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Title:
INSERTABLE BLADDER SYSTEM FOR INFLATABLE BOAT REPAIR
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/178007
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A thin air bag/bladder, which when packaged and attached to an air valve system is inserted into an inflatable boat, or inflatable structure to repair a puncture or leak. This valve and adapter system is used to fasten and lock the valve structure in place during use. After attachment to the air valve system, the packaged bag is inserted into the inflatable structure with a collapsible tent pole/stick through the pre-existing valve opening with newly installed adapter. A valve system and bag/bladder will be needed for each separate air chamber of the boat design, whatever the length, diameter, or number of individual chambers. This will allow a replacement bag to be user retrofitted at any later time, whenever needed to repair a puncture or leakage, in any inflatable boat, life-raft or inflatable device.

Inventors:
HEBERLING PETER (US)
Application Number:
US2019/021706
Publication Date:
September 19, 2019
Filing Date:
March 11, 2019
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
HEBERLING PETER STEPHEN II (US)
International Classes:
B63B7/06; B60C17/01; B63B43/12; B63B43/14; B64C25/56
Domestic Patent References:
WO2004035376A12004-04-29
Foreign References:
US8753235B12014-06-17
US4478587A1984-10-23
US2413869A1947-01-07
US7143714B12006-12-05
GB1313850A1973-04-18
US7303453B12007-12-04
US3005201A1961-10-17
US20160089934A12016-03-31
US2953345A1960-09-20
US3159377A1964-12-01
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
SCOTT, Steven, R. (US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

Claim, h An inflatable bladder system ibr nse with Inflatable devices having a device valve lor filling, emptying and retaining air within m inflatable void in said inflatable device, comprising: an inflatable bladder conforming to fire inflated shape o f sai inflatable void in said inflatable device when said inflatable bladder Is inflated; and wherein said inflatable bladder is compacted and inseifable through the said device valve into the inflatable void in s¾M inflata le device tor positioning therein prior to inflation of said inflatable bladder.

, Tiie system of claim 1, wherein said inflatable bladder has a bladder valve for filling, emptying and retaining air within said inflatable bladder Toe system of claim 2, wherein said bladder valve connects to the device valve for filling, emptying and retaining air within said inflatable void in said inflatable device. ¾· system of claim 2, wherein said device valve is comprised of an outer valve body connected to a removable inner valve core, and said bladder val ve replaces said Inner valve core and connects to said outer valve body in order to connect said device valve The system of claim 3, wherein said device valve is comprised of an outer valve body connected to a removable inner valve core, and said bladder valve replaces said inner valve core and connects to said outer valve body in order to connect to said device valve,

& The system of claim 2, wherein connection of the bladder valve to the device valve anchors the inflatable bladder a position to conform to the shape of fee ipflatable void When the Madder is inflated,

7. The system of claim 3, wherein connection of the bladder valve to the device valve anchors the inflatable bladder in a position to conform to the shape of the inflatable void when the bladder is inflated.

8. The system of claim 4, wherein connection of the bladder valve to the device valve anchors the inflatable bladder in a position to conform to the shape of the inflatable void when the bladder is inflated

9. A method for using an inflatable bladder system for repair of am inflatable device having a device valve for filling, emptying and retaining air within an interior inflatable void in said inflatable device comprising: providing an inflatable bladder conforming to an inflated shape of the interior inflatable void in said inflatable device when said inflatable bladder is inflated; which inflatable bladder has a bladder valve for rilling, emptying and retaining air within said mflatabie bladder, and which inflatable bladder can be compacted to insert through the said device valve into me inflatable void m said mf!s de de ice; compacting and inserting said compactabie inflatable Madder through the device valve into the interior inflatable void in said inflatable device; and inflating said inflatable bladder via its bladder valve so that sai inflatable bladder fills and fully inflates said inflatable void, and closing off said bladder valve so as to retain air within said bladder valve and inflatable void. ΐa The method of claim 9, wherein said bladder valve can be connected to the device valve for filling, emptying and retaining air within said Inflatable void in said inflatable devise, said method further comprising connecting said bladder valve to the device valve.

II. The method of claim 10, wherein said device- valve is comprised of an outer valve body with a removable inner valve core, and wherein connecting said bladder valve to said device valve includes removing said tuner valve com from said outer valve body and replacing it with said bladder valve.

12. The method o f claim 10. wherein connection of the bladder valve to the device valve ambuw the inflatable bladder i a position to conform to the shape of the inf!atabte void when the bladder Is inflated..

13. The method of claim 11, wherein connection of the bladder valve to the device valve anchors the inflatable bladder in a position to conform to the shape of the inflatable void when the bladder is inflated.

14 The system of claim 1, wherein said inflatable bladder is retained in a. compacted configuration for insertion through said device valve into the inflatable void in said inflatable device by an expansion restrain^ which expansion restraint will maintain said inflatable bladder ift a compacted configuration only until the expansion or said bladder by inflation releases it from said expansion restraint

15, The system of claim 2, wherein said inflatable bladder is retained in a compacted configuration for insertion through said device valve into the inflatable void in said inflatable device by an expansion restraint, which expansion restraint will maintain said inflatable bladder in a compacted configuration only until the expansion of said bladder by inflation releases it from said expansion restraint

16. The system o f claim 3. wherein said inflatable bladder is retained in a compacted configuration for insertion through said device valve into the inflatable void in said inflatable device by an expansion restraint which expansion restraint will maintain said inflatable bladder hi a compacted configuration only until the expansion of said bladder by inflation releases it from said expansion restraint

17. The syste of claim 4, wherein said inflatable bladder is retained in a compacted configuration for insertion through said device valve into the inflatable void in said inflatable device by an expansion restraint, which expansion restraint will aintain said inflatable bladder m a compacted configuration only unci the expansion of said bladder by inflation releases it flora said expansion restraint,

18, Tbs system of claim 5, wherein said inflatable bladder is retained in a compacted configuration for insertion through said device valve into the inflatable void in said inflatable device by an expansion restraint, which expansion restraint will maintain said inflatable bladder in a compacted configuration only until the expansion of said bladder by inflation releases it from said expansion restraint.

19. The system of claim 6, wherein said inflatable bladder is retained a compacted configuration for insertion through said device valve into the inflatable void: in. said Inflatable device fey an expansion restraint, which expansion restraint will maintain said inflatable bladder a compacted configuration only until the expansion of said bladder fey inflation releases it front saM expansion s ra nt

20, l¾e system o f claim 7, wherein said inflatable bladder is retained in a compacted configuration tor insertion through said device valve into the inflatable void it said inflatable device by an expansion restraint, which expansion restraint will maintain said inflatable bladder fc a compacted configuration only until the expansion of said bladder by inflation releases it from said expansion restraint.

21 The system of claim wherem said inflatable bladder is retained in a compacted configuration for insertion through said device valve into the inflatable void in said krilaiable device by an expansion restraint* which expansion restraint will maintain said inflatable bladder in a compacted configuration only until the expansion of said bladder by inflation releases it from said expansion restraint,

22. The method of claim 9, wherein sai inflatable bladder Is retained in a compacted configuration for insertion through said device vaive into the inflatable void in said inflatable device by an expansion restraint, which expansion restraint will maintain said inflatable bladder in a compacted configuration only until the expansion of said bladder by inflation releases it worn said expansion restraint

23. The tneftod of claim 10, wherein said inflatable bladder is retained in a compacted configuration for insertion through said device valve into the inflatable void in said inflatable device by an expansion restraint, which expansipn restraint will maintain said inflatable bladder in a compacted configuration only until die expansion of said bladder by inflation releases it from said expansion restraint

24 The method of claim 11, wherein said inflatable adder i retained in a compacted configuration for insertion through said device valve into the inflatable void in said inflatable device by an expansion restraint, which expansion restraint will maintain said inflatable bladder in a compacted configuration only until the expansion of said bladder by inflation releases it from said expansion restraint

25. The method of claim 12, wherein said inflatable bladder is: retained in a compacted configuration for insertion through said device valve into the inflatable void in said inflatable device by an expansion restraint, which expansion restraint will maintain said inflatable bladder in a compacted configuration only until the expansion of said bladder by inflation releases it fro said expansion restraint

26. The method of claim 13, wher ein said inflatable bladder is retained in a compacted configuration for insertion through said device valve Into the inflatable void in said inflatable device by ¾ expansion restraint, which expansion restraint will maintain said inflatable bladder in a compacted configuration only until the expansion of said bladder by inflation releases it, from said expansion restraint

27. The system of claim 14 wherein said expansion restraint is at least one of non- permanent adhesive between compacted portions of said inflatable bladder, and at least one burstab!e external wrap around portions of said compacted inflatable bladder,

28. The system of claim 15, wherein said expansion restraint is at least one of: non ermanent adhesive between compacted portions of said inflatable bladder, and at least one bisrstable external wrap around portions o f said compacted inflatable bladder.

29. The system of claim 1¾ wherein said expansion restraint is at least one of nonpermanent adhesive between compacted portions of said Inflatable bladder, and at least one bar table external wrap around portions of said compacted inflatable bladder.

30. The systek of claim 17, wherein said expansion restraint is at least one of; non- permanent adhesive between compacted portions of said inflatable bladder, and at least one burstaMe external wrap around portions of said compacted inflatable bladder.

31 The system of claim s 9. whore; a said expansion near not Is at least cssc of non- permanent adhesive between compacted portions of said inflatable bladder, and at least case burstablo external wrap around portions of said compacted inflatable bladder.

32. The system of claim 19. wherein said expansion restraint is at least one of: non- permanent a hesive between compacted portions of said inflatable bladder, and at least one bursiable external wrap around portions of said compacted inflatable bladder.

"33. The. system of claim 20, wherein said expansion restraint is ax least one of non- permanent adhesive between compacted portions of said inflatable Madder, and at least one bursiable external wrap around portions of said compacted inflatable bladder.

34. the system of claim 2L wherein said expansion restraint is at least one of .«on- pennanent adhesive between compacted portions of said inflatable bladder, and si least one bursiable external wrap around portions of said compacted inflatable bladder.

35. The method of claim 22, wherein said expansion restraint is at least one of; non- permanent adhesive between compacted portions of said inflatable bladder, and at least one bursiable external wrap around portions of said compacted inflatable bladder

36. The system of claim 23, wherein said expansion restraint is at least one of non permanent adhesive between compacted portions of said inflatable bladder, and at least one burstable external wrap around portions o f said compacted iftilatahle bladder.

37. The method of claim 24, wherein said expansion restraint is at least one of non- permanent adhesi ve between compacted portions of said inflatable bladder, and at least one testable external wrap around portions of said compacted inflatable bladder.

38. The method of claim 25, wherein said expansion restraint is at least one of: non- permanent adhesive between compacted portions of said inflatable bladder, and at least one testable external wra around portions of said compacted inflatable bladder.

39. The method of claim 26, wherein said expansion restraint is at least one of seal · permanent adhesive between compacted portions of said inflatable bladder, and at least one burstahle external wrap around portions of said compacted inflatable bladder.

Description:
MSERTA1M BLAPDBB SYSTEM KM

IM,ATAM,I BOAT REPAIR

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS piMII] This application claims the benefit and priority efU.S, Provisional Application Serial No. 62/641,40$ titled ! ' A replaceable inflatable Inner bag/biadder including

repiacement air valve with needed adapters, which will repair punctured or leaking inflatable boats or rafts, or other inflatable products that utilize various types o f original equipment air valves at time of manufacture;" 12 March 20 U, the same being incorporated herein by reference.

BAC GROU D OF THE INVENTION FIELD OF THE INVENTION jOftftkf .The instant invention pertains generally to the repair of inflatable boats. More specifically, it teaches the use of replaceable inflatable inner bags/bladders including air valve sys e s an adapte s, used to repair punctured or leaking inflatable boats, rafts, or other inflatable products.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

{80031 Inflatable boats, rafts and many other inflatable products have the problem of leaking through normal use, wear and tear, and also from punctures or holes to the structure caused by the unforeseen and demanding conditions of ordinary use. This Inflatable structure Is most always a rubber covered reinforced fabric, which has necessary glued or welded seams to form the needed shapes for foe intended purpose of the craft or object. The outer shell of reinforced fabric is not only the air holding bladder, but also provides the needed stiffness and structure of the craft. There are many different types of boats made in this way. Some types of rafts and boats get their shape from the inflated elements that form the desired hull shape. Still other types of emit use a rigid aluminum or fiberglass shaped hail bottom * with glued or attached inflatable collar around the perimeter, that are regarded as Rigid inflatable Boats. Hence th term RIB, this is the generic term for this type of craft, There are also many more uses of litis type construction., which include Inflatable marine fenders, life rafts of many types and uses, and many other products that use these t pes ofInflatable structures utilizing similar type air valves. Any future reference to this or any similar type of construction or product, the term boat, craft, or RIB will be substituted. f 04J These types of inflatable emit are inherently difficult and expensive iu manutaeture, and repairing them when leaking or punctured is a tedious and expensive process. Even with ti ts utmost care and attention during said repair of outer fabric, the results am usually legs than expected and the repair will continue to, or eventually leak, even wit a patch. This renders theboat less desirable as it must be constantly rednftaied or pumped up, to maintain the necessary flotation and or to provide the needed stiffness to the structure during use.

[OOOSj This invention is made for these very reasons, and addresses the problems with an advantageous solution to a patch for any air leak. If a leak cm puncture occurs, the air tube of the RIB can then he user repaired without the hassle of a tedious or time-consuming repair. SUMMARY OF THE INTENTION

(IK] The present mvenfkm encompasses a replaceable inflatable inner bladder/baa, reusable air valve sysiem and the selection o an adapter ncorpo ated into this design, which is chosen depending o which type or make of air valve was originally installed in the inflatable product or best, at the time of manufacture. There m many design types and choices of original equipment air valves used by manuf ctu ers to make these Inflatable products or boats.

\ mri The adapters in this invention are used to attach and hold tight tire air valve system: including the attached biaddeobag, to the boat or inflatable product. This invention solves theissue of different air valve types used by to an a facto reds, with an adapter which will screw into the previous air valves' threaded flange, or another design of adapter that will thread Into the interna! nut that secured the original air valve In its openaigfas more completely described in US Patent 4,478,58?) !fihe previous air valve design and opening is too small, or of a design that will not work in thi situation, a third design of adapter, that is attached u> hie outer-skin or fabric oath minima! alteration its boat, ih therefore be used. Toe / installation process of this adapter, will also allow for the removal of any previous sir valve pans or the tightening nut left inside after disassembly, ifagp!!cabie, Whichever of these adapters Is needed and installed, these will allow toe subsequent attachment, installation, and

reattaehtoenf of this Invention into an type of Inflatable boat or product, for air leakage or repair of a puncture when needed In the future. The embodiments of this invention, allow toe installation Into any type or make of inflatable boat, raft, or similar Inflatable products even though three different designs of adapters are listed and described in this disclosure, this does not preclude the subsequent design and manufacture of others, which may be mduded at a later date. The embodiments ofi the described adapters included in this invention, is they ah have the same internal features and size, to allow either air-valve system described m this invention, to be used interchangeably with whichever adapter is used at the time ofmstaljation.

PKKBj With the adapter installed in the previous opening, the inflatable biadder/bag with the attached air valv body is inserted into the boat, and after securing the valve body to the installed adapter, the interna! bladder ay then be inflated. When ori ginally Installed, or for any subsequent replacement bladder/bag usee lor a later repair, this bladder/hag may be longitudinally rolled up and inserted into a perforated plastic film paekaging/bag ora small diameter and the required length. The design and use of t s packaging, including heat sealed pockets on each end which allow a collapsible tent pole/ stick of the correct diameter to be used to push the bag into the boat through the installed adapter housing.

pfihDJ The outer protective film packaging is only used for protection of the inner bag/bladder for shipping and storage, and to maintain the small size needed for insertion through the adapter into the boat. Upon inflating the bag/bladder inside the boat or Indatable article, the outer perforated package is tom away xo allow the bag to inflate felly.. This inner bag/bladder after installation then becomes the air holding membrane, and from then on forward, the bouts outer shell or fabric will only need to provide a tough and durable exterior for puncture resistance, and to maintain foe desired shape of the craft from the air pressure hel Inside by the bag/bladder.

MM0J The inflatable bag/biadder can be sde fe any length or circumference, to accommodate for the different designs a id length of boats. For example, manufacturer's produce varying Jhmeters used for the rubes, and have anywhere from one, to as many as five -separately sealed air chambers which prevent one puncture or leak, fro® deflating the entire craft. These features of the invention, allows the installation on any type of boat, regardless of the manufacturer, or design elements used to make the said craft or product, M¾I hi one aspect ofthe use of the invention, these features are used to retrofit existing hosts that have beers punctured or leak air, but does not preclude the use in a newly manufactured boat.

[00012] The benefits of this invention will be desired by the end user, whether Installed at the time ofmstmfacture, or when installed at a later date for the repair of an air teak or puncture. piMfl3| When installed, this invention allows for foe repair ofan air leak or puncture without the need for a time consuming or expensive glued on patch hich may or may not produce the outcome desired. Many leaks occur in these types of boats, with some through the seams, or a puncture which is so close to a seam which makes a repair with a glued patch next to impossible. In ibis disclosure all reference to say of these types o structures, whether an inflatable raft boat or other type of Inflatable product the generic ter of boat, cra.it or RIB, will he used to describe whichever type o f structure, fCMMIMf This invention, and the benefits ofthe replaceable inner hag/bladder, is needed for these types of products. However, as these descriptions and subsequent drawings will show foe preferred embodiments used in this invention, this does not preclude foe sealing of the valve system and bag/bladder to fit much larger custom RlB's, boats or inflatable articles of arm size. There are many designs which could lead to a practical solution, hot the main aspect of this invention is a valve system, with a re-allachahle bag/b ladder, that will allow for the eas and simple repair of punctures or leaks in foe future. After the installation ofthe adapter, air valve, and bladder system for any future leak or puncture, the air valve structure is removed, a new inflatable hag/biadder with a new tightening net and washer sealed inside is reattached to the for valve, then the new bag inserted info the boat and inflated afte securing the an: valve back to the previously installed adapter. These embodi ents and features allow for an easy repair for future problems of air leaking through the outer skin. This system will allow quick and easy repair, whether mwn nounal wear and tear, or from an unforeseen puncture due to foe demanding circumstances which these craft endure and operate in on a regular basis.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

|0§01Sf The novel features beli ved to be characteristic of this invention are set forth with particularity in foe appended claims. The invention itself, however, both ss to its or anisation and method of operation, together with further objects and advantages thereof may best be understood by reference to the following : description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings in which; jjC MRb! TIG. 1 A provides a schematic perspective view from above a typical inflatable boat.

|0OO17| FIG. IB provides a schematic perspective rear view of inflatable boat.

[00018 PK 3. 1C provides a schematic perspective view from the side of said inflatable boat.

[9001 1 FIG. 1 D provides a schematic perspective view from above inflatable boar.

IQ0029I Pit?. 1 E provide upper or&og pMc schematic perspective view of inflatable boat. ffi!MOIJ FIG. IF provides a schematic perspective tear view of inflatable boat. |0 022I FIG. 1G provides schematic perspective view of side of latabk boat

|0O¾23| FIG, LR provides schematic detail view of fofiaiable boat,

\mi4} FIG, 2 provides a schematic view of Haltey-Robcrts adapter,

1000251 FIG, 3 provides a schematic section view of Halkey- obsrts adapter,

FIG 4 provides a schematic view of Achilles Adapter,

FIG. 5 provides a schematic section view of Achilles Adapter.

PMMI2SI FIG. 6 provides a top schematic view of other adaptor.

10002 ] FIG 7 provides a upper orthographic· schematic view of other adapter

and mounting flange.

|0CMB¾ FIG S provides a side schematic iew of other adapter and mounting flange

1060311 F i G, 9 provides a sectional side schematic view of ot er adapter and mounting Feme.

100032) FIG. If) provides a expanded schematic view· of parts 12 through 20.

1Q0Ό331 FIG. 11 provides a expanded sectional schematic view of parts 12 through 20.

1000341 HG , ! 2 provides a side schematic view of embodiment of valve system ,

1009351 Piii. 13 is a sectional schematic view of a typical embodiment of this invention.

BG. 14 provide a lower perspective view of typical valve system.

190637] FIG. 15 show a typical valve system with vie of valve system and partial view 1 of bag and packaging tube. flKMBSj FIG. 16 provides the rear partial view of typical embodiment wit attached bag inside packaging tube. f SVS FIG. J 7 provides the iron† partial sectional view of typical valve system w lib attached bag inside packaging tube.

100949] FIG. 18 provides partial side view of valve system with attached bag and

packaging tube.

199941] FIG. 19 Is a upper schematic view ox another embodiment of main body using a rigid air valve tor air sealing.

[99042] FIG . 20 provides a schematic side view of the rigid air valve embodiment,

|b§043| FIG. 2 i is a sectional schematic view or the rigid air valve embodiments with parts labeled 22 through 26.

[99044] FIG:, 22 provides the top schematic view of another embo iment of lower body. a lower perspective view of showing alternate lower body. [ 0046 FIG. 24 is side view of lo er body that allows ultrasonic weld to main Jodies and also hag. 000471 FK1 25 provides a schematic sectional view of alternate embodiment» tower body.

{000401 FIG 26 is a schematic sectional view showing adapter 6, mam body 16, and lower body iS

[06040] FIG. 27 is a schematic sectional view showing adapter 8, m body i n. and tower body 18

[00050] FIG- 28 is a schematic sectional view showing adapter 10, main body 16, and lower body 18.

[00051] FR) , 29 is a schematic sectional view showing adapter 6, main body 24, and lower body 18.

100052] FIG, 30 is a schematic sectional view showing adapter 8, mam bony 24, and lower body 18.

[00053] FIG. 31 is a schematic sectional view showing adapter Hi, main body 24, and lower body 18. ims4] FIG. 32 is a schematic sectional view showing adapter 6 5 main body 16, and lower [00055] FIG 33 is a schematic sectional view showing adapter ll, ain body 16, and lower body 29,

[00056] MG. 34 is a schematic sectional view showing adapter 10, main body 16, and lower body 29.

[0005?] FIG 35 ia a schematic sectional view showing adapter 6, main body 24, and lower body 29.

[00050] F!G. 36 is a schematic sectional view showing adapter 8, main body 24, and lo er body 29. flMMISf] FIG. 37 is a schematic sectional view showing adapter 10, main body 24. and

lower body 29

DETAILED DE CRI TION OF THE INTENTION |(N 6 | FIGS through 37 show die preferred embodiments of the valve system with adapters and the individual parts used in this invention. TIGS 2, 4 , and 6 show the adapters used to connect this valve system to the previously Installed air valves used at the time of construct ion of any Inflatable type boat These adapters, TIGS .2 and 4 allow for the attachment of this invention. In the same way as the air previous valves were attached, simply and without altering die boat or structure in any way. jKBSL 2 shows s lype of dapter 6 that Is screwed into the previously attached air valves tightening nut, which is left inside the boat after disassembly and removal of the outer parr ofsald valve A second type ofadapter S, as shown iu TS2 4 merely screws Into threaded flange mounted cat the boat, after the removal of the air valve installed si the tune of manufacture, JoRT 6 shows anoTer embodiment of tins invention, the adapter ID including tightening flange II, which will allow attachment of tins invention ¾> boats that use too small a valve opening, or of a design that precludes easy and simple attachment ofthis ^yst n instead of the previous valve. With this adapter 11 fromMG , fraud /, it allows this invention to be compatible with any other type valve mo dings used by the separate manufacturer's because « f their small size or incompatible tfeamres of the valve· used at time of manufacture, The type boats that will use adapter 11, from FIG fr, mus be altered slightly to attach this type adapter. This will be accomplished by unscrewing or disassembly of the previous valve, then making small slits on either side of the hole, in the: preferred later mounting direction, to remove any leftover valve pats inside the boat. hese slits also allows the adapter 10 from #111 fr, to b inserted in through the opening offbe previons air valve hole, and attached to the adapter mounting flange 11 with scre¾vs or othe meansfex. rivets, holts, etc.), disc installer will need to punch holes that lineup with the screw openings of this adapter Iff to make it easier to line up and assemble with the mounting flange II Horn FIG, ?. All the adapters in FIGS. 2, 4 end 6, have the same interna 1 features and size, to allow either the main body umbrella val ve 10 from Kk 10. or rigid air valve main body 24 from FI , 1 % io be securely attached to any of the adapters fr if cc 10, These adapters 4. 0, and 10 allow this invention and valve system, to be easily Installed into any type or manufacture of inflatable boat, regardless of the previous type or make of valve installed at time of manufacture. Tire adapters from FIGS, 2 and dare the corresponding parts m the air valves used In many boats, and have passed their patent protections due to the age ofthese designs. Even though only listing three adapters in this system. this does not preclude the manufacture of more than Uwse three specific ones, as ne air valve designs sms to arket, or older designs lose their patent protections, iiappUeable The two adapters in FIG land 4 are the most widely used air valves in inflatable products, with many of die largest atitriaeturer’e using one or tie other type,

P0061J The preferred embodiment of the valve system of this invention, with the in iv dual parts shown separately and numbered 12 through 2§, is shown in FIG. M This embodiment of the valve system will consist of a main body umbrella valve 16, which has a hole on center to receive and retain the umbrella valve 1% and surrounding inlet air holes. In this embodiment of this valve system, the umbrella valve 17 Is the one way valve which holds air inside die bag/hladder fe The lower body 18 is glued or high frequency welded to the umbrella main body 16, after the umbrella valve 17, is installed in Its place. The lower body 18 and the thumb scre 2% with rubber washers It on either side of the inflatable bag/hladder 3, are what clamps together and holds air tight this bag/biadder 3, when in use end installed lit the boat or article

0$2| The features ofthis system allow either of the main bodies 16 or 34 after installation of appropriate internal valve parts and subsequent weld or attachment to lower body 18, and secured to bag/bladder 3 with washers 19 and thumb screw 20, to be easily remowed and subsequently reinstalled, after cutaway of the previously installed but newly leaking bag/bladder 3, whichever adapters 6, ¾ or 111 are Installed in the Inflatable boat .1 The embodiment and design in this system, is accomplished with three evenl spaced axially tapered tabs best seen in Tiff fft These tans, when either main body 16 or 24 is inserted Into and rotated inside an of the adapters ¾ fe or 1ft have corresponding shape that mates with all the adapters to hold and lock the entire assembly during use inside of any inflatable boat 1 or device. There a multiple ways to accomplish this same embodiment or feature with sufficient strength, hut this embodi ent must be accom plished with a minimum of axial rotation, or the bag/hlattoer;3 would become twisted inside the boat before inflation. As shown in FIGS, ii through i¾ the threaded thumb screw 20, allows :a new longitudinally rolled and packaged hag/bladder 3 to be easily threaded and reconnected to the lower body 18. After the packaged bag/hiadder 3 as shown In FIGS. I through 18, ¾ einserted Into the inflatable boat 1 and attached and held fast to whichever adapter is installed, only inflation is needed lo complete the repair. A nets thumb screw 20, with elastomer washer 19 a Hacked must be sealed inside of the new replacement bag/bladder 3, to facilitate kter leat achnieni to the lower body 18. [00063] As seen In FIGS. 19 through Aft another embodimen of this valve system, with individual parts labeled 22 through 2d as shown is an alternate type air valve arrangement for this invention, with advantages provided hot at a higher complexity and cost. This

embodiment allows a hermetic seal hei rs eon the rigid sir valve 22, with bodily held elastome washer 25. which opposes tin: kinetic enemy provided to the spring 26 and mates a forcible seal against the lower shape of the rigid valve main body 24, The air valve cap 23, also opposes the force provided by the spring 26, ted has a designed upper shape that allows a common flat or Phillips screwdriver, or even a coin, to be used to push in and lock open the air valve 22, far deflating, if his open position s facilitated !¾ the bump on the air valve labeled 27, as seen in THAI 21, which when the air valve 22 is pushed in, rotated ted released, this bump bolds against the bottom of the tabs of main body 24, which support the spring 26 sad center the rigid air valve 22 in place. Held open in this position, the inflatable boat 1 ca be deflate by many OEM supplied air pumps or with any shop type vacuum cleaner, to deflate the boat for storage or stowage onboard of a larger vessel when desired.

£00864} This rigid valve main body 24 along with the umbrella main body 1 shown and described earlier hi FIG /£¾ share embodiments, features, and size which make them interchangeable with adaptors fe § or f 0. These features allow either type ofvaive to be used in this invention, wit any chosen or needed adapter. Both main bodies M and 24 have the same mating surfaces needed to uhrasomcally weld to lower body 18 as previously mentioned, or another embodiment of lower body ¾ as seen in FIGS. 22 through 25, This alternate type lower body 24 «ot only uhraso cslly welds to either main body 14 or 24 but also allows an ultrasonic weld to the bag/bladder 3. An uhraseme weld initiator 2fo as seen in FIGS. P and 2/, which is an embodiment of both main bodies, allows a hermetic seal between both main bods? M or 24, and either lower body 18 or 29.

0MKI65| The other pans ofihis embodiment not previously mentioned include the cap 13, shaped elastomer washer 15, and tool 12 as seen In /¾¾$ < I and L The -cap 13, screws onto either the main body lb or 24, and the installation of elastomer washer 15 provides even protection of holding air inside the bag/bladder 3 even though there is a hole 14 in the top of the cap 13, as shown in the sectional view FIG. //through line 5~$ from FIG 10. The hole M in the cap 13, along with a corresponding holes 7 and 2 in adapters h and 8, allow a short thin cor or lanyard in secure the cap 13 to whichever adapter is used. This resolves concerns for loss or misplacement ofthe cap 13, while in use or when removed to re-inilaie the boat's individual tube section's. As m so e installations, these valves are over the water, with the ever-present danger of the cap 13 being dropped or lost if not attached to the hoist in any way.

109866] The tool 12 with complementary notches and mating surfaces to either of the main bodies 16 or 24, allows the application of necessary torque for initial tightening sfthe adapters, and tor locking and unlocking the valve assembly when desired to facilitate the installation of a replacement bag/ bladder 3 Inside packaging tube 21 Secondly, by allowing the air pump provided as original equipment to be retrofitted for use with this system tor inflation or delation, when needed. The apper iesp portion ofihe tool 12, which is designed to fit a hose for connection to any ait pump, may be made in other sized outside diameters, requited for the many different original equipment type pumps provided by the

manufacturers, when boat is sold to the end user. I be lower portion of this tool 12 fits tightly inside either main body 16 or 24, to hold tight turd provide the necessary seal needed tor inflation.

(fiChJd?! Thus, in summary, the inflatable air bag/biadder and valve system ofmy invention., when installed inside o fan bftlatabie boat or raft, allows tor the repair of air leakage or punctures in a simple and efficient manner. After the initial Installation, if a puncture or leak occur at any later date, this system allows for a replacement bag/bladder to he subsequently reinstalled whenever needed, it Is easily retrofitted to any type of previous valve system used by different manufacturers of boat, rafts or articles, with little to no modification needed to install or retrofit into said leaking boat, mil, or inflatable article. With Ibis new valve system and aft! amble bag/bladder installed, each of the separate air chambers can lie easily repaired by the end user at a later date, when an air leak or puncture are found: through normal use rithe iailaiab!e boat w Ithovt the cost o.r time necessr y for a glued on patch to fully cure,

PARTS LIST

1) Mlatabl© Boat

2) Original Equipment Valves installed in Boat 1 or Inflatable Device 2A) An embodiment of valve system of this invention

Replaceable Inner Bag/Bladder

41 Original Holl/Quter Flexible Hull Material

5) Typical Divider/Bafile inside tubes to separate inner Ϊ sections

6} Halkey/Robetta Type Air Valve Adapter

7} Hole in H/E adapter 6 to attach Lanyard Line for loss prevention 8) Achilles Type Air Valve Adapter

Hole in Ach adapter S to attach Lanyard/Line for loss prevention

Other Adapter 11) Washer Flange which screws/attaches to Inflatable Boat 1 with

12) Tool

i 31 Cap

14) Hole in Cap 13 to allow attachment of line or lanyar for loss prevention

15) Shaped Elastomer Washer

16) Main Body Umbrella Valve

17) Umbrella Valve

IS) Lower Body

19) Elastomer Was her

20) Thumb Screw

21 ) Perforated Packaging Tube

2) Rigid Air Valve

3) Air Valve Ca

4) Main Body Air Valve

5) Elastomer Washer

27) Bump on Rigid Air Valve to allow to lock in Open Position

8) Ultrasonic Weld Initiator to allow either Main Body 16 or 24 to attach to either Lower Body 18 or 29.

29) Another embodiment of Lower Body to allow an ultrasonic weld to either Main Bod 16 or 24, and also an ultrasonic weld to Bag/Bladder 3

30) Adhesive as alternative to Packaging Tube 21 In V K’VC of the foregoing, it should be d ar that nume ous changes and variations cars be made without exceeding the scope of the inventive concept outlined.

Accordingly, it is to he understood that the embodiment(s) of the invention herein described is/are merely illustrative ofthe application of the principles of the invention. Reference herein to details of the illustrated embodiment^) is not. intended to limit the scope of the claims, which recite those features regarded as essential to the Invention,