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H. N. HICKOK Aug. 29,l 967 SKI RACK Filed Aug. 9, 1965 INVENTOR.
HAPPY/V. H/C'KK United States Patent O 3,338,422 SKI RACK Harry N. Hickok, 1615 Minnesota St., Oceanside, Calif. 92054 Filed Aug. 9, 1965, Ser. No. 478,330 2 Claims. (Cl. 211-60) ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A rack for supporting skis in an upright position against two horizontally extending rails of a frame, the skis being removably held in position against the upper rail by a cord under tension.
The present invention relates to a rack for supporting skis in an upright position.
The device of this invention comprises uprights, joined with an upper horizontal rail against which'the skis rest and are maintained by a resilient cord, and a lower horizontal rail forming a support for the skegs of the skis.
Further objects and advantages will he apparent from the following description, reference being had to the drawing wherein a preferred embodiment of the invention is illustrated.
In the drawing:
FIG. 1 is a perspective View of the support rack of the present invention;
FIG. 2 is a sectional view of the rack `shown in FIG. l, taken along line 2 2 of FIG. 1; and
FIG. 3 is a detailed view of the loops included in the rack shown in FIG. 1.
Referring more in detail to the drawing, the uprights 11 are preferably formed such that they angle inwardly from the bottom and then -bend to extend parallel, the front upright to the 4back upright, for a portion 13 of their length to facilitate joining said uprights to the upper horizontal rail 15 and to each other.
The upper horizontal extending rail 15 preferably includes extensions 17 on each end. Said extensions are formed with reverse bends so that they extend back along the main portion of the rail but disposed therefrom suiciently to provide rotational support to the frame when yboth the rail and its extensions are joined with the uprights 11.
In the preferred embodiment the extensions 17 are formed suiiiciently close to the horizontal rail 15 to permit both members to be included within the parallel portion 13 of the uprights 11, thus facilitating joining of the members.
The joining is preferably accomplished by fastening the member together with the standard commercial bolts 19 and nuts 21 to render the rack readily collapsible.
The cord 23 is preferably of resilient material and is maintained in close relationship to the horizontal rail thus providing means for retaining the ski 25 in position against said horizontal rail. The cord may be connected directly to the horizontal rail 15 utilizing a standard shock cord connector 27.
'The preferred embodiment includes a plurality of adjustably located loops 29 encompassing the cord 23 and the upper horizontal rail 15, thus providing additional means for maintaining each ski individually in close relationship with the upper horizontal rail. These loops are 3,338,422 Patented Aug'. 29, 1967 clearly shown in FIG. 3 and are preferably metal and include a grommet 31 of a resilient material to permit said loops to iit snugly over the cord 23 and the rail 15 and to be easily adjustable throughout the length of the rail. Thus a loop may be moved into position on either side of the ski 25, as shown in FIG. 1 to prevent said ski from tipping to either side.
The loops 29 may also include a hook 33 to be utilized for hanging ropes and other equipment.
A lower horizontal rail 35 is supported a suihcient distance from the bottom of the forwardly extending upright 11 to provide a support for the s'keg 37 of the ski 25. The r-ail 35 preferably includes threaded studs 36 on each end, which studs are adapted to extend through side ybars 39 and the upright 11 and to be engaged by the wing nuts 21. Each side bar 39 is joined with a forwardly extending upright and a rearwardly extending upright to give additional support to the rack. The uprights 11, connecting bars 39 and rails 15 and 35 when fastened as shown form a frame.
From the above it will be apparent that this invention provides a convenient and reliable, simply constructed, and collapsible support rack for supporting water skis.
While the form of embodiment herein shown and described constitutes preferred form, it is to be understood that other forms may be adapted falling within the scope of the claims that follow.
1. A rack for supporting skis in an upright position, said rack comprising:
(A) a frame including:
(1) a pair `of uprights at one end thereof;
(2) a pair of uprights at the other end thereof;
(3) a horizontally extending rail connected with the upper portion of both pairs of uprights;
(4) a horizontally extending rail connected with the lower portions of an upright of both pairs of uprights;
(B) and means adapted for resiliently holding the skis in position against the upper rail when the lower portions of the skis rest against the lower rail, said means including a cord having the opposite ends thereof connected with the frame near the opposite uprights and extending alongside the upper rail, the skis being adapted to be disposed between the cord and the upper rail.
2. A rack as dened in claim 1, characterized to include:
(C) adjustably located loops encompassing the cord and upper horizontal rail for receiving a ski therebetween to prevent it from tipping sideways.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS ROY D. FRAZIER, Primary Examiner. CLAUDE A. LEROY, Examiner. W. D. LOULAN, Assistant Examiner.