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US3322092A
US3322092A US492654A US49265465A US3322092A US 3322092 A US3322092 A US 3322092A US 492654 A US492654 A US 492654A US 49265465 A US49265465 A US 49265465A US 3322092 A US3322092 A US 3322092A
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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B63SHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; RELATED EQUIPMENT
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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
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    • B63HMARINE PROPULSION OR STEERING
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May 30, 1967 a. A. LANDON 3,322,092
FOOT OPERATED BOAT MOTOR GUIDING APPARATUS Filed Oct. 4, 1965 2 Sheets-Sheet l INVENTOR. BYREL A LANDON LN $5 v J I ?MMAM;Z/M
A/fws May 30, 1967 B. A. LANDONY FOOT OPERATED BOAT MOTOR GUIDING APPARATUS 2 Sheets-Sheet :3
Filed Oct. 4, 1965 INVEIVTOR. BYREL A. LANDON Z/MZ/MJM Ai /one s United States Patent 3,322,092 FOOT OPERATED BOAT MOTOR GUIDING APPARATUS Byrel A. Landon, RR. 1, Redkey, Ind. 47373 Filed Oct. 4, 1965, Ser. No. 492,654 7 Claims. (Cl. 115-18) This invention relates generally to power boats, and more particularly to outboard motors and foot operated controls for turning or guiding such motors, as installed. An object of the invention is to control motor position without use of the hands.
Another object is to turn the motor with respect to its mounting, without use of the hands.
Another object is to controllably turn the boat by means of the motor, without use of the hands.
The full nature of the invention will be understood from the accompanying drawings and the following description and claims:
FIG. 1 is a top plan view of a boat incorporating my invention,
FIG. 2 is an enlarged fragmentary perspective view thereof showing the foot levers and mounting thereof.
FIG. 3 is an enlarged perspective view of the telescopic brace employed.
FIG. 4 is an exploded enlarged perspective of the adjustable connecting bracket.
FIG. 5 is an enlarged elevational view of the cable connecting plate, mounted to a motor frame bar.
FIG. 6 is a top plan view of the components shown in FIG. 5.
FIG. 7 is an elevational view of the under-seat cables upport pulleys.
FIG. 8 is an enlarged fragmentary section through the lever mounting post,
In the drawings, in the top plan view of the boat 11, two seats 12 and 13 are provided across the hull and an outboard motor 14 is provided at the stern 16. The motor is mounted for swinging or turning in the direction of the arrows 17 and 18 about a vertical axis through the point 19 and it is in this manner that boats are typically steered. A control box 21 is mounted to the boat for convenient operation of the transmission and throttle control levers 22 and 23. Gussets 24 and 26 are provided at the stern. I
A typical embodiment of the present invention employs a 4 by 4 by 8 upstanding wood block 27 afiixed in the boat by a bracket 28 affixed to the seat 12. This is better shown in the enlarged view where it is seen that the bracket 28 includes two identical L-shaped pieces with a plurality of longitudinally spaced apertures 29 in each of them so that, when the portion 31 is secured to the seat 12 by suitable screws 32, and the portion 33 is secured to the block 27 likewise, the distance of the block 27 away from the seat can be selected as desired by simply choosing which of the apertures 29 in both of the bracket sections shall be aligned and receive the bolts 34.
To brace the upper end of the block, two telescopic diagonal braces 36 are employed. These are identical so the description of one will sufiice for both. As shown in the enlargement, each of these braces includes a tube 37 having a square cross section with a smaller tube of square cross section 38 telescopically received therein. The tube 38 has a plurality of longitudinally spaced apertures 39 so that the overall length of the brace can be selected by aligning the desired apertures with the aperture in the outer tube 37 through which a bolt 41 is then passed. The aperture 42 at one end of the brace receives screw 43 which is received in the seat 12. Aperture 44 in the other end of the brace receives the screw 46 which is received in the block 27. So by the use of the adjustable bracket and adjustable diagonal braces, the location of the support block can be established where most convenient for the user.
At each side of the support block 27, there are two vertically aligned eye-bolts 47'and 48 threadedly received in the block, At each side of the block 27, and mounted in the eye-bolts, is a foot lever 51 which is typically an L-shaped tube or bar, the short leg 52 of which is fittingly received through the two eye-bolts 48 and 47 and having a flange 53 thereon resting on eye-bolt 48 and supporting the lever. The long leg or arm 54 of the foot lever extends outwardly from the post and has an aperture 56 at the outer end thereof through which the cable 57 extends. The construction of the foot lever 51R is identical, and a cable 58 extends through the aperture at the outer end thereof.
Cable 57 extends back over a pulley unit 59 attached to seat 13, around the pulley unit 61 attached to the gusset 26, and has a hook 62 at the end thereof, a portion of the hook being received through the loop 63 and the other portion of the hook being received in an aperture 64 in a plate 66 affixed to a cross member 67 afi-ixed to, and possibly a part of, the frame for the motor 14. The plate 66, and therefore the cable, is connected to the motor frame cross member 67 by the use of a U-bolt 68, the legs of which are received through the slots 69 and 71 in the plate, and which is secured in place by the wing nuts 72. In order to eliminate the possibility of rotation of the bolt on the cross member 67, in the event that it would happen to be perfectly round, machine screws 73 and 74 are employed in each of the pairs of slots 76 and 77 at opposite sides of the slots 69 and 71. The inner ends 7304 and 74a of these bolts, and possibly the nuts 73b and 74b securing them in position in the slots, can bite into the outer surface of the member 67 and prevent any rotation or slipping of the plate 66 on the member. This particular motor connector bracket arrangement is of special advantage for use where the motor does not employ any other means whereby the hook 62 at the end of cable 57 or the hook 62R at the end of the cable 58, can be connected to the motor.
The cables 57 and 58 are operated by the foot levers 51. For this purpose, and referring to cable 57, for example, a cable stop or clamp 78 is affixed to cable 57 in front of the aperture 56 in the lever 51, and the stop or clamp 78R is affixed to the cable 58 in the same relationship to the foot lever 51R. Accordingly, as lever 51 is pushed forward, the hook 62 at the rear end of cable 57 is pulled by the cable toward the left hand (port) side of the boat to turn the motor in the direction of the arrow 17. If the boat is moving forwardly, the result is to turn the boat to the starboard. At the same time, of course, the hook 62R is pulled toward the port side of the boat and the cable stop 78R thereon pulls the outer end of the right hand foot lever 51R toward the stern of the boat. In other words, whenever the left hand foot lever moves forward, the right hand foot lever moves to the rear.
(3 This type of operation in unison gives complete control of the boat and a natural sense of control to the boat operater sitting on the seat 13.
In the illustrated example of the invention, additional foot levers are provided for use by an occupant of the front seat 12, if desired. The foot levers and support post arrangement and braces are identical to that already described. However the distance of the support post from the points against which it is bracketed and braced is much greater than that for support post 27. In this example, the support post 81 has the telescopic braces 82 and 83 fastened thereto just as braces 36 are fastened to the support post 27. However these braces, although they are identical to braces 36, are extended to a greater length so that the post 81 is farther in front of the seat 12 than post 27 is behind seat 12. Nevertheless, the outer ends of these braces 82 are secured to the front face of the seat by screws 84 just as are the braces 36 secured to the rear face of the seat by the screws 43. Instead of merely'employing the two-piece bracket, a three-piece bracket assembly 86 is employed for the front post 81, and this includes, in addition to the two pieces 87 and 88 which are identical to each other and to the two pieces of the bracket assembly 28, a fiat extension plate 89 which also has a plurality of horizontally spaced apertures therein. Screws 91 are used to assemble the pieces 87, 88, and 89, and the appropriate apertures can be aligned to provide the desired distance of the post from the seat so as to accommodate comfortably the occupant of the front seat of the boat who will Want to steer the boat by using the foot levers 92 and 92R. Cable 57 has a cable stop 93 immediately in front of the foot lever just as the cable stop 78 is in front of the foot lever 51. Cable 58 has a stop 93R located in front of the right hand foot lever 92R just exactly like the stop 78R is located in front of the right rear foot lever 51R.
Underseat pulley assemblies 94 and 94R, secured to the rear face of the front seat just as are the cable pulley assemblies 59 and 59R to the rear seat, are used to guide the portion of the cable extending between the two right hand foot' levers and the two port-side foot levers.
Each of these underseat pulleys has a generally U- shaped frame 96 with a pulley 97 therein rotating on the axis 98 a sufficient distance below the lower edge 99 of the seat to permit free passage of the cable 57 over the pulley wheel and under the seat without rubbing the seat.
Each of the corner pulleys can be constructed in conventional manner and hooked to an aperture in the gusset by a hook 101 which can be identical to the hook 62 on the end of the cable.
The present invention makes it easy to maneuver a conventional outboard motor boat without using the hands except for changing gears or controlling the throttle. This is of particular benefit to fishermen in many circumstances, and particularly for keeping a hooked fish on a taut line, for example. The use of the wooden support block as the foot lever mount has advantages of'minimized vibration and ease of changingeye-bolt position,,if desired, to provide whatever angle and height of foot levers best suits the owner. The whole construction is attainable at a low cost and the telescopic and adjustable braces and brackets adapt the invention to any boat construction. Even in a boat without seats, the lever post attaching bracket can be secured to a box used by the boat operator as a seat, even though the box is not 'afiixed to the boat. The Weight of the operator is normally suflicient on the box to provide a steady assembly and permit foot control of the motor and boat direction.
The means of connecting the cables to the boat motor, according to applicants invention, makes it possible to connect up the apparatus regardless of whether or not the motor has a stationary or lifting handle or no handle at all.
While the invention has been disclosed and described in some detail in the drawings and foregoing description, they are to be considered as illustrative and not restrictive in character, as other modifications may readily suggest themselves to persons skilled in this art and within the broad scope of the invention, reference being had to the appended claims.
The invention claimed is:
1. Apparatus comprising:
a boat having a hull with front and rear seats in horizontally spaced relation, each of said seats being affixed to the boat hull and extending'thereacross;
motorized propulsion means connectedto said boat to move said boat;
foot lever means positioned to permit operation by a foot of an individual sitting on said seating means, said foot lever means including a first post affixed in a position ahead of said front seat by means of a first adjustable bracket, and a second post affixed in a position behind said front seat by meansof a second adjustable bracket, and foot lever bars pivotally mounted to and projecting outward from opposite sides of said posts toward the sides of said boat hull, said posts being so positioned by said adjustable brackets that the levers ahead of said front seat are conveniently operable by the feet of an operator in said front seat and the levers behind said front seat are conveniently operable by an operator sitting on said posts are wooden and said levers are mounted thereto by eye-bolts threadedly received in said posts. 3. Apparatus comprising: -a boat;
seating means for an individual, said seating means being mounted to said boat;
. motorized propulsion means mounted to said boat to move said boat;
foot lever means positioned to permit operation by a foot of an individual sitting on said seating means, said foot lever means being coupled to said propulsion means and operable, when actuated by the individual, to turn said propulsion means to change the direction of movement of said boat by said propulsion means, said foot lever means including:
a mounting member; I
a bracket connecting said mounting member to said seating means;
' and an L-shaped elongated member pivotally mounted to said mounting member and easily operable by the foot of an individual seated on said seating means.
4. The combination of claim 3 wherein:
said bracket comprises two, apertured L-shaped members having selected apertures thereof in registry to establish a desired overall length, with fastener bolts received in selected ones of the apertures in registry and afiixing the two members together, said two bracket members thus providing two mounting surfaces in spaced parallel planes, one surface engaging said mounting member and aflixed thereto, and the other surface engaging said seating means and affixed thereto.
5. The combination of claim 3 wherein:
said foot lever means further includes telescopic adjustable braces connected to said mounting member and to said seating means and bracing said mounting member at the desired distance from said seating means.
6. Guiding apparatus comprising:
seating means for an individual and adapted to mounting in a boat;
a mounting member connected to said seating means;
an L-shaped foot lever bar;
eye bolts mounted in said mounting member and pivot- 5 ally supporting said foot lever bar ahead of said seating means and facilitating operation of said foot bar by the foot of an individual seated on said seating means.
7. The apparatus of claim 6 wherein locator means are provided on said mounting member and adapted to locate said lever pivotal mounting at selectively greater distances from said seating means to accommodate individuals of different physical stature.
6 References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 595,196 12/1897 Newman et a1 28749 2,878,768 3/1959 Warblow 1l5--18 2,881,730 4/1959 Hall 114153 MILTON BUCHLER, Primary Examiner. ANDREW H. FARRELL, Examiner.

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  1. 6. GUIDING APPARATUS COMPRISING: SEATING MEANS FOR AN INDIVIDUAL AND ADAPTED TO MOUNTING IN A BOAT; A MOUNTING MEMBER CONNECTED TO SAID SEATING MEANS; AN L-SHAPED FOOT LEVER BAR; EYE BOLTS MOUNTED IN SAID MOUNTING MEMBER AND PIVOTALLY SUPPORTING SAID FOOT LEVER BAR AHEAD OF SAID SEATING MEANS AND FACILITATING OPERATION OF SAID FOOT BAR BY THE FOOT OF AN INDIVIDUAL SEATED ON SAID SEATING MEANS.
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