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Deck boat

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Martin Aubé, David Kalhok, Alain Rheault, Rick Adamczyk

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

Combined herein are the benefits of a flat deck pontoon boat and the speed and versatility of a jet propelled watercraft. The watercraft is equipped with a propulsion source sufficient to move the watercraft at a substantial speed through the water. The seating layout on the deck provides the amenities of an extremely comfortable watercraft capable of seating multiple passengers while providing sufficient storage space for all necessary items for such a voyage. The watercraft is equipped with a substantially flat deck area with an upper bow deck and a lowered recess area which, when filled with water, provides cooling and amusement for the passengers. The watercraft is equipped with a privacy compartment or toilet, a kitchen area, and a double driver seat, which can be rotated from a relaxing position to a driving position. A rear sundeck can be converted into upright seats. Under the kitchen area an ice chest or some other item can be stowed. The layout of the deck on the boat permits passengers to move easily through the passenger areas.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The accompanying drawings, which are incorporated in and constitute a part of the specification, illustrate embodiments of the invention and, together with the general description given above and the detailed description of the embodiments given below, serve to explain the principles of the present invention.

FIG. 1 is a side view of the deck boat of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a front view of the deck boat of the present invention;

FIG. 3 is a rear view of the deck boat of the present invention;

FIG. 4 is a top view of the deck layout of the deck boat of the present invention;

FIG. 5 is a rear perspective view of the deck layout of the deck boat of the present invention;

FIG. 6 is a partial rear perspective view of the deck boat of the present invention, showing the seat backs in a generally upright position;

FIG. 7 is a schematic of the pool area and associated equipment for the deck boat of the present invention;

FIG. 8 is a schematic side view of the gradient of the ramp area disposed between two of the deck surfaces on the deck boat of the present invention;

FIG. 9 is a port side perspective view of the deck boat of the present invention;

FIG. 10A is a side view of the window position locking mechanism;

FIG. 10B is a partial cross-section of the window position locking mechanism taken along line

10B—

10B in FIG. 10A;

FIG. 11 is a partial perspective view of the privacy compartment in a closed position;

FIG. 12 is a partial perspective view of the privacy compartment in a half-open position;

FIG. 13 is a partial perspective view of the privacy compartment in a fully deployed position;

FIG. 14 is a view of a first alternative scheme for the privacy compartment;

FIG. 15 is a view of a second alternative scheme for the privacy compartment;

FIG. 16 is a view of a third alternative scheme for the privacy compartment;

FIG. 17 is a partial perspective view of the driver's seat in a relaxing position;

FIG. 18 is a partial perspective view of the driver's seat in the driving position;

FIG. 19 is a partial rear view of the rear deck and engine compartment of the deck boat of the present invention;

FIG. 20 is a perspective view, from the rear and port side of the deck boat of the present invention, showing the engine compartment closed;

FIG. 21 is a rear view of the deck boat, illustrating various fetures of the engine compartment canopy;

FIG. 22 is a perspective view of a storage compartment at the rear of the deck boat of the present invention;

FIG. 23 is a partial cross-section of the rear of the deck boat, illustrating the position of the exhaust ports for the propulsion system;

FIG. 24 is a view of a preferred location of the propulsion system for the deck boat of the present invention in relation to the stern thereof;

FIG. 25 is a cross-sectional view of the rear section of the deck boat of the present invention, which illustrates the angular relationship between the drive line and the keel line;

FIG. 26 in an end view of one of the exhaust ports at the rear of the deck boat;

FIG. 27 is a cross-sectional side view illustration of the exhaust port illustrated in FIG. 26; and

FIG. 28 is a perspective illustration of the exhaust port illustrated in FIG.

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Claims

1. A deck boat, comprising:

2. A deck boat according to claim 1, wherein the sloping transition defines at least one of a vertical drop and a vertical rise of greater than one inch.

3. A deck boat according to claim 2, wherein the at least one of a vertical drop and a vertical rise is about 2 inches.

4. A deck boat according to claim 1, wherein the at least two deck sections are substantially flat.

5. A deck boat, comprising:

6. A deck boat according to claim 5, further comprising a swivel mount, wherein the seat pivots about the swivel mount when being selectively switched between the driving position and the relaxing position.

7. A deck boat according to clam

5, wherein, when the seat is in the relaxing position, the seat is disposed about 90° from the driving position so that it faces toward a side of the boat.

8. A deck boat, comprising:

9. A deck boat according to claim 8, wherein the recess is positioned in at least a bow portion of the boat.

10. A deck boat according to claim 8 further comprising a sump disposed below the recess permitting the water to drain thereinto, and a pump connected to the sump for evacuating water from the sump.

11. A deck boat according to claim 10, further comprising a spraying mechanism within the sump, operatively connected to the pump, and adapted for (i) receiving water from the sump and (ii) spraying the water from the sump into the main deck.

12. A deck boat according to claim 11, wherein the spraying mechanism sprays the water into the air in a form of at least one of a water column, multiple water streams, or a mist.

13. The deck boat according to claim 8, wherein the recess is formed in a lowest portion of the main deck.

14. The deck boat according to claim 8, wherein the recess has a depth of no more than 5 inches.

15. A deck boat, comprising:

16. A deck boat according to claim 15, wherein the door engages a locking mechanism when forming the seal.

17. A deck boat, comprising:

18. A deck boat according to claim 17, wherein the second deck portion is positioned at a stern of the boat and the substantially flat surface is disposed above a waterline of the boat at a sufficient distance to discourage ingress of water onto the second deck portion while facilitating ingress of a person onto the boat from the water.

19. A deck boat, comprising:

20. A deck boat according to claim 19 further comprising:

21. A deck boat according to claim 19 wherein the at least one passenger seat further includes a headrest disposed on top of the at least one passenger seat.

22. A deck boat according to claim 21 wherein the headrest is extendable upwardly from the at least one passenger seat.

23. A deck boat, comprising:

24. A deck boat according to claim 23, wherein the privacy compartment includes at least one of a toilet area, a changing area, or a shower.

25. A deck boat according to claim 23, wherein the privacy compartment is positioned forward of a steering console.

26. A deck boat according to claim 23, wherein the privacy compartment further comprises:

27. A deck boat according to claim 26, wherein the flexible curtain is made of a fabric.

28. A deck boat according to claim 27, wherein the fabric is vented.

29. A deck boat according to claim 27, wherein the flexible curtain includes battons adapted to prevent the flexible curtain from billowing when the privacy compartment is being closed.

30. A deck boat according to claim 23, wherein the privacy compartment is adapted to provide privacy for a standing adult, the standing adult being of average size.

31. A deck boat according to claim 23, wherein the rigid member is substantially shaped according to at least one of an L-shape and a triangular-shape.

32. A deck boat according to claim 23, wherein the rigid member includes a number of overlapping sides.

33. A deck boat according to claim 32, wherein the overlapping sides telescope from the closed position to the open position.

34. A deck boat, comprising:

35. A deck boat according to claim 34, further comprising a locking mechanism disposed between the rear portion and the upper surface to lock the rear portion in the at least one second position.

36. A deck boat according to claim 34, wherein each of the number of sections is independently changeable between the first and the at least one second position.

37. A deck boat according to claim 34, wherein the number of sections includes three sections.

38. The deck boat according to claim 34, wherein the upper surface is padded.

39. The deck boat according to claim 34, wherein the upper surface is at least part of a motor compartment cover configured to cover a motor.

40. A deck boat, comprising:

41. A deck boat according to claim 40, wherein at least a portion of the canopy is L-shaped.

42. A deck boat according to claim 40, further comprising:

43. A deck boat according to claim 40, wherein the canopy forms an airbox adapted to facilitate an air exchange for at least one of the motor and an interior of the deck boat.

44. A deck boat according to claim 43, wherein at least two layers of material are disposed from one another a predetermined distance to form the airbox, the canopy including vents permitting air to enter the air box but discouraging water from entering the air box.

45. A deck boat, comprising:

46. A deck boat according to claim 45, wherein the first light and the second light include at least one of a docking light and a courtesy light.

47. A deck boat according to claim 45, wherein the at least one exterior lighting fixture is positioned at the bow of the boat.

48. A deck boat according to claim 47, wherein the at least one exterior lighting fixture comprises two exterior lighting fixtures.

49. A deck boat, comprising:

50. A deck boat according to claim 49, wherein the main portion is selectively changeable between the first position and the second position.

51. A deck boat according to claim 50, wherein, in the first position of the main portion, the main portion of the windshield is substantially horizontal.

52. A deck boat according to claim 50, wherein, in the second position of the main portion, the main portion of the windshield is substantially upright.

53. A deck boat according to claim 49, wherein the side portion is hingedly attached to a lateral side of the main portion.

54. A deck boat, comprising:

55. The deck boat according to claim 54, wherein the predetermined distance is about 527 mm.

56. A deck boat, comprising: