Patent Number: 6,341,793

Title: Self-propelled boat launch vehicle

Abstract: A launch vehicle for boats or other small watercraft which includes a partially submersible frame movably mounted on wheels. The wheels are provided with all-terrain type tires which enable the frame to move over rocks and uneven ground or lake beds, without becoming bogged down in muck or lake bed sediments. The frame supports a boat bunk configured to engagingly support the bottom sides of a boat hull thereon during its transportation and storage, as well as a walkway adapted to assume a generally horizontal orientation so as to enable a user to stand or rest thereon. The walkway has a lateral width of at least one foot, and extends substantially the longitudinal length of the boat launch vehicle. When horizontal, the walkway is positioned vertically spaced above the bunk at a location selected to locate above the lake surface of the lake when the bunk is sufficiently submerged to enable the boat to be floated free from or positioned over the bunk. The boat launch vehicle is self-propelled with the wheels rotatably driven by a motor mounted vertically above the submersible bunk so as to maintain it in position above the lake surface during boat launching and retrieval.

Inventors: Braun; Carl (Penetanguishene, Ontario, CA)


International Classification: B63C 3/00 (20060101); B63C 3/12 (20060101); B62D 59/00 (20060101); B62D 59/04 (20060101); B60P 3/10 (20060101); B60P 3/06 (20060101); B60P 001/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/29/2019