Patent Number: 6,254,473

Title: Portable fish cleaning apparatus

Abstract: A fish cleaning apparatus is provided which includes a cutting board attached to the first end of an elongate support arm, the second end of which is adapted to be supported upon the frame of a trailer carrying a boat, or other suitable vehicle, such that a fisherman can clean his catch at the boat landing. The cutting board is pivotally mounted to the first end of the support arm so as to be rotated between an open position for use and a closed position for transport and storage. The cutting board is provided with a cutout portion wherein a refuse bag can be mounted for the convenient disposal of fish cleaning wastes. The refuse bag is held in place while in use by a retention member which is slid in a channel defined in the cutting board along the periphery of the opening. Knife receiving slots are also provided in the cutting board. The second end of the support arm is hingedly connected to the intermediate portion of the support arm such that the second end of the arm can be rotated between an extended position, thereby maximizing the length of the arm, and a folded position, depending upon the dictates of the circumstances in which the apparatus is used. The second end of the support arm and the underside of the intermediate portion of the support arm are covered with a non-slip material such as rubber to provide a more secure engagement with the trailer and boat when the apparatus is in use.

Inventors: Shore; Thomas A. (Rochester, MN), Carlson; Kevin W. (Rochester, MN), Templin; Kevin E. (Eden Prairie, MN), Kelzenberg; Michaeleen A. (Minneapolis, MN)


International Classification: A47B 31/06 (20060101); A47B 31/00 (20060101); A47B 5/00 (20060101); A22C 25/00 (20060101); A22C 25/06 (20060101); A22C 018/00 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018