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Elongated recreational flotation device

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A flotation device includes an elongated and flexible member with a channel extending between longitudinal ends of the flexible member. The flexible member is configured to support an individual within water during a recreational activity. The flexible member can include at least one cut-out defining a handle. A sleeve having a body member is dimensioned to fit over the flexible member and act as the flexible member's skin. The sleeve can includes at least one cut-out which substantially aligns with the at least one cut-out of the flexible member.



Interlocking floatation device

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus for floatation of one or more persons on water includes a floatation device. The floatation device is sized for a single person and can be interlocked (i.e., secured) to additional floatation devices. Each individual floatation device is preferably made from an air-filled vinyl mattress or from foam. Each floatation device preferably includes at least one protrusion and at least one recess; however any desired combination of protrusions and recesses may be included. The protrusion of one individual floatation device interlocks within a recess of a second individual floatation device. A pair of retaining clips helps maintain each of the protrusions within the recesses. Any desired number of the individual floatation devices may be secured together to provide a larger overall floatation device for use by multiple persons while still providing each person their own personal floatation device.



Surfboard with air-film creating vents

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An air vent that passes from the deck of a surfboard through to its bottom. The vent may have a wide variety of shapes. The trailing boundary of the vent's lower portion is preferably inclined forward toward the surfboard's nose. The inclination serves to prevent water flowing upward. Instead, air is entrained by the water flowing across the vent's bottom exit and pulled downward. A portion of the entrained air flows rearward out of the bottom exit along the surfboard's bottom. This entrained air forms an air film between the board's bottom and the surrounding water, thereby reducing friction.



Shoe with integrated fin apparatus

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A shoe with integrated fin apparatus including a pair of fin members disposed on either side of a shoe proximal the outsole of said shoe, each of said fin members including a maximum width disposed proximal the toe box of the shoe and a minimum width disposed proximal the heel of said shoe, wherein each of said pair of fin members is moveable between a furled position, securable to a shoe fastener medially disposed atop the toe box, and an unfurled position, disposed splayed laterally along each side of the shoe, whereby said shoe with integrated fin apparatus is wearable for unimpeded locomotion upon dry land and is also usable to effect increased water displacement when swimming.



Lifejacket provided with heating unit

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A life jacket provided with a heating unit, capable of preventing a person wearing the life jacket from dying due to hypothermia after the person has fallen into water. The life jacket provided with a jacket main body in which a space is formed between an inner skin and an outer skin, and a floater and a heating unit which are inserted into the space of the jacket's main body includes: a heating portion for producing heat by contacting water; a water transferring member, one end of which arranged within the heating part and the other end of which exposed to a surface of the jacket's main body so that water infiltrates thereto from the other end by capillary action and permeated into the heating part; and a covering part attached on a surface of the main body of the jacket covering the other end of the water transferring member.



Releasable binding systems

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A releasable water ski binding system includes a trigger mechanism that causes releasable bindings to release a boot from a ski. The trigger mechanism senses a displacement of a portion of a body of a skier past a point of criticality and causes the releasable bindings to release the boot from the ski.



Mooring system and connector assembly

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A mooring system, and connector assembly, which in a preferred embodiment is a vessel mooring and fluid transfer system. The connector assembly has a first portion (2A) configured to be coupled to one or more mooring lines (1), and a second portion (2B) configured to be coupled to a vessel. The first and second portions are rotatable with respect to one another to permit a vessel coupling on the second portion to swivel about the mooring coupling on the first portion. In a preferred embodiment, the connector assembly comprises a guide (2E) for a conduit, which may be a fluid transfer conduit such as flexible riser (6). The invention also provides methods of use of the mooring systems described.



Floating mounting base for an umbrella

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A floating mounting base for a vertical support for use in water includes a base housing defining an interior chamber having an opening at a top of the base housing for maintaining a weighting material below a surface of the water to maintain the vertical support in a substantially vertical position. The base housing further defines a support chamber for supporting the vertical support in the substantially vertical position. A lid encloses the interior chamber from an external environment. The lid defines an opening aligned with the support chamber enables the vertical support to be inserted through the lid and into the support chamber. A bottom of the circular base housing is insertable within an opening of a float ring and one of the base housing or the lid defines a surface for engaging the float ring and preventing the float ring from moving past the lid.



Wireline flotation device and method

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A wireline floatation device capable of reducing the weight of a wireline deployed down a well bore may include a floatation module capable of being detachably affixed to a wireline and formed at least partially of a buoyant material. A groove in the floatation module may extend longitudinally from a top face to a bottom face and laterally from an inner portion to an outer surface to receive the wireline. The groove may include a wireline receptacle portion capable of operatively housing the wireline. The floatation module may also include one or more gripping means capable of retaining the floatation module at a predetermined position on the wireline. The floatation module may further include a retaining means capable of selectively retaining the wireline within the groove. The floatation module may include a plurality of floatation modules capable of being operatively engaged to each other and detachably affixed to the wireline.



Safety belt swim trainer

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A safety-retrieval system comprised of three components, a life jacket with reinforced tethering points, a waist belt with tethering points to be worn around a secondary person's waist, and a tethering line/leash to connect the life jacket to the waist belt.



Self-inflating device

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A pressure-activated flotation device for use with an electronic device includes an attachment feature, chemicals, a container, a removable cap, an inflatable tube, and a pressure-activated valve. The inflatable tube is fluidly connected to the container and is configured to inflate with the expanding gas when the chemicals are exposed to a liquid. The pressure-activated valve leads from the outer surface of the container to the inner volume of the container and includes a one-way valve that opens to allow liquid to flow to the inner volume of the container when the pressure-activated flotation device is submerged in the liquid to a depth where the pressure applied against the pressure-activated valve by the liquid is greater than an actuation pressure. The one-way valve also closes when the expanding gas generates a gas pressure inside the inflatable tube that exceeds a threshold.



Recreational buoyancy system

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A recreational buoyancy system is provided that includes multiple floats and a user support that engages and conforms to a shape of a body of a user. The user support may include an intermediate portion and multiple arms that extend from the intermediate portion in different directions toward outer ends of the multiple arms. Multiple floats are arranged at the outer ends of the multiple arms, respectively. The user support may be made from a flexible material so that the user support can conform to the body of the user while the multiple floats buoyantly support the user in the water at the spaced-apart locations while allowing the multiple floats to move relative to each other.



Convertible emergency device

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A convertible emergency device for enabling a user to deploy a floatation device from a wearable structure in an emergency situation. The convertible emergency device comprises in one embodiment waist pack which can convert to an inflated life vest by actuation of a pull cord. Such actuation of the pull cord causes portions of the body of the waist pack to automatically inflate with air from a gas cylinder canister. The convertible emergency device comprises in another embodiment a backpack configured to convert into an inflatable life boat having a pair of oars. When in the backpack state, the uninflated life boat is releasably attached to the shoulder strap and the oars, with the pair of oars disposed on the either side of the uninflated life boat. When a pull cord is pulled, the life boat is inflated to enable it to provide a floating vessel for a user.



Unitary security accessory for a surfboard

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Provided herein are improvements in surfboard security.



Flotation device

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The presently disclosed subject matter relates to a flotation device suited to teach beginner swimming techniques or provide enjoyment in an aquatic environment while providing flotation to at least a portion of the swimmer's body. The flotation device for aiding a swimmer in a body of water may comprise a body formed from an extruded foam and comprising a top surface, a bottom surface, a first side rail, a second side rail, a leading lateral surface, and a trailing lateral surface, and wherein the extruded foam is a flexible cellular foam. The presently disclosed subject matter also relates to methods of making the flotation device.



Method and system for a towed vessel suitable for transporting liquids

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A towed vessel suitable for containing and transporting various liquids is disclosed. The vessel further comprises various features useful in the transportation, navigation, and storage of the towable vessel, both when in use for transporting fluids and when transported in an emptied state. Such features include navigational and positioning devices and methods, power supply devices and methods, and means for filling, inflating, emptying, and deflating a non-rigid, towed vessel. Aspects of embodiments of the present invention further include features useful for purifying or preserving the purity of the fluid to be transported.



Buoy based marine seismic survey system and method

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A seismic survey system for recording seismic data underwater. The system includes first plural buoys configured to descend to a first predetermined depth (H1) in water, at least one buoy having a seismic receiver for recording the seismic data; a first vessel configured to launch the first plural buoys; and a first acoustic system attached to the first vessel and configured to detect a position of the at least one buoy while underwater. The at least one buoy is instructed to maintain the first predetermined depth (H1) underwater while recording the seismic data.



Multi-directional surfboard and method

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A board including a contact section, and a first step section which is at a different height from the contact section so that it does not make contact with a substantially level water surface when the board is at rest on the top of the substantially level water surface. The board further including a first hydrofoil fixed to the first step section. The first hydrofoil includes a keel and the first hydrofoil is fixed the first step section so that the keel is substantially perpendicular to the board. The first hydrofoil includes a wing which is fixed to and substantially perpendicular to the keel of the first hydrofoil. The wing is angled relative to the first step section from zero degrees to ninety degrees. The board may include a second step section and a second hydrofoil, which may be fixed to the second step section.



Fin cover for water vessel and associated use thereof

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A fin cover for protecting environmental surroundings from a water vessel fin during non-use of the water vessel preferably includes a body capable of receiving the water vessel fin therein. Such a body may have a reinforced closed distal end provided with a guard. The body may further have a plurality of rubber grooves located at an inner surface thereof. At least one fastener attached to the body in such a manner that the body is maintained at a substantially stable position about the water vessel fin.



Skidproof sports mat

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A sports mat includes a foam sheet, an adhesive bonding film, a patterned layer and a skid proof layer. The foam sheet is made of polyethylene foam. The adhesive bonding film applied to a top surface of the foam sheet. The patterned layer has a plastic film and a pattern printed in a bottom surface of the plastic film. The plastic film together with the pattern is joined on top of the adhesive bonding film. The skid proof layer, made of thermal plastic rubber, is coated over a top surface of the plastic film. Additionally, the skid proof layer together with the patterned layer, the adhesive bonding film and the foam sheet defines a plurality of indentations and protrusions over a top surface of the skid proof layer so as to strengthen connection therebetween.



Swim fin attachment

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention is generally directed to a swim fin generally including a fin blade and a bootie, the bootie including a foot pocket configured to receive a user's foot and ankle, the foot pocket attached to the top surface of the fin blade; and a strap system including one or more straps pulling the user's foot and ankle into the foot pocket toward the distal edge of the fin blade and down against a top surface of the fin blade. Some aspects of the present invention may also include a foot pocket formed from a first portion having a first elastic characteristic connected to the top surface of the fin blade; and a second portion having a second elastic characteristic portion disposed at least on a portion of the top surface of the foot pocket, the second elastic characteristic being greater than the first elastic characteristic.



Waterborne craft and fin incorporating air conduits for drag reduction

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The invention comprises a waterborne craft having a hull, board or base, and a fin, keel, centerboard or the like. One or more air conduits exit the hull, board or base at or adjacent at least one side of the fin, keel or centerboard, or exit the fin, keel, or centerboard, excluding the leading edge of the fin, keel or centerboard in use, in a position such that the conduit in use provides or the conduits in use provide air to a position at or adjacent at least one side of the fin, keel or centerboard.



Personal floatation device having selectively inflatable bladders

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A personal floatation device includes a housing and a plurality of bladders disposed within the housing. The plurality of bladders are movable between a non-deployed position within the housing and extendable from the housing to a deployed position. A device is provided for selectively filling the bladder with a substance that is buoyant in water and causing the bladder to be moved from the non-deployed position to the deployed position. The bladder filling and deploying mechanism can be a cartridge that contains a supply of a compressed gas.



Rescue method and system for an overboard passenger

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A system and method are used for dispatching a rescue flotation device to an individual who has fallen overboard from a ship. A water-activated transmitter is carried or worn by each and every passenger on a given ship. Upon detecting moisture, the transmitter is activated to send a data signal to a radio signal receiver on the ship. The contents of the data signal may be the location and/or coordinates of the victim, as determined by triangulation of the signal, a GPS receiver and/or radar. Upon transmission of the data, a rescue flotation device or vessel is automatically deployed from a portion of the vessel into the water. The rescue device may be dispatched from a portion of the ship nearest to the determined location of the victim, and/or the rescue device may be self-propelled such that it navigates to the approximate location of victim.



Body board system

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention features a body board system for giving a user a greater sense of maneuverability and control when using the body board. The system features a generally planar body board having a channel located in a body board top surface. The system features a first pivoting base located in a channel first end and a second pivoting base located in a channel second end. A handle assembly is pivotally located on the top surface and features a handle with a handle first end pivotally located on the first pivoting base and a handle second end pivotally located on the second pivoting base. For a first position, the handle is adapted to be pivoted from the channel and raised to an angle for use by a user and for a second position the handle is adapted to be pivoted into the channel.



Skier controlled watercraft

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A water ski handle system used with a personal water ski towing watercraft that includes a handle component that selectively attaches to a standard water ski handle and contains a manual control module. The control module includes directional control buttons, power ON and OFF buttons, and power Up and Down buttons. Coupled to the control module is a self-correcting propulsion and steering system that senses undesirable changes to the watercraft's motion caused by the water-skier when pulled by the watercraft. When a difference is detected, a command module located in the watercraft automatically controls the watercraft's propulsion and steering systems so the watercraft follows the desired path and velocity. The system also includes an auto-back tracking feature that automatically reduces power to the last known marked geographic point the skier was upright.



Stand up paddle including a variety of attachments

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A stand up paddle surfboard (SUPS) and associated paddle is provided. The SUPS may have up to two containers affixed generally towards the bow. A first container is designed to retain refuse and a second container is designed to retain game ball(s). The paddle includes a removable handle on a first side of a shaft and a paddle with a securable net and hook on the second side of the shaft. The securable net and hook may be employed to remove refuse found in the water and place such in the first container. The removable handle may be replaced with a game net permitting a host of ball toss games and the like to be played, using the second container to retain such balls. The SUPS and associated paddle may be modified for watersports as well as environmental cleanup activities.



Offshore drilling vessel

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A drilling vessel or drilling platform comprising: a hull with a moonpool; and a hydraulic riser tensioner system configured to apply a tension force from the drilling vessel or drilling platform upon a riser string, the riser tensioner system comprising: a riser ring, wherein the riser tensioner system is fastened to the riser string via the riser ring; a set of sheaves provided at each lateral side of the moonpool; a plurality of cables configured to extend between the drilling vessel or drilling platform to the riser ring via the sheaves; and a set of hydraulic cylinders actuating upon the sheaves and thereby applying the tension force to the cables, wherein the hydraulic cylinders are arranged substantially horizontally at the lateral sides of the moonpool.



Ship or air deployable automated buoy refueling station for multiple manned or unmanned surface vessels

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A fueling system including a ship or air deployable automated fueling station and one or more sea surface water vessels. The fueling station including a ballast arrangement to maintain an optimal freeboard for fueling the one or more water vessels, the fueling station and the one or more water vessels including a communication arrangement for communications between the fueling station and the one or more water vessels. The fueling station including a plurality of nozzles for simultaneously fueling a plurality of water vessels.



Friction-attached aquatic accessory

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An aquatic accessory adapted for frictional attachment with a shoe being worn by a user comprises a receptacle portion and a fin portion extending outwardly from the receptacle portion. The receptacle portion is adapted to receive at least a portion of an inserted shoe, and frictionally attach with the shoe. Gripping members can be configured and angled in a manner for providing increased frictional attachment between the aquatic accessory and inserted shoe. The accessory can be fabricated from a stretchable material to provide a radial attachment force for enhancing frictional attachment between the aquatic accessory and an inserted shoe.



Personal floatation device sleeve

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The personal floatation device (PFD) sleeve presented in this application comprises a sleeve in the form of a strip that can be worn on a swimmer's appendage including leg, calf and arm. The PFD sleeve may be made of a flexible, water resistant material. The PFD sleeve comprises a single compartment wherein a deflated PFD with CO2 cartridge is stored during swimming, and a first and a second connection panel whose major function is to wrap around the appendage of a swimmer using the fastening means on their surfaces. The present invention provides a PFD that is simple, reliable, light-weight, compact and can be inflated and deployed quickly during an emergency to support a swimmer floating on the water but does not affect the swimmer's mobility before it is deployed.



Flying ski and elongated board for flying ski

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An improved elongated board for a flying ski designed to be towed behind a conventional powered watercraft utilizing a standard ski tow rope or similar device. The elongated board comprises a front end and a back end. The front end extending from a front edge to about one-half of the length of the elongated board, the back end extending from a back edge to about one-half of the length of the elongated board, and the back end has a greater mass than the front end.



Wader pants system with inflatable membranes

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A system for providing a secure fit between feet and/or ankles of an individual and boot sections of wader pants may include wader pants including boot sections, and wader support pants configured to be positioned underneath or over the wader pants. The wader support pants may include inflatable membranes configured to be disposed within or on the boot sections of the wader pants, and a pump in fluid communication with the inflatable membranes. The pump is operable to inflate the membranes to provide a secure fit between the boot sections of the wader pants and the feet and/or ankles of the individual.



Inflatable walking apparatus

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus for providing enhanced traction for an inflatable device is disclosed. The apparatus includes an inflatable gear assembly attachable to the inflatable device. The inflatable gear assembly defines an outside diameter that is greater than the largest cross-sectional distance of the inflatable device. The inflatable gear assembly and the inflatable device may be configured as totally integrated, partially integrated, or totally separated air chambers.



Passive security system and equipment on vessels for man over board situations

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EST

A passive security system and personal equipment on vessels is for man over board situations. The personal equipment, prepared for being worn by a crewmember of the vessel, includes a first module (2) integrated into a belt (4); a life jacket (5) folded inside of the first module (2) and attached thereto by at least one strap (6); a second module (8) placed in the interior of the first module (2), connected to the life jacket (5) and configured to inflate the life jacket (5) when it detects a man over board situation. The first module (2) has on its rear part one flap (3) configured to be opened by the life jacket (5) inflating action, allowing the passage thereof to the exterior of the first module (2). It is used as a passive security element for “man over board” situations, to allow an immediate detection of the situation and a fast rescue.



Method and apparatus for total control handle

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EST

By using the intelligent ski handle capable of communicating with a tow boat, a towed user can control functions such as raising a warning flag, changing the speed and direction of the boat, sounding a horn, etc. thus promoting safety of the rider. When the towed user is separated by a prespecified distance from the ski handle, the handle can sense a fallen rider and wirelessly transmit a control signal to a receiver on the towing boat.



Personal floatation device with float chair and kayak mounting features

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:00:00 EST

A floatation garment includes a front panel formed of a front panel sheet of elastic material tapering inwardly at the front panel sheet lower end and having series of buoyant members which are laterally spaced apart and contained within the front panel sheet, and a generally horizontal front securing strap having front strap connection means at opposing strap ends and a rear panel formed of rear panel sheet also tapering inwardly at the rear panel sheet lower end and also having a generally horizontal rear securing strap having rear strap connection means at opposing strap ends positioned to connect to corresponding front strap connection means, the front and rear panel sheets preferably being interconnected at the front and rear panel sheet lower ends by an elastic connecting segment to form a single, continuous garment sheet.



Buoyancy vest

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:00:00 EST

Apparatus for body surfing, and more particularly a body surfing buoyancy vest. The present invention relates to a buoyancy vest to be worn alone or under a body surfing suit or wetsuit which is able to regulate the buoyancy of the surfer to enable them to maintain maximum control and buoyancy balance in the water.



Swimming device for increased underwater resistance

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:00:00 EST

A swimming device for increased underwater resistance increases resistance while underwater for purposes of rehabilitation and fitness. The device includes a glove having a main portion and a plurality of finger portions and a thumb portion whereby the glove is configured for covering a human hand. A channel-forming member has a peripheral wall extending upwardly from the main portion of the glove and a top wall extending between a first side and a second side of the peripheral wall. The channel-forming member has a pair of separator portions extending downwardly from the peripheral wall wherein the separator portions are configured for separating the channel-forming member into a plurality of channels. A pair of fins is coupled to the channel-forming member wherein the fins and the channels are configured for increasing underwater resistance when the glove is positioned on the hand and moved underwater.



Self-inflating device

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:00:00 EST

A self-inflating device can include a container configured to receive a chemical compound, a one-way valve covering an opening leading to an inner volume of the container, and an inflatable portion fluidly connected to the inner volume of the container and configured to inflate with gas produced when the chemical compound is exposed to water. The inflatable portion can be configured to inflate when a gas pressure inside the self-inflating device exceeds a water pressure outside the self-inflating device. As the inflatable portion inflates with gas produced by the chemical reaction of the chemical compound, the inflatable portion can increase in volume and can displace water in a body of water. Consequently, the overall buoyancy of the self-inflating device can increase, causing the self-inflating device to rise in the water column toward the surface of the body of water where a user can easily retrieve the self-inflating device, as well as any object that is attached to the self-inflating device.



Device for increasing the buoyancy of a human body

Tue, 10 Feb 2015 08:00:00 EST

A device for increasing the buoyancy of a human body in water includes an inflatable tube member (1), a coupling unit (4) including a first part (8) and a second part (11), the coupling unit together with the tube member being arranged to form an endless float ring when the device is in the active state, a gas cartridge (6) having a punctureable membrane, a penetration element (23) arranged to puncture the membrane, a gas duct extending between the first part of the coupling unit and the tube member, wherein the gas cartridge and the penetration element are mutually displaceable in the direction towards each other. A first coupling member (20) of the first part is pivotally arranged about a pivot between an inactive position and an actuating position, in which the first coupling member, direct or indirect, causing the mutual displacement of the gas cartridge and the penetration element.



Life ring buoy and flotation cushion

Tue, 10 Feb 2015 08:00:00 EST

The present invention is an improved life ring buoy and flotation cushion that has the ability to be deployed and retrieved to aide a distressed person from drowning. The present invention has the ability to emit light upon being deployed. The present invention combines a flotation device, a retrieval line and a plurality of illuminating sources. The retrieval line is stowed within a recessed cavity in the flotation device. The illuminating sources are switched on prior to deploying the flotation device. The retrieval line is protected from detrimental ultraviolent light because it is stowed within the flotation device. A temporary seal prevents the retrieval line from prematurely exiting the recessed cavity. The improved retrieval line has an eye spliced in the exposed end and wrapped in brightly colored protective tubing, eliminating direct exposure to sunlight. The exposed retrieval line eye is tethered to the mechanical switch for the integral lights.



Slidable surfboard fin

Tue, 10 Feb 2015 08:00:00 EST

A sliding fin for a surfboard includes a base having a planar tab with an upper flange, a large fin piece having a first indentation, and a small fin piece for mating face-to-face with the large fin piece. The second fin piece has a second indentation that forms a channel that has a cross-sectional shape corresponding to a cross-sectional shape of the planar tab and upper flange, the channel being longer than the width of the planar tab, the small fin piece being translucent to enable the planar tab in the channel to be seen, the large and small fin pieces being slidable relative to the base on the planar tab.



Motorized watercraft system with interchangeable motor module

Tue, 10 Feb 2015 08:00:00 EST

A personal watercraft body comprises a recess configured to receive similarly shaped cassettes. A first cassette may be motorized to propel the body relative to a body of water. A second cassette may be non-motorized and may include a storage space therein for storing personal items. An insert may be disposed between the cassettes and the recess to orient and fit the cassettes within the body.



Attachment device for attachment to a membrane, E.G. of a balloon, without puncturing the membrane

Tue, 10 Feb 2015 08:00:00 EST

An attachment device for attachment to a membrane without puncturing the membrane. It comprises two interengaging parts (10, 12) and an O-ring (50) held by the interengaging parts (10, 12) when the device is in use. The interengaging parts (10, 12) are movable relative to one another from a position in which they are able to receive the O-ring (50) to a position in which they trap the O-ring (50). As a result, when the device is attached to a membrane (52), the interengaging parts (10, 12) can be located on one side of the membrane (52) with the O-ring (50) on the other side of the membrane (52) adjacent to the interengaging parts (10, 12), and the O-ring (50) can be slipped over at least one of the interengaging parts (10, 12) with the membrane (52) extending between the O-ring (50) and at least one of the interengaging parts (10, 12). In this way the O-ring (50) is received by the interengaging parts (10, 12), whereupon the interengaging parts (10, 12) may be moved relative to one another so that they trap the O-ring (50) and with it portions of the membrane (52), to secure attachment of the attachment device to the membrane (52).



Surfboard fin for generating surfboard lift and method of use

Tue, 03 Feb 2015 08:00:00 EST

The present invention relates to a lifted fin apparatus comprising one or more lifted fin elements with foiled tin components for a reduction of pressure and drag and an increase in surfboard lift as well as a method of achieving surfboard lift through, the use of said apparatus. Generally, the lifted fin apparatus comprises two or more lifted fin elements exhibiting a foil design on one or more of the fin surfaces. The individual fin elements may comprise a substantially vertical fin attached to a first edge of a base member and oriented at a substantially 90° angle in relation to the bottom surface of the surfboard or to the first edge of the base member. The fin elements may further comprise an angular fin mounted to a second edge of the base member at one end and the lower portion of the first, fin at the other end. In said embodiment, a bend or elbow is formed between a first fin component of angular fin and base member proximate the point of attachment at second edge of base member. Alternatively, the base member may not have a defined second edge representing the intersection between base member and a first fin component of angular fin, but rather the base member and the angular fin may be manufactured as a unitary structure with a bend or elbow between base member and a first fin component as described below.



System for handling a transfer device

Tue, 03 Feb 2015 08:00:00 EST

A system for handling a transfer device (10) for transferring load from a storage facility, sub sea or integrated in the production facility (1) to a vessel on the sea surface (2) comprising: a pickup line (11) comprising a first end (11a) connected to the transfer device (10) and a second end (11b & 11c) available at the sea surface (2); a connection device (13) for connection of the transfer device (10) to the tension buoy (14); a swiveling device (20) for rotation of the connection device (13) in relation to the tension buoy (14); and a position limiting device (21) fixed to the connection device (13), for limiting the position of the pickup line (11) in relation to the tension buoy (14).



Dual section paddleboard

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:00:00 EST

A dual section paddle board is configured to be stable in water which is shallow without fouling vegetation or hitting rocks. The dual section paddle board includes two board sections that are symmetrical along a single edge of each section to increase stability while paddle boarding. A connector joins the two board sections proximate one another permitting balance shifting that further increases stability. Each board section is made from a buoyant material in order to maintain buoyancy while avoiding damage to the board section.



Flipper equipped with an asymmetrical flexing wing section

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:00:00 EST

A flipper including a bootee extended to the front by a flexible wing section, at least one flexible element placed in the direction of the length under the flexible wing section and a securing portion arranged between the proximal part of the flexible element and the proximal part of the flexible wing section.



Life vest with retrieval device

Tue, 13 Jan 2015 08:00:00 EST

Disclosed is a personal flotation and rescue device. The device includes a life vest with an interconnected backpack. The backpack includes an interior area that is enclosed by a peripheral zipper. A boom is initially stored within the backpack in an uninflated and accordion-like state. A water activated inflator is secured to the boom and is adapted to fully inflate the boom upon contact with water. Inflation of the boom causes the zipper to open and thereby permit the boom to be fully extended from the back of the wearer. Joints are included along the length of the boom such that it takes on a bounded configuration after inflation. The bounded area and then be used by rescue personnel in retrieving the wearer of the device.