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Publication numberUS20030116457 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/362,000
Publication dateJun 26, 2003
Filing dateFeb 7, 2003
Priority dateApr 9, 2001
Publication number10362000, 362000, US 2003/0116457 A1, US 2003/116457 A1, US 20030116457 A1, US 20030116457A1, US 2003116457 A1, US 2003116457A1, US-A1-20030116457, US-A1-2003116457, US2003/0116457A1, US2003/116457A1, US20030116457 A1, US20030116457A1, US2003116457 A1, US2003116457A1
InventorsClaude Belanger
Original AssigneeClaude Belanger
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Fishing box with detachable casings
US 20030116457 A1
Abstract
The modular box defines a longitudinal axis and comprises a main elongated container, at least one casing selectively releasably attached to the main container, and an elongated handle attached to the container. The handle comprises a handlebar of a length shorter than or equal to that of the container and of a cross-sectional surface being sized for allowing a person to manually grasp the handlebar, with the person's fingers and hand capable of entirely surrounding the handlebar. The handle further comprises spacer elements attaching the handlebar to the container in a spaced relationship therewith for allowing a person's fingers to extend between the handlebar and the container. The handlebar extends along a substantial portion of the length of the modular box along the longitudinal axis and allows the modular box to be carried by the handlebar approximately at the longitudinal position of the center of gravity of the modular box notwithstanding the longitudinal weight repartition within the modular box.
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I claim:
1. A modular box defining a longitudinal axis and comprising:
a main elongated container;
at least one casing selectively releasably attachable to said main container; and
an elongated handle attached to said container, said handle comprising a handlebar of a length shorter than or equal to that of said container and of a cross-sectional surface being sized for allowing a person to manually grasp said handlebar, with the person's fingers and hand capable of entirely surrounding said handlebar, and spacer elements attaching said handlebar to said container in a spaced relationship therewith for allowing a person's fingers to extend between said handlebar and said container;
wherein said handlebar extends along a substantial portion of the length of said modular box along said longitudinal axis and allows said modular box to be carried by said handlebar approximately at the longitudinal position of the center of gravity of said modular box notwithstanding the longitudinal weight repartition within said modular box.
2. A modular box as defined in claim 1, wherein said handlebar comprises a hollow tubular body for releasable engagement therein of the shaft of a landing net.
3. A fishing box for carrying fishing gear and defining a longitudinal axis, comprising:
a main elongated container;
at least a first casing releasably attachable to said main container; and
an elongated handle attached to said container and extending along a substantial portion of the length of said fishing box and allowing said fishing box to be carried by said handle approximately at the longitudinal position of the center of gravity of said fishing box notwithstanding the longitudinal weight repartition within said fishing box, said handle comprising an elongated handlebar of a length shorter than or equal to that of said container, sand handlebar being spacedly attached to said container by means of spacer elements.
4. A fishing box as defined in claim 3, wherein said handle comprises a hollow tubular body for releasable engagement therein of the shaft of a landing net.
5. A fishing box as defined in claim 3, further comprising a second casing releasably attachable to said main container.
6. A fishing box as defined in claim 5, wherein said main elongated container comprises a thicker first end portion and a thinner extension defining a single inner compartment and a shoulder on said thicker first end portion adjacent said thinner extension, said first casing being releasably attachable onto said container thinner extension and abutting against said shoulder, and said second casing being releasably attachable onto said container thinner extension coextensively with said first casing and abutting there against.
Description
CROSS-REFERENCE DATA

[0001] The present patent application is a Continuation-In-Part of the co-pending U.S. patent application Ser. No. 09/827,923 filed on Apr. 9, 2001, by the present applicant.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

[0002] The present invention relates to fishing boxes, and more particularly to a portable fishing box with detachable casings.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0003] When going fishing in an outdoor environment, it is necessary to bring along fishing gear including a multitude of elements: one or more fishing rods equipped with fly reels or spinning reels, fishhooks, artificial flies, spinners, terminal tackles, lures, fish knives, disgorgers, and a landing net being among the conventional equipment. There exist fishing boxes used to carry the smaller items such as the tackles and the spinners, but the whole equipment remains cumbersome in that a number of different elements need to be manually carried.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0004] The present invention relates to a fishing box for carrying fishing gear and defining a longitudinal axis, comprising:

[0005] a main elongated container; and

[0006] at least a first casing releasably attachable to said main container.

[0007] Preferably, said fishing box further comprises an elongated handle extending along a substantial portion of the length of said fishing box and allowing said fishing box to be carried by said handle approximately at the longitudinal position of the center of gravity of said fishing box notwithstanding most longitudinal weight repartitions within said fishing box.

[0008] Preferably, said handle comprises a hollow tubular body for releasable engagement therein of the shaft of a landing net.

[0009] Preferably, said fishing box further comprises a second casing releasably attachable to said main container.

[0010] Preferably, said main elongated container comprises a thicker first end portion and a thinner extension defining a single inner compartment and a shoulder on said thicker first end portion adjacent said thinner extension, said first casing being releasably attachable onto said container thinner extension and abutting against said shoulder, and said second casing being releasably attachable onto said container thinner extension coextensively with said first casing and abutting thereagainst.

[0011] Preferably, said thinner extension comprises first tracks and said first and second casings comprise second tracks complementarily engageable with said first tracks, for stable engagement of said first and second casings onto said container thinner extension.

[0012] Preferably, said container thinner extension comprises a thinner first intermediate portion integrally attached to and coextensive with said thicker first end portion, and a thinner second end portion releasably attachable with and coextensive to said intermediate portion.

[0013] Preferably, said fishing box has a uniform thickness when said first and second casings are releasably attached onto said container thinner extension, said first casing abuts against said shoulder and said second casing abuts against said first casing.

[0014] Preferably, said fishing box further comprises support legs releasably engageable onto said fishing box for supporting said fishing box spacedly over ground, wherein said fishing box defines a flat top working surface formed by said container thicker first end portion and by said first and second casings.

[0015] The present invention further relates to a fishing box assembly defining a longitudinal axis and comprising:

[0016] a number of box compartments for storing fishing gear therein; and

[0017] releasable attachment means, for releasably attaching said number of box compartments to one another to form an integral fishing box assembly.

[0018] Preferably, said fishing box assembly further comprises an elongated handle member longitudinally extending along a substantial portion of the length of said fishing box and allowing said fishing box to be carried by said handle approximately at the longitudinal position of the center of gravity of said fishing box notwithstanding most longitudinal weight repartitions within said fishing box.

[0019] The invention also relates to a modular box defining a longitudinal axis and comprising:

[0020] a main elongated container;

[0021] at least one casing selectively releasably attachable to said main container; and

[0022] an elongated handle attached to said container, said handle comprising a handlebar of a length shorter than or equal to that of said container and of a cross-sectional surface being sized for allowing a person to manually grasp said handlebar, with the person's fingers and hand capable of entirely surrounding said handlebar, and spacer elements attaching said handlebar to said container in a spaced relationship therewith for allowing a person's fingers to extend between said handlebar and said container;

[0023] wherein said handlebar extends along a substantial portion of the length of said modular box along said longitudinal axis and allows said modular box to be carried by said handlebar approximately at the longitudinal position of the center of gravity of said modular box notwithstanding the longitudinal weight repartition within said modular box.

[0024] The invention further relates to a fishing box for carrying fishing gear and defining a longitudinal axis, comprising:

[0025] a main elongated container;

[0026] at least a first casing releasably attachable to said main container; and

[0027] an elongated handle attached to said container and extending along a substantial portion of the length of said fishing box and allowing said fishing box to be carried by said handle approximately at the longitudinal position of the center of gravity of said fishing box notwithstanding the longitudinal weight repartition within said fishing box, said handle comprising an elongated handlebar of a length shorter than or equal to that of said container, sand handlebar being spacedly attached to said container by means of spacer elements.

DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0028] In the annexed drawings:

[0029]FIG. 1 is a top perspective view of the fishing box according to the present invention, in an assembled condition;

[0030]FIG. 2 is a bottom perspective view of the fishing box of FIG. 1;

[0031]FIG. 3 is a top perspective view of the fishing box in a disassembled condition;

[0032]FIG. 4 is a top perspective view of the main container of the fishing box in a disassembled condition, with the top lid being opened and with portions of the wall of the main container being removed to show the fishing rods installed therein; and

[0033]FIG. 5 is a front elevation of the fishing box mounted on support legs and with the landing net being installed in the fishing box handle.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE EMBODIMENTS

[0034] FIGS. 1-4 show a fishing box 10 according to the present invention, which comprises a main elongated container 12 having a thicker first end portion 12 a provided with a pivotable lid 14, a thinner intermediate portion 12 b and a thinner second end portion 12 c, with the latter being removably engageable in an coextensive fashion with intermediate portion 12 b so that portions 12 a, 12 b and 12 c form a single elongated main compartment inside main container 12 wherein fishing rods F can be fitted (FIG. 4). The thicker first end portion 12 a is destined to house the fishing rod end portions that are equipped with reels R, while the thinner extension portion formed by the coextensive intermediate and second end portions 12 b, 12 c is destined to house the portions of the rods extending away from the reels. A buckle 16 releasably attaches removable second end portion 12 c to intermediate portion 12 b. Other buckles 18, 20 are used to releasably attach lid 14 in a closed condition.

[0035] Fishing box 10 further comprises a first and a second casing 22, 24 that can be removably attached to main container 12. Indeed, the coextensive intermediate and second end portions 12 b, 12 c of container 12 are provided with coextensive tracks 26, 28 on their upper surface which are engageable by complementary tracks 30 and 32 respectively provided on the lower surfaces of casings 22 and 24 (FIG. 3). Container first end portion 12 a forms an abutment shoulder 33 adjacent intermediate portion 12 b, on which first casing 22 will abut when installed on container 12 in an attached, operative fashion. Pairs of releasable buckles 34, 36 and 38, 40 allow releasable attachment of casings 22, 24 onto main container 12. Casings 22, 24 otherwise conventionally include lids 22 a, 24 a sealingly closed with buckles which can be opened to reveal storage areas (not shown) in casings 22, 24, wherein smaller fishing gear may be stored, such as knives, tackles, lures, spinners, artificial flies, and so on. Casings 22, 24 are also provided with small independent handles 22 b, 24 b that allow each casing 22, 24 to be independently carried.

[0036] An elongated handle 42 is integrally attached on the front surface of main container 12. It can be seen that handle 42 extends from approximately the mid-length of the container first end portion 12 a to the junction between the container intermediate and second end portions 12 b and 12 c, being attached to intermediate portion 12 b. Handle 42 could alternately extend the whole length of container first end and intermediate portions 12 a, 12 b, or be of a shorter length. Handle 42 has a hollow tubular body in which the shaft of a landing net N can be removably engaged (FIG. 5). Handle 42 comprises a handle bar 42 a which is attached to container 12 by means of a pair of spacer elements 42 b, 42 b in an adjacent although spaced relationship therewith for allowing a person's fingers to extend between handlebar 42 a and container 12.

[0037] Bottom support pads 44 are provided on the bottom surface of container 12, at both extremities thereof. Pads 44 are annular, and destined to be releasably engaged by complementary support legs 46 (FIG. 5) to support fishing box 10 spacedly over ground. The flat upper surface formed by the coextensive lid 14, first casing 22 and second casing 24 may thus be used as a working table then box 10 is raised on support legs 46. Legs 46 may be stored in main container 12 when they are not in use. Also, an endwisely protruding lip 48 is provided on the top surface of lid 14, for supporting a bench vice when box 10 is used as a work surface, for example for making fishing lures. Furthermore, a sheet roll of knurled surfaced material, otherwise stored in container 12, may be unrolled over the flat top working surface to shield these surfaces from damage and to provide an anti-skid surface texture for facilitating fish handling thereon.

[0038] The fishing box 10 according to the present invention thus provides means of carrying a desired amount of fishing gear. Container 12 may indeed be carried without installing thereon casings 22, 24, and either one or both casings 22, 24 may be added, as desired.

[0039] Also, since elongated handle 42 extends along a substantial portion of the length of fishing box 10, it allows fishing box 10 to be carried approximately at the longitudinal position of its center of gravity, notwithstanding whether none, one or both casings 22, 24 are installed on fishing box 10, and notwithstanding the longitudinal weight repartitions within said fishing box 10. The expression “the longitudinal weight repartitions” include weight repartitions which would be expected inside a fishing box, and exclude very unusual weight repartitions such as 90% of the weight being located in a concentrated area at one end of the box 10. However, in an alternate embodiment of the invention, if expected weight repartitions in box 10 could include a majority of the load being concentrated at one extremity of box 10, then handle 42 should be longer to accommodate such expected load repartitions.

[0040] By moving his hand along handle 42, a person can thus hold fishing box 10 approximately at the longitudinal position of the center of gravity of fishing box 10. Handle 42 could be even shorter in length and still allow the person carrying fishing box 10 to do so by holding handle 42 at the longitudinal position of the center of gravity of fishing box 10, if the different weight repartitions within box 10 yield little variation of the longitudinal position of the center of gravity of box 10. It is understood however that, in all embodiments of the present invention, handle 42 is elongated in that it allows the person carrying box 10 with handle 42 to select a suitable carrying position thereon according to the longitudinal position of the center of gravity of box 10, so even if a shorter handle 42 is provided, it must remain long enough to allow such a longitudinal hand position selection.

[0041] It is noted that the “substantial portion” of the length of fishing box 10 is defined as the portion of fishing box 10 along which it is most likely that the longitudinal position of the center of gravity of fishing box 10 be located, considering usual weight repartitions within the fishing box and considering that the fishing box may have different weight repartitions according to the number of casings 22, 24 that are attached to container 12. That is to say, fishing box 10 is likely to have the longitudinal position of its center of gravity located at different positions depending on the following factors: (a) are the casings 22 and/or 24 attached to container 12; and (b) how is the load spread inside container 12 and eventually casings 22 and 24 if they are attached to container 12? Considering that a normal loading of fishing box 12 will see the load more or less equally longitudinally spread in each casing 22, 24 and container 12 proportionally to the available volume per unit of length of each casing/container, then the presence or absence of casings 22, 24 will be the factor most influencing the longitudinal position of the center of gravity of box 10. If both casings 22, 24 are not installed on container 12, then the longitudinal position of the center of gravity of box 10 will probably be located nearer to the container first end portion 12 a, and more particularly probably not further away from container intermediate portion 12 b than half the length of container first end portion 12 a; whereas if both casings 22, 24 are installed on container 12, then the longitudinal position of the center of gravity of box 10 will probably be located somewhere along the container intermediate portion 12 b. Thus, handle 42 is sized to extend along a substantial proportion of the length of box 10, which has a variable longitudinal weight repartition.

[0042] In the present specification and claims, it is understood that the expression “handle” specifically refers to the structure of the fishing box which is specifically destined to be used for carrying the box, as the conventional dictionary definition of this word suggests. Although a box can be grasped in a number of different ways, for example by sliding one's fingers under the box and lifting it, the handle, as used in the present specification and claims, is limited to the portion of the fishing box whose main purpose is to allow a person to most easily and ergonomically carry the fishing box by manually grasping the fishing box handle. Specifically, handle 42 of fishing box 10 comprises a handlebar 42 a which is sized to allow the fingers and hand of the person carrying box 10 to entirely surround handlebar 42 a if the person so wishes. Thus, in the present specification and claims, a portion of the container which is awkward, not easily handled and whose primary purpose is to carry or store articles, could not be considered as a handle. Also, even if handlebar 42 a is hollow to allow a landing net to be carried therein, it is understood that the primary purpose of handle 42 is to manually carry box 10, with the fact that hollow handlebar 42 a can also carry a landing net being a secondary function of handle 42.

[0043] A specific functional feature of the elongated handle 42 is the fact that the length thereof is shorter than that of elongated container 12 to which it is anchored. It is noted that a handle 42 of which the length would be greater than that of container 12, could generate an unstable arrangement should the user's hand accidentally shift or slide along handlebar 42 a beyond the edge of container 12. This would bring about unexpected loads about the user's arm, and sudden downward tilt of the container opposite end toward and against the ground. In effect, the handle 42 could then become inoperative as a means for supporting the container spacedly over ground. It is therefore considered to be outside the scope of the present invention to provide a handle having a length greater than that of the container 12 to which it is anchored.

[0044] It is noted that water-tight seals are provided on all lid openings 22 a, 24 a, 14. Consequently, box 10 is water-tight and buoyant. Also, the inner compartments which are defined inside each casing 22, 24 can be provided with equipment shelves or racks, as known in the art. Sponge members can furthermore be provided inside container 12 to hold and protect the fishing rods F.

[0045] Although a fishing box including one container and two casings has been illustrated in the drawings and described in the present specification, it is understood that a different type of fishing box assembly including at least two box compartments (which may include containers and/or casings) and possibly more than three box compartments is considered to be within the scope of the present invention.

[0046] It is noted that the fishing box 10 could include a container extension 12 c which is much shorter (not shown), and which in fact would act only as a removable cap to close the otherwise open mouth opening 12 d of container intermediate portion 12 b. Such a short cap extension can be used if shorter fishing rods are to be carried in container 12. In such a situation, it is understood that second casing 24 would not be used, since the short cap extension would be much too short to support casing 24. Support pads 44 would still be provided on the short cap extension, in which the support legs 46 could be inserted.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification206/315.11, 190/11
International ClassificationA01K97/06
Cooperative ClassificationA01K97/06
European ClassificationA01K97/06