Title:
River float device for safely supporting users
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A float device includes a peripheral cover having an opening for receiving users, and having a peripheral chamber for receiving a peripheral air bladder. The peripheral air bladder may be received within the peripheral cover and thus may be protected by the peripheral cover, such that the air bladder will not be easily damaged by the other objects. The cover includes one or more handles for carrying purposes, and one or more clips or bands for coupling to the other float devices. One or more pouches or cup holders may be disposed on the cover for receiving various objects.



Inventors:
Gaspar, George Silva (Monrovia, CA, US)
Application Number:
10/227576
Publication Date:
02/26/2004
Filing Date:
08/26/2002
Assignee:
GASPAR GEORGE SILVA
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A47C15/00; B63B7/08; B63B35/76; (IPC1-7): B63C9/08
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Primary Examiner:
VASUDEVA, AJAY
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
CHARLES E. BAXLEY (New York, NY, US)
Claims:

I claim:



1. A float device comprising: a peripheral cover including an opening formed therein for receiving users, and including a peripheral chamber formed therein, and a peripheral air bladder received in said peripheral chamber of said peripheral cover, and protected by said peripheral cover.

2. The float device according to claim 1, wherein said peripheral cover, includes at last one handle attached thereto for carrying said float device.

3. The float device according to claim 1, wherein said peripheral cover includes at least one clip attached thereto for coupling purposes.

4. The float device according to claim 1, wherein said peripheral cover includes at least one fastener band attached thereto for coupling purposes.

5. The float device according to claim 1, wherein said air bladder includes a valve provided therein, said cover includes an orifice formed therein for receiving said valve of said air bladder.

6. The float device according to claim 5, wherein said cover includes a flap provided thereon for shielding said valve and said orifice of said cover.

7. The float device according to claim 1 further comprising at least one pouch disposed on said cover for receiving objects.

8. The float device according to claim 1 further comprising a cup holder disposed on said cover.

9. The float device according to claim 1, wherein said cover includes a rear portion having at least one bag disposed thereon, and a second bladder received in said at least one bag.

10. The float device according to claim 1, wherein said cover includes an inner peripheral slit formed therein for engaging and disengaging said air bladder from said cover, and a zipper attached to said cover for enclosing said peripheral slit of said cover.

11. The float device according to claim 1, wherein said cover includes a bottom portion having a strap attached thereto, and having at least one passage formed between said strap and said cover.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] 1. Field of the Invention

[0002] The present invention relates to a float device, and more particularly to a river float device for safely supporting users.

[0003] 2. Description of the Prior Art

[0004] For years, tubing has been enjoyed using automotive inner tubes and various derivative tubes, but no one has addressed passenger comfort and security heretofore.

[0005] The present invention has arisen to mitigate and/or obviate the afore-described disadvantages of the conventional river float devices.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0006] The primary objective of the present invention is to provide a river float device for comfortably and safely supporting the users.

[0007] The other objective of the present invention is to provide a river float device having a bladder safely received in an outer cover.

[0008] In accordance with one aspect of the invention, there is provided a float device comprising a peripheral cover including an opening formed therein for receiving users, and including a peripheral chamber formed therein, and a peripheral air bladder received in the peripheral chamber of the peripheral cover, and protected by the peripheral cover, such that the air bladder will not be easily damaged by the other objects.

[0009] The peripheral cover includes at least one handle attached thereto for carrying the float device, and/or includes at least one clip attached thereto for coupling purposes, and/or includes at least one fastener band attached thereto for coupling purposes.

[0010] The air bladder includes a valve provided therein, the cover includes an orifice formed therein for receiving the valve of the air bladder. The cover includes a flap provided thereon for shielding the valve and the orifice of the cover.

[0011] One or more pouches, and/or one or more cup holders may further be provided and disposed on the cover for receiving objects.

[0012] The cover includes a rear portion having at least one bag disposed thereon, and a bladder received in the at least one bag, for forming a backrest for the float device.

[0013] The cover includes an inner peripheral slit formed therein for engaging and disengaging the air bladder from the cover, and a zipper attached to the cover for enclosing the peripheral slit of the cover.

[0014] The cover includes a bottom portion having a strap attached thereto, and having at least one passage formed between the strap and the cover, for receiving the body of the users.

[0015] Further objectives and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from a careful reading of a detailed description provided hereinbelow, with appropriate reference to accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0016] FIG. 1 is a front perspective view of a river float device in accordance with the present invention;

[0017] FIG. 2 is a rear perspective view of the river float device;

[0018] FIG. 3 is a partial exploded view of the river float device; and

[0019] FIG. 4 is a perspective view illustrating the operation or the coupling of two river float devices.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

[0020] Referring to the drawings, and initially to FIGS. 1-3, a river float device in accordance with the present invention comprises a peripheral or a ring-shaped cover 10 including an opening 11 formed in the middle portion thereof for receiving the users or the passengers therein.

[0021] The cover 10 includes a peripheral or a ring-shaped chamber 12 formed therein for receiving a ring-shaped or peripheral air bladder 14 therein which includes a valve 15 for inflating or deflating the air bladder 14.

[0022] The cover 10 includes an orifice 16 formed therein for aligning with the valve 15 of the air bladder 14, and for allowing the air bladder 14 to be inflated or deflated with the valve 15 via the orifice 16 of the cover 10, without removing the air bladder 14 from the cover 10. A flap 17 may be provided on the cover 10 for covering or shielding the valve 15 of the air bladder 14.

[0023] The cover 10 includes an inner peripheral slit 18 formed therein for engaging or disengaging the air bladder 14 from the cover 10, and a fastener member, such as a zipper 19 attached thereto for enclosing the peripheral slit 18 of the cover 10, and for stably retaining the air bladder 14 within the cover 10.

[0024] A strap 20 may further be provided and attached to the bottom portion of the cover 10 and disposed below the middle portion of the opening 11 of the cover 10, for supporting the users. One or more passages 21 are preferably formed or provided between the strap 20 and the cover 10.

[0025] The cover 10 may be made of woven or non-woven cloth materials, or of double stitched polyester materials, or the other synthetic materials, for protecting the air bladder 14, and for preventing the air bladder 14 from being damaged by the other objects.

[0026] The cover 10 preferably includes one or more handles 22 attached to the front and/or the rear portions thereof, and one or more further hand grips 23 provided on the upper portion thereof, for easily carrying or moving the float device.

[0027] The cover 10 may further include one or more clips 24 and one or more fastener (hook and loop) bands 25 attached to the outer peripheral portion thereof, for coupling to the fasteners bands 25 or clips 24 of the cover 10 of the other float devices (FIG. 4), and for allowing two or more float devices to be coupled together.

[0028] One or more pouches 30, 31, and/or one or more cup or drink holders 33, may further be provided and attached on the cover 10, with such as the fastener bands, such as the hook and loop fastener bands 25, for receiving or supporting snack, beverage, and/or cups or bottles, or CD players, or bladder repair kit, or one or more cable therein.

[0029] The river float device may further include one or more bags 40, 41 disposed on the rear portion of the cover 10, for forming the backrest of the float device, and each having a space 42 formed or provided therein for receiving a bladder 43 therein.

[0030] The bags 40, 41 each includes a slit 44 formed therein, such as formed in the rear portion thereof for engaging or disengaging the bladders 43 from the bags 40, 41 respectively, and a fastener member, such as a zipper 45 attached thereto for enclosing the slits 44 of the bags 40, 41, and for stably retaining the bladders 43 within the bags 40, 41 respectively.

[0031] It is preferable that the river float device includes a recessed front 70 provided on the front and upper portion of the cover 10, for allowing the users or the passengers to easily get into and out of the opening 11 of the cover 10.

[0032] In operation, the users or the passengers may get into the opening 11 of the cover 10, and supported by the strap 20 for comfort, and may rest with the backrest 40, 41, and may enjoy snacks, beverages, a CD player, and a drink or the like easily. In addition, two or more float devices may be coupled together with the clips 24 or the bands 25.

[0033] Accordingly, the river float device in accordance with the present invention may be provided to comfortably and safely support the users, and may have an air bladder safely received in the outer cover.

[0034] Although this invention has been described with a certain degree of particularity, it is to be understood that the present disclosure has been made by way of example only and that numerous changes in the detailed construction and the combination and arrangement of parts may be resorted to without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as hereinafter claimed.