Accession Number : ADD003532

Title :   Mini-Boat.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Horan,John J

Report Date : 29 Nov 1976

Pagination or Media Count : 17

Abstract : A patent application is made for a mini-boat having an inflatable, hollow configuration for safely supporting persons in water. Two similarly shaped sheets of inflatable material are sealed together near their peripheral edges thereby forming two mirror imaged sections about an axis of symmetry at the stern of the mini-boat, the maximum depth preferably being near said axis and the sections tapering downwardly toward their distal ends at the bow. The sheets are further seamed so spaced as to define an array of relatively narrow interconnecting inflation cells. The cells are inflated orally or by gas and are shaped to provide a lounge chair contour and attitude under the weight of an occupant whose inclined back lies against the axis with the buttocks at the point of maximum depth so that the body thereby becomes the thwart structure for the compliant hull.

Descriptors :   *Patent applications, *Boats, Inflatable structures, Sea rescue equipment, Sealed systems

Subject Categories : Marine Engineering
      Escape, Rescue and Survival

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE