US 3880106 A
A bracket assembly is disclosed for mounting a transducer to a boat. The assembly comprises an adjustable band adapted to be secured about a motor casing, a support member is secured to the band, and the transducer is releasably mounted to the support member.
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United States Patent 1m Farmer l l TRANSDUCER BRACKET  lnventor: Bobby E. Farmer. III Buena Vista Dr. West Point. (la. 39H) 22 Filed: Dee.28.|973
l2l| Appl. No.: 429.065
(52] U.S. Cl [IS/l8 E: 248/229; 340/8 5 [Sl] Int. Cl Bfiih 21/26  Field of Search I 15/[8 E. IR A; 248/22),
348/23]. 316 D; ZH-l/Wh. W7; 181/.5 VM. .5 A; 43/l7.l 4'. 340/8 S lfihl References Cited UNITED S'IA'I'ES PA'IENTS 3.755154 7/[950 Churellu 248/22) LUBMW-l hllhtl Anderson 340/8 S [I ll 3,880,106
145: Apr. 29, 1975 3.119.365 l/l9fi4 Evans llS/IX F. 3.l45.365 8/1964 .Iacuhs 3,212.74} lU/Wfifi Culver 3.802.377 4/!974 Porter cl All. lS/IX E Prinmry Examiner-frygve M. Blix Assislunr EXUIHiHtf-Chill'lCS E. Frankfurt Attorney, Agent, or Firm-Newt0n, Hopkins & ()rmshy  ABSTRACT A bracket assembly is disclosed for mounting a transducer to a boat. The assembly comprises an adjustable hand adapted to be secured about a motor casing. a support member is secured to the hand. and the transducer is relcasahl mounted to the support member.
1 Claim. 3 Drawing Figures TRANSDIJUER BRACKET BACKGROUND OF 'I'HIE INVI NIION This invention relates to bracket assemblies for mounting transducers to boats.
Heretofore. transducers of the type used in measuring the depth of water and in recogni/ing the presence of fish beneath boats. have been mounted to the stern of such vessels by means of bracket assemblies secured to transoms. Such assemblies are exemplified by those disclosed in US. Pat. Nos. 3.7:).lb2 and 3.751.43l.
Though boat transoms provide good structural support members to which transducer brackets may be secured. the location of transducers at the stern of boats has proven cumbersome and ineffective for many ap plications. For example. the usual. operative location for a trolling motor is at the bow of a fishing boat. The stern normally supports the relatively high-powered motor used in propelling the boat to and from trolling areas. When trolling. fishermen usually seat themselves at the how of the boat to manipulate the trolling motor tiller With the transducer located at the stern a depth or presence of fish detected by the transducer is offset almost the full length of the boat from the location of the fisherman himself and the trolling motor. This offset renders it difficult to accurately position the boat once the boat has been navigated over the area previ ously detected by the transducer. Furthermore. there is no practical way of confirming arrival at the desired location for once there the transducer is relocated in a new area. Stern mounting also necessitates the availability of electrical energy at both ends of the boat to simultaneously power both the trolling motor and transducer. Stern mounting further necessitates the need for three individual boat mountings for underwater boat accessories.
Accordingly. it is a general object of the present in vention to provide improved means for mounting transducers to boats.
More specifically. it is an object of the invention to provide means for mounting transducers closely adjacent trolling motors secured to boats.
Another object of the invention is to provide means for mounting transducers to boats with facility and speed.
Another object of the invention is to provide means for mounting transducers to boats at a location adjacent the usual place at which trolling motors are controlled.
Yet another object of the invention is to provide means for mounting transducers to boats at locations where electrical wiring of trolling motors and transducers may run coextensively to a battery for wiring compuctness.
Another object of the invention is to provide means for mounting transducers to boats whereby transducers and trolling motors may be simultaneously mounted. dismounted. submerged and emerged.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION In one form of the invention a bracket assembly is provided for mounting a transducer to a boatv The bracket assembly comprises an adjustable band adapted to be secured about a motor casing. a support member secured to the band. and transducer gripping means mounted to the support member.
In another form of the invention transducer mounting means are provided comprising a trolling motor having a motor casing. transducer gripping means. and means for mounting the transducer gripping means to the trolling motor casing.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING FIG. I is an exploded view in perspective view of a transducer bracket assembly embodying principles of the invention FIG. 2 is a front view in elevation of the transducer bracket illustrated in FIGv l, shown mounted to the casing of the trolling motor and supporting a transducer.
FIG. 3 is a side view in elevation of the assembly shown in FIG. 2.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING Referring now in more detail to the drawing there is shown a trolling motor having a motor casing 10 and a propeller I2 rotatably mounted adjacent the rear end of the trolling motor. A motor directional orientation and height adjusting shaft 14 extends upwardly from the motor casing. Shaft I4 is adapted to be mounted atop the bow of a fishing boat by conventional mounting means whereby upon manual movement of a tiller coupled thereto the shaft may be s\vi\eled to reorient the motor for stecrage and also for pivoting the shaft about a fulcrum point to raise and lower the motor.
A bracket assembly is also shown for supporting a transducer IS in front of motor casing Ill. The transducer is a conventional sound wave generator and receiver which emits a sound wave downwardly from the boat towards the floor of the body of water upon which the boat is floated. The bracket assembly is seen to inelude a support member 17 having a concave surface 18 detailed to fit snugly against the bottom convex surface of motor casing It]. The assembly includes an adjustable metal band 20 secured to support member I7. The metal band is of sufficient length to encompass the outer periphery of easing l0 and be rigidly secured thereto by means of a screw 22 threaded through a screw head 23 rigidly secured to one end of band 20. In threading screw 22 through screw head 23 the threads of the screw may engage ridges 24 adjacent the other end of the band which is inserted through a slot 25 in the screw head and thereby effect a tightening or loosening of the band about the motor casing by driving ridges 24.
At an end of the concave surface portion of support member 17 extends upwardly a plate 30 formed integrally with support member I7. With this construction the support member itselfmay he considered as including two unitary legs extending at right angles to one another. The plate member 30 is itself seen to include two holes 32 which are in alignment with holes 33 in a resilient metal clip 34. Holes 32 and 33 are adapted to receive fastening means to secure the clip to the plate member.
In FIG. 3 the assembly is shown with transducer 15 mounted just to the front of motor casing 10. With this mounting sound waves may be emitted and received from the bottom ofthe transducer without interference with structural components of the trolling motor itself. A co-axial cable 36 extends upwardly from the transducer. over the top of the motor casing and then upwardly out of the water along shaft 14.
It thus is seen that a transducer bracket is provided to which a transducer may be readily and easily mounted to a boat. The bracket itself is of simple and economic construction. It provides rigid attachment of a transducer to a boat in a position immediately to the front of the trolling motor thereby creating minimal drag. With this mounting to the trolling motor itselfthe transducer and trolling motor assembly may be both mounted to the boat and raised and lowered from the water as a unified assemblyv This unification of assembly thus minimizes the time and effort required in setup operations. The fact that the transducer and trolling motor power lines may be juxtaposed also minimizes the amount of wiring required to couple the units to a source of power such as a marine battery. Where such a battery is housed in the bow of the boat there is no need for cabling to run the entire length thereof.
It should also be noted that the mounting ofthe trans ducer to the front otthe motor casing enables the trolling motor to be raised to some degree. such as in trolling in very shallow water. without the attendant danger ofraising the transducer itself out ofthe water. The fact that the bottom of the transducer is not directed towards structural elements of the boat or its trolling motor or power motor avoids the creation of boat associated echoes from being detected by the transducer.
That the transducer is mounted to the trolling motor also eliminates the presence of substantial offset between the sonar presentation urea and the observer who typically is himself controlling the trolling motor by manual manipulation of a tiller coupled thereto.
It should. of course. be understood that the justdescribed embodiment merely illustrates principles of the invention in one preferred form. Many modifications may. of course. be made thereto without departure from the spirit and scope of the invention as set forth in the following claims.
What is claimed is:
l. A bracket assembly for mounting a transducer to a boat comprising an adjustable band adapted to be secured about a motor casing. a support member secured to said band. and transducer gripping means mounted to said support member. wherein said support member includes a concave surface detailed to be held in snug abutment about a convex surface ofa motor casing and wherein said support member comprises two legs joined together in L-shaped configuration whereby one of said legs may be secured in abutment with a bottom surface of a motor casing and the other of said legs may be secured in abutment with a front portion of the motor casing.