Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc has been granted a patent for an apparatus that allows for the mounting of a pedal propulsion system to a watercraft. The apparatus includes a mount portion, link support, upper and lower links, and a column clamp. These components work together to create a four-bar linkage arrangement that allows for the simultaneous movement of the propulsion system between an extended and lockable position for operation, and a retracted and lockable position for loading, transporting, unloading, and launching the watercraft. The column clamp is used to fix the drive column of the propulsion system to the link support. GlobalData’s report on Dick’s Sporting Goods gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.
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The patent is granted for an apparatus for mounting a pedal propulsion system to a watercraft
A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11655013B2) describes an apparatus for mounting a propulsion system to a watercraft. The apparatus includes an elongated mount portion that can be attached to a watercraft, with a lower portion and an upper portion spaced above it. The apparatus also includes at least one elongated link support, with a lower portion and an upper portion spaced above it.
The apparatus further comprises a first arm and a second arm, with the first arm pivotally connected to the link support and the second arm connected to the mount portion. The first arm and the second arm are configured to form a toggle lock, allowing compression of the link support and the mount portion. Additionally, there is at least one link pivotally connected to the link support and the mount portion. The link support, link, first arm, and second arm are designed to move between a first position where the link support is parallel to the mount portion, and a second position where the link support is elevated above the first position.
The apparatus also includes at least one column clamp that can receive and surround a drive column of the propulsion system. The column clamp is capable of selectively fixing the drive column with respect to the link support.
The patent also describes various configurations and features of the apparatus, such as the use of lower and upper links to define an axis, the formation of a four-bar linkage with the mount portion, link support, lower link, and upper link, and the inclusion of a locking member and releasable fasteners for securing the apparatus in different positions.
Overall, this patent presents an apparatus that provides a secure and adjustable mounting solution for a propulsion system on a watercraft. The design allows for easy installation and removal of the propulsion system while ensuring stability and reliability during operation.