Title:
INLINE PADDLE FISHING BOAT
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
An inline paddle fishing boat from which two people can fish from either side or from the same side of the boat while using their feet to move the boat in the water, and which is easily transported on land. These advantages are achieved by an inline seating arrangement, and by a wheel-type rudder.



Inventors:
Bucher, Paul L. (Baton Rouge, LA, US)
Application Number:
11/164999
Publication Date:
06/14/2007
Filing Date:
12/13/2005
Primary Class:
International Classes:
B63H16/00
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Primary Examiner:
VENNE, DANIEL V
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
REGINALD F ROBERTS JR (1422 HEARTHSTONE DRIVE, BATON ROUGE, LA, 70808-1161, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. An inline paddle fishing boat, comprising: a boat having a bow, a stern, a midsection between the bow and the stern, and a longitudinal axis; a first paddle wheel at the bow of the boat, for propelling the boat; a first set of pedals at the bow of the boat, for rotating the first paddle wheel; a first seat at the midsection of the boat, for a first person to be seated while using the first set of pedals to rotate the first paddle wheel; a second paddle wheel at the midsection of the boat, for propelling the boat; a second set of pedals at the midsection of the boat, for rotating the second paddle wheel; and a second seat at the stern of the boat, for a second person to be seated while using the second set of pedals to rotate the second paddle wheel, the first and second seats being disposed one behind the other along the longitudinal axis of the boat.

2. The inline paddle fishing boat of claim 1, further comprising: a storage compartment for storing fish, the storage compartment being disposed between the first paddle wheel and the first seat.

3. The inline paddle fishing boat of claim 1, further comprising: a storage compartment for storing fish, the storage compartment being disposed between the second paddle wheel and the second seat.

4. The inline paddle fishing boat of claim 1, further comprising: a first storage compartment for storing fish, the first storage compartment being disposed between the first paddle wheel and the first seat; and a second storage compartment for storing fish, the second storage compartment being disposed between the second paddle wheel and the second seat.

5. The inline paddle fishing boat of claim 1, further comprising: steering means comprising a tiller including a handle at the bow of the boat, a wheel-type rudder at the stern of the boat, and a cable connecting the tiller to the rudder, for positioning.

6. A boat that is easily transportable on land, the boat comprising: a hull; steering means for transportation on water, said means comprising a rudder which includes a wheel; and a locking pin for confining the wheel of the rudder to a single plane, for transportation on land.

7. The boat of claim 6, wherein the boat has a longitudinal axis, and wherein the locking pin confines the wheel of the rudder to a plane which includes the longitudinal axis of the boat.

8. A device for steering a boat on water and for transporting the boat on land, the device comprising: a rudder which includes a wheel, for steering the boat on water and for transporting the boat on land; a tiller, for turning the rudder while the boat is on water by connecting the tiller to the rudder; and a locking pin, for confining the wheel of the rudder to a single plane, for transporting the boat on land.

9. The device of claim 8, wherein the boat includes a longitudinal axis, and the locking pin confines the wheel of the rudder to a plane which includes the longitudinal axis of the boat.

10. An inline paddle fishing boat, comprising: a boat having a longitudinal axis; a paddle wheel for propelling the boat; a set of pedals for rotating the paddle wheel; a first seat for a first person to be seated while using the set of pedals to rotate the paddle wheel; and a second seat for a second person to be seated, the second seat being disposed behind the first seat along the longitudinal axis of the boat.

11. An inline paddle fishing boat, comprising: a boat having a longitudinal axis; a first seat for a first person to be seated; a paddle wheel for propelling the boat; a set of pedals for rotating the paddle wheel; and a second seat for a second person to be seated while using the set of pedals to rotate the paddle wheel, the second seat being disposed behind the first seat along the longitudinal axis of the boat.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to boats. More particularly, the invention relates to fishing boats.

At present, fishing boats are not constructed so that two occupants can fish from the same side of the boat, and so that both can fish while propelling the boat through the water. The present invention provides a fishing boat having this capability, as well as the additional advantage of being easily transportable on land.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

In general, the present invention in a first aspect provides an inline paddle fishing boat, comprising:

a boat having a bow, a stern, a midsection between the bow and the stern, and a longitudinal axis;

a first paddle wheel at the bow of the boat, for propelling the boat;

a first set of pedals at the bow of the boat, for rotating the first paddle wheel;

a first seat at the midsection of the boat, for a first person to be seated while using the first set of pedals to rotate the first paddle wheel;

a second paddle wheel at the midsection of the boat, for propelling the boat;

a second set of pedals at the midsection of the boat, for rotating the second paddle wheel; and

a second seat at the stern of the boat, for a second person to be seated while using the second set of pedals to rotate the second paddle wheel, the first and second seats being disposed one behind the other along the longitudinal axis of the boat.

In a second aspect, the invention provides a boat that is easily transportable on land. The boat comprises (a) a hull; (b) steering means for transportation on water, said means comprising a rudder which includes a wheel; and (c) a locking pin for confining the wheel of the rudder to a single plane, for transportation on land.

In a third aspect the invention provides a device for steering a boat on water and for transporting the boat on land. The device comprises (a) a rudder which includes a wheel, for steering the boat on water and for transporting the boat on land; (b) a tiller, for turning the rudder while the boat is on water, by connecting the tiller to the rudder, for positioning; and (c) a locking pin, for confining the wheel of the rudder to a single plane, for transporting the boat on land.

In a fourth aspect the invention provides an inline paddle fishing boat comprising

a boat having a longitudinal axis;

a paddle wheel for propelling the boat;

a set of pedals for rotating the paddle wheel;

a first seat for a first person to be seated while using the set of pedals to rotate the paddle wheel; and

a second seat for a second person to be seated, the second seat being disposed behind the first seat along the longitudinal axis of the boat.

In a fifth aspect the invention provides an inline paddle fishing boat comprising

a boat having a longitudinal axis;

a first seat for a first person to be seated;

a paddle wheel for propelling the boat;

a set of pedals for rotating the paddle wheel; and

a second seat for a second person to be seated while using the set of pedals to rotate the paddle wheel, the second seat being disposed behind the first seat along the longitudinal axis of the boat.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a plan view of an inline paddle fishing boat, made in accordance with the principles of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a side elevation of the boat shown in FIG. 1.

FIG. 3 is a cross-sectional view of the boat shown in FIG. 1, taken along the cutting line 3-3.

FIG. 4 is a front view of the boat shown in FIG. 1.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

More specifically, reference is made to FIGS. 1-4, in which is shown an inline paddle fishing boat, made in accordance with the principles of the present invention, and generally designated by the numeral 2.

The inline paddle fishing boat 2 has a hull 4, a bow 5a, a stern 5b, a midsection 5c, and first and second sides 5c and 5d. The inline paddle fishing boat 2 is propelled through the water by a first 6a or by a second 6b paddle wheel, or by first and second paddle wheels 6a and 6b. First and second seats 8a and 8b having adjustable backs are disposed at the midsection 5c and at the stern 5b along the longitudinal axis 10 of the inline paddle fishing boat 2. Disposing the first and second seats 8a and 8b one behind the other along the longitudinal axis 10 of the inline paddle fishing boat 2 provides capability for first and second persons (not shown) occupying the first and second seats 8a and 8b to use their hands to fish on either side 5c or 5d, or on the same side 5c or 5d, of the inline paddle fishing boat 2 while using their feet to operate first and second sets of pedals 7a and 7b to rotate the first and second paddle wheels 6a and 6b to propel the inline paddle fishing boat 2 through the water (not shown).

To store the fish as they are caught, first and second storage compartments 12a and 12b are provided. The first storage compartment 12a is disposed between the first paddle wheel 6a and the first seat 8a. The second storage compartment 12b is disposed between the second paddle wheel 6b and the second seat 8b. This positioning provides maximum accessibility to the occupants of the first and second seats 8a and 8b. Clearly, the storage cabinets 12a and 12b can be used to store other items such as life jackets and other paraphernalia.

For easy maneuverability, a tiller 14 equipped with a handle 14a disposed at the bow 5a of the inline paddle fishing boat 2 and a wheel-type rudder 16 at the stern thereof are connected to one another by a cable 18, for positioning. By using the tiller handle 14a the occupant of the first seat 8a can easily operate the tiller 14 to steer the inline paddle fishing boat 2 with the wheel-type rudder 16, which is provided with a locking pin 16a used for transporting the inline paddle fishing boat 2 on land, by confining the wheel 16b of rudder 16 to a single plane so that the boat 2 can be safely and easily rolled on the wheel 16b of the rudder 16, either manually or by a power tug. For this purpose the wheel 16b of the rudder 16 is beneficially locked in a plane which includes the longitudinal axis 10 of the inline paddle fishing boat 2.

While certain specific embodiments and details have been described to illustrate the present invention, it will be apparent to those skilled in the art that many modifications and variations are possible within the scope of the basic concept of the invention.