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Brunswick | Date: 2017-03-15

A method for creating a parametric planing hull model is disclosed. In one embodiment, dimensions of a plurality of hull sections, including two non-adjacent hull sections, are received from a user. Dimensions of at least one hull section between the two non-adjacent hull sections are interpolated. Curves of the hull are generated based on the dimensions of the plurality of hull sections received from the user and the interpolated dimensions of the at least one hull section between the two non-adjacent hull sections. Surfaces of the hull are created based on the generated curves, and a planing hull model is generated from the created surfaces and is displayed.


Patent
Brunswick | Date: 2017-09-06

A method for maneuvering a marine vessel powered by a propulsion system includes accepting inputs to an electronic navigation device and generating a desired track based on the inputs. The desired track includes a series of waypoints, each waypoint in the series of waypoints being associated with a respective heading. The method also includes sending position and orientation information corresponding to each waypoint and its associated heading to a control module. Based on the position and orientation information, the control module generates steering and thrust commands that are required to maneuver the marine vessel from a current waypoint and heading in the series to a following waypoint and heading in the series. According to the steering and thrust commands, the propulsion system thereafter propels the marine vessel along the desired track to each waypoint and its associated heading in succession. A corresponding system is also disclosed.


Patent
Brunswick | Date: 2017-09-06

A method for controlling movement of a marine vessel includes controlling a propulsion device to automatically maneuver the vessel along a track including a series of waypoints, and determining whether the next waypoint is a stopover waypoint at or near which the vessel is to electronically anchor. If the next waypoint is the stopover waypoint, a control module calculates a distance between the vessel and the stopover waypoint. In response to the calculated distance being less than or equal to a threshold distance, the propulsion devices thrust is decreased. In response to sensing that the vessel thereafter slows to a first threshold speed, the vessels speed is further reduced. In response to sensing that the vessel thereafter slows to a second, lower threshold speed or passes the stopover waypoint, the propulsion device is controlled to maintain the vessel at an anchor point that is at or near the stopover waypoint.


Patent
Brunswick | Date: 2017-09-06

A system for maintaining a marine vessel in a body of water at a selected position and orientation includes a global positioning system that determines a global position and heading of the vessel and a proximity sensor that determines a relative position and bearing of the vessel with respect to an object near the vessel. A controller operable in a station keeping mode is in signal communication with the GPS and the proximity sensor. The controller chooses between using global position and heading data from the GPS and relative position and bearing data from the proximity sensor to determine if the vessel has moved from the selected position and orientation. The controller calculates thrust commands required to return the vessel to the selected position and orientation and outputs the thrust commands to a marine propulsion system, which uses the thrust commands to reposition the vessel.


A weight bar support assembly for safely supporting a weight bar on exercise equipment in the event the user cannot return the weight bar to its original position includes an attachment bracket and a weight support member forming a catch arm which is selectively engaged with and moved away from an upright of the exercise equipment. An energy absorbing arrangement is incorporated within either the attachment bracket or the weight support member, and is configured to cushion forces transmitted to the upright upon contact of the weight bar with the weight support member to prevent deformation and/or damage of the exercise equipment.


Patent
Brunswick | Date: 2016-02-09

A centrifugal pump for pumping fluid includes a volute having an upstream inlet that receives the fluid and a downstream outlet that discharges the fluid. An impeller is disposed in the volute and comprises a plurality of impeller vanes. The impeller is configured to rotate about an axis of rotation so that the plurality of impeller vanes accelerates the fluid radially outwardly from the upstream inlet to the downstream outlet. The impeller is further configured to discourage air-lock of the centrifugal pump by expelling air away from the upstream inlet as the impeller rotates about the axis of rotation.


A drivetrain for a marine propulsion device includes an engine driving a crankshaft in a first direction, and a driveshaft connected in torque-transmitting relationship with the crankshaft and supported for rotation about a driveshaft axis. The drivetrain further includes a propeller shaft rotatable about a propeller shaft axis. A gearset and a selector clutch are configured to couple the propeller shaft and the driveshaft to each other in torque-transmitting relationship. A one-way clutch is disposed along the drivetrain upstream of the gearset. The one-way clutch prevents rotation of the crankshaft in a second, opposite direction so as to prevent ingestion of water by the engine via an engine exhaust system.


Patent
Brunswick | Date: 2017-01-23

Methods and apparatus to power an exercise machine are disclosed herein. An example exercise machine includes a generator to convert movement of a moveable part of the exercise machine into electric power. The example exercise machine includes a generator power receiver to measure the power output by the generator, and to calculate a rotations per minute of the moveable part. A mode controller is to calculate a power supply duty cycle based on the power output by the generator, the rotations per minute of the moveable part, and a user selected wattage. A power output controller is to control power provided to a console of the exercise machine based on the power supply duty cycle.


A trim control system automatically controls trim angle of a marine propulsion device with respect to a vessel. A memory stores trim base profiles, each defining a unique relationship between vessel speed and trim angle. An input device allows selection of a base profile to specify an aggressiveness of trim angle versus vessel speed, and then optionally to further refine the aggressiveness. A controller then determines a setpoint trim angle based on a measured vessel speed. If the user has not chosen to refine the aggressiveness, the controller determines the setpoint trim angle from the selected base profile. However, if the user has chosen to refine the aggressiveness, the controller determines the setpoint trim angle from a trim sub-profile, which defines a variant of the relationship between vessel speed and trim angle defined by the selected base profile. The control system positions the propulsion device at the setpoint trim angle.


Patent
Brunswick | Date: 2016-04-20

Fuel cap apparatus for use with fuel venting systems are described. An example fuel cap apparatus includes a body having a central cavity and a flange. A membrane is coupled to the body to form a passageway therethrough and coated with a material to substantially prevent the flow of liquid and permit the flow of gas through the passageway.

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