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Method and device for releasably latching a water vessel to a line

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A method and device to permit a water vessel to releasably capture a line. The water vessel may include a step cutout portion to receive a line capturing device. The line capturing device includes a device housing having a capturing notch and a pivotal guide arm. The guide arm may be pivoted to a deployed position. When presented with a line, a water vessel with the line-capturing device may capture the line by deploying the guide arm to guide the line into the notch, where the line is releasably latched. Also included is a system for towing a smaller water vessel to a parent vessel, the smaller water vessel including a device for capturing a line. The line may be attached at one end to the parent vessel.

Inventors: 
Harris, Donald Barnett; Sokol III, Willard; Galway, Robert J.
Patent Number: 
Technical domain: 
Handling and Transportation
FIle Date: 
2011-06-07
Grant Date: 
2013-01-29
Grant time: 
602 days
Grant time percentile rank: 
10
Claim count percentile rank: 
3
Citations percentile rank: 
1
'Cited by' percentile rank: 
1
Assignee: 
US NAVY