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Title:
MARINE VEHICLE ACCESSORY HOLDER ASSEMBLY
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/173489
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
Provided is a article holder assembly as shown and described. The article holder assembly may include at least one engaging member. The at least one engaging member may comprise an elongated body member, an extending arm member selectively engageable with the elongated body member, a linkage mechanism, and a locking mechanism. The linkage mechanism may allow the elongated body member and the extending arm member to be selectively attachable and wedgingly engageable therebetween. The locking member may selectively attach the elongated body member and the extending arm member with the linkage mechanism. In one embodiment, the marine vehicle accessory holder assembly may further include a gripping surface or a surface coating. In another embodiment, the marine vehicle accessory holder assembly may further include a strap member.

Inventors:
ANDERSON, Derek (9959 Bell Rd, Newbury Twp, Ohio, 44065, US)
Application Number:
US2019/020974
Publication Date:
September 12, 2019
Filing Date:
March 06, 2019
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
HORIZON GLOBAL AMERICAS INC. (47912 Halyard Drive, Suite 100Plymouth, Michigan, 48170, US)
International Classes:
B60R9/048; B60P3/10; B60R9/04; B60R9/08; E05D1/06; F16B2/10; F16B2/12
Domestic Patent References:
WO2005033524A12005-04-14
Foreign References:
US5334354A1994-08-02
US5806735A1998-09-15
GB1239509A1971-07-14
US20130007985A12013-01-10
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
MASTERSON, Mark J. (McDonald Hopkins LLC, 600 Superior Ave. Suite 210, Cleveland Ohio, 44114, US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. An article holder assembly comprising:

at least one engaging member, the at least one engaging member comprising: an elongated body member;

an extending arm member selectively engageable with the elongated body member;

a linkage mechanism allowing the elongated body member and the extending arm member to be selectively attachable and form an interconnected hinge; and

a locking member selectively attachable the elongated body member and the extending arm member wherein said locking member is configured to be rotated to position the elongated body member and the extending arm member between an open position and a closed position.

2. The article holder assembly of claim 1, wherein the elongated body member comprises:

a base portion;

an engaging portion extending from the base portion;

a linkage portion extending from the base portion opposite from the engaging portion; and

a mounting portion extending from the linkage portion.

3. The article holder assembly of claim 2, wherein the extending arm member comprises:

a body portion; and

an extending arm engaging portion extending from the body portion.

4. The article holder assembly of claim 3, wherein the engaging member is configured to receive an elongated article in the open position and support the elongated article between the engaging portion and the extending arm engaging portion when the engaging member is in the closed position.

5. The article holder assembly of claim 1, wherein said linkage mechanism includes a protruded member and a linkage opening, wherein the protruded member is configured to be positioned in the linkage opening.

6. The article holder assembly of claim 5, wherein said protruded member extends from the body portion of the extending arm member and the linkage opening is positioned along the linkage portion of the elongated body member, wherein the protruded member and the linkage opening are shaped such that the linkage opening is generally complementary relative to the shape of the protruded member wherein the protruded member is snuggly insertable within the linkage opening to form the cooperative interconnected hinge.

7. The article holder assembly of claim 6, wherein at least one groove is formed along the side of the linkage portion and at least one prong extends along a common plane from the body portion wherein the at least one groove is configured to cooperatively receive the at least one prong as the linkage opening receives the protruded member to form the cooperative interconnected hinge.

8. The article holder assembly of claim 1, wherein the engaging member further includes a gripping surface.

9. The article holder assembly of claim 1 , wherein the engaging member further includes a surface coating.

10. The article holder assembly of claim 1, wherein the article holder assembly is attached to a marine vehicle storage system to support an elongated article associated with a marine vehicle.

11. The article holder assembly of claim 10, wherein the elongated article is a paddle and the marine vehicle is a kayak.

12. The article holder assembly of claim 10, wherein the marine vehicle storage system is configured to be placed on a roof rack of a vehicle.

Description:
TITLE

MARINE VEHICLE ACCESSORY HOLDER ASSEMBLY

CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] This application claims priority to and the benefit of U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 62/638,996 filed on March 6, 2018 titled,“MARINE VEHICLE ACCESSORY HOLDER ASSEMBLY” which is incorporated by reference in its entirety.

TECHNICAL FIELD

[0002] The present invention is generally related to a holder assembly and, more particularly, to a marine vehicle accessory holder assembly selectively attached to a storage and transportation system for a vehicle that may assist with storing or transporting an elongated accessory.

BACKGROUND

[0003] Marine vehicles such as kayaks or canoes utilize accessory such as a paddle having an elongated configuration to steer or propel the marine vehicle when in use. However, transporting and storing both the marine vehicle and the associated accessory has been a challenge especially when users desire to transport such marine vehicles along a roof of their car, SUV, or truck. Such marine vehicles and associate accessories may require differently sized holders and/or brackets for different type of marine vehicle products. Moreover, accessories having an elongated orientation generally, such as for example a paddle, may not fit or may not be desired to fit within the associated vehicles which typically require a separate system for transportation.

[0004] One drawback with known accessory holders is that they are typically accessory-specific or may be usable with different accessories having the same dimensions. Further still, in cases where a marine vehicle accessory is stored separately from a marine vehicle, it may result in loss or damage to the vehicle, marine vehicle, or accessories themselves.

[0005] Provided is a more easily accessible and secure accessory holder assembly that is configured to secure an elongated article along with a marine vehicle to a vehicle for storage or transport. Also provided is an accessory holder incorporating a foldable mounting bracket that securely maintains such articles in a predetermined position that may be visible on a roof rack or a wall. Further, provided is a wall mount holding assembly for an elongated article that is easily accessible.

SUMMARY

[0006] Provided is a marine vehicle accessory holder as shown and described. The article holder assembly comprising at least one engaging member, the at least one engaging member comprising an elongated body member, an extending arm member selectively engageable with the elongated body member; and a linkage mechanism allowing the elongated body member and the extending arm member to be selectively attachable and form an interconnected hinge. A locking member selectively attachable to the elongated body member and the extending arm member wherein said locking member is configured to be actuated to position the elongated body member and the extending arm member between an open position and a closed position. The elongated body member comprises a base portion, an engaging portion extending from the base portion, a linkage portion extending from the base portion opposite from the engaging portion, and a mounting portion extending from the linkage portion. The extending arm member comprises a body portion and an extending arm engaging portion extending from the body portion. The engaging member is configured to receive an elongated article in the open position and support the elongated article between the engaging portion and the extending arm engaging portion when the engaging member is in the closed position. Said linkage mechanism includes a protruded member and a linkage opening, wherein the protruded member is configured to be positioned in the linkage opening. Said protruded member may extend from the body portion of the extending arm member and the linkage opening is positioned along the linkage portion of the elongated body member, wherein the protruded member and the linkage opening are shaped such that the linkage opening is generally complementary relative to the shape of the protruded member wherein the protruded member is snuggly insertable within the linkage opening to form a cooperative interconnected hinge. At least one groove may be formed along the side of the linkage portion and at least one prong extends along a common plane from the body portion wherein the at least one groove is configured to cooperatively receive the at least one prong as the linkage opening receives the protruded member to form the cooperative interconnected hinge. The engaging member further includes a gripping surface. The engaging member further includes a surface coating. The article holder assembly may be attached to a marine vehicle storage system to support an elongated article associated with a marine vehicle. The elongated article may be a paddle and the marine vehicle may be a kayak. The marine vehicle storage system may be configured to be placed on a roof rack of a vehicle.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0007] Operation of the present teachings may be better understood by reference to the detailed description taken in connection with the following illustrations. These appended drawings form part of this specification, and written information in the drawings should be treated as part of this disclosure. In the drawings:

[0008] FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an embodiment of an article holder assembly attached to a marine vehicle storage system holding a paddle and a kayak on a roof of a vehicle;

[0009] FIG. 2 is a perspective view of an embodiment of the article holder assembly attached to the marine vehicle storage system holding a paddle and a kayak on a vehicle roof rack;

[0010] FIG. 3 is a perspective view of an embodiment of the article holder assembly in an expanded position;

[0011] FIG. 4 is an exploded view of the embodiment of FIG. 3;

[0012] FIG. 5A is a side view of the embodiment of FIG. 3 in a slightly expanded position having an elongated article therein;

[0013] FIG. 5B is another side view of embodiment of FIG. 3 in a tightened position having an elongated article therein;

[0014] FIG. 6 is a perspective view of one embodiment of the an article holder assembly exploded relative to a marine vehicle storage system; and

[0015] FIG. 7A is a perspective view of an embodiment of the article holder assembly exploded relative to a marine vehicle storage system; and

[0016] FIG. 7B is a perspective view of an embodiment of the article holder assembly exploded relative to a marine vehicle storage system.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0017] Reference will now be made in detail to exemplary embodiments of the present teachings, examples of which are illustrated in the accompanying drawings. It is to be understood that other embodiments may be utilized and structural and functional changes may be made without departing from the respective scope of the present teachings. As such, the following description is presented by way of illustration only and should not limit in any way the various alternatives and modifications that may be made to the illustrated embodiments and still be within the spirit and scope of the present teachings.

[0018] As used herein, the words“example” and“exemplary” mean an instance, or illustration. The words“example” or“exemplary” do not indicate a key or preferred aspect or embodiment. The word“or” is intended to be inclusive rather an exclusive, unless context suggests otherwise. As an example, the phrase“A employs B or C,” includes any inclusive permutation (e.g., A employs B; A employs C; or A employs both B and C). As another matter, the articles“a” and“an” are generally intended to mean“one or more” unless context suggest otherwise.

[0019] It is noted that the various embodiments described herein may include other components and/or functionality, such those from other described embodiments herein. It is further noted that while various embodiments refer to an article accessory holder or an elongated article accessory holder, various other apparatus may be utilized in view of embodiments described herein. Further, the described assembly may include a variety of components, not limited to the components discussed below. Optionally, the presently described assembly may include multiple units of the same components. In an embodiment, the assembly may include just the elongated article accessory holder described herein. Further, the assembly may include components of the elongated article holder as well as a vehicle accessory storage system such as a roof rack mounted maritime vehicle storage system to create a combination of each feature of the various apparatus. [0020] FIGS. 1 through 7B illustrate embodiments of an article holder assembly 100, a portion of which is shown in FIG. 1 and described herein. The article holder assembly 100 may be configured to selectively receive and store an elongated article such as a paddle that may be used with a kayak or boat. The article holder assembly 100 may be attached to a marine vehicle storage system 50 such as a kayak holder or may be used with any appropriate vehicle storage system. By way of a non-limiting example, the article holder assembly 100 may be selectively attached to a marine vehicle storage system 50 that may be mounted on a roof rack cross bar 60 of a vehicle 70. In some embodiments, the article holder assembly 100 may be configured to selectively attach to a surface, such as a wall, without having to reconfigure the article holder assembly 100.

[0021] As shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, the article holder assembly 100 may be a marine vehicle accessory holder assembly that comprises any number of engaging members 110, including, without limitation the pair of engaging members 110. The pair of engaging members 110 may be substantially similar to one another; however, the present teachings contemplate any appropriate number of engaging members 110, including, without limitation, one, three, four, etc. In some embodiments, the pair of engaging members 110 may of a different configuration. The engaging members 110 may be structured to hold an elongated article 80 (such as a paddle) in a storage position when the paddle is attached, as described in more detail below. The articles 80 contemplated to be attachable to the article holder assembly 100 may be elongated articles such as paddles for kayaks, canoes, paddle boards or skis, fishing poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks or other elongated articles such as tools, rakes, nets or items that may be desirable to transport or store along a vehicle or wall. [0022] As illustrated in FIG. 3, the article holder assembly 100 (or more particularly, each of the engaging members 110) may include an elongated body member 120, an extending arm member 130, and a locking member 140. The elongated body member 120 may includes a base portion 150, an engaging portion 160, a linkage portion 170, and a mounting portion 180. The extending arm member 130 may also include an extending arm body portion 190 and an extending arm engaging portion 200. As will be described in detail below, the elongated body member 120 may be selectively attached with the extending arm member 130 by the locking member 140. The elongated body member 120 and the extending arm member 130 may be engageable with the marine vehicle accessories 50 such that it may selectively receive and hold the elongated article 100 in a storage position.

[0023] The elongated body member 120 and the extending arm member 130 may be constructed to securely support the weight of the elongated article 80. The elongated body member 120 and the extending arm member 130 may be made of any appropriate materials such as, steel, iron, chrome, aluminum, sheet metal or other alloy, or polymer to generally provide structural stability to the assembly. In one embodiment, the elongated body member 120 and the extending arm member 130 may include a generally rectangular shape with a width and a length. However, the elongated body member 120 and the extending arm member 130 may include different configurations than the generally rectangular shape, which is merely exemplary. The elongated body member 120 and the extending arm member 130 may each be formed as a monolithic unit or may be attached through a subsequent operation. More particularly, the term“monolithic” may mean that the base portion 150, engaging portion 160, linkage portion 170, and mounting portion 180 of the elongated body member 120 may have a generally continuous formation and that the body portion 190 and extending arm engaging portion 200 of the extending arm member 130 may have a generally continuous formation. By way of a non-limiting example, the elongated body member 120 and the extending arm member 130 may be formed by stamping or extruding, which may create a generally smooth, reinforced structure.

[0024] With respect to FIG. 4, the base portion 150 of the elongated body member 120 may include top and bottom sides 151, 152 along a z-axis. The engaging portion 160 may extend along the z-axis from the top side 151 of the base portion 150. The engaging portion 160 may include a generally curved engagement shape 162 for selectively receiving and securely holding the elongated article 80 in a predetermined position, i.e., a storage position. The engaging portion 160 may be of any appropriate shape or size, such as having a generally rectangular, square, or the like shape. By way of a non-limiting example, the engaging portion 160 may be formed by stamping or extruding, which may create a generally smooth, reinforced structure. In some embodiments, the engaging portion 160 may be arcuate. The engaging portion 160 may further include a receiving portion 164 that extends outwardly from an edge of the engaging portion 160 with a generally obtuse angle. The receiving portion 164 may assist to provide a smooth engagement when the elongated article 80 is received or inserted into the engaging members 110.

[0025] The linkage portion 170 of the elongated body member 120 may be angled or bent forwardly relative to the base portion 150 and have an angle that extends diagonally from the bottom side 152 of the base portion 150. The linkage portion 170 may include an angle such that the mounting portion 180 may be offset from the base portion 150 along the z-axis, such as in a generally S-shape or in a generally parallel configuration between the mounting portion 180 and base portion 150. In some embodiments, the linkage portion 170 may be arcuate.

[0026] The mounting portion 180 may bent rearwardly and extend along the z-axis from the linkage portion 170. The mounting portion 180 may be selectively or fixedly attached to the marine vehicle storage system 50. In some embodiments, the mounting portion 180 may also be selectively mounted and/or securely attached to a surface, such as a wall, without having to reconfigure the article holder assembly 100.

[0027] The extending arm body portion 190 of the extending arm member 130 in this embodiment may include a generally rectangular shape with a width and a length. However, the extending arm body portion 190 may include different configurations than a generally rectangular shape. The extending arm engaging portion 200 may extend along the z-axis from an arm body top side 191 of the extending arm body portion 190. Although the extending arm body portion 190 and the extending arm engaging portion 200 are shown as two portions of the extending arm member 130, it will be readily understood by those skilled in the art that the extending arm member 130 may be formed as a monolithic unit or may be attached through a subsequent operation. By way of a non-limiting example, the extending arm member 130 may be formed by stamping or extruding, which may create a generally smooth, reinforced structure. Any appropriate number of the extending arm member 130 may be utilized without departing from the present teachings.

[0028] The extending arm engaging portion 200 of the extending arm member 130 may be used to securely maintain the article 80 in a predetermined storage position. The extending arm engaging portion 200 may include a generally curved arm engagement shape 202 for securely the elongated article 80. The extending arm engaging portion 200 may be of any appropriate shape or size, such as having a generally rectangular, square, or the like shape, and may be sized. By way of a non- limiting example, the extending arm engaging portion 200 may be formed by stamping or extruding, which may create a generally smooth, reinforced structure. In some embodiments, the extending arm engaging portion 200 may be arcuate. The engaging portion 200 may further include an arm receiving portion 204 that extends outwardly from an edge of the engaging portion 200 with a generally obtuse angle. The receiving portion 204 may assist to provide a smooth engagement when the elongated article 80 is received or inserted into the engaging members 110.

[0029] The elongated body member 120 may be coupled to the extending arm member 130 by a linkage mechanism 210. The linkage mechanism 210 may include a protruded member 212 and a linkage opening 214. In one embodiment, the protruded member 212 may be positioned in the extending arm body portion 190 of the extending arm member 130. The linkage opening 214 may be positioned in the linkage portion 170 of the elongated body member 120. In another embodiment, the protruded member 212 may be positioned in the linkage portion 170 and the linkage opening 214 may be positioned in the extending arm body portion 190. The protruded member 212 and the linkage opening 214 may be shaped to compatibly mate, e.g., they may be shaped such that the linkage opening 214 receive the protruded member 212 therein. The linkage opening 214 may be generally complementary relative to the shape of the protruded member 212 wherein the protruded member 212 is snuggly inserted or friction fit within the linkage opening 214. In various embodiments, the linkage opening 214 may include a generally cooperating square or rectangular shape that cooperates to form a male-female connection between the linkage opening 214 and protruded member 212. Alternatively or in addition, the protruded member 212 and linkage opening 214 may further include a generally curved shape. Further, grooves 216 maybe formed along the sides of the linkage portion 170 and prongs 218 may extend along a common plane from the body portion 190 wherein the grooves 216 may be configured to cooperatively receive the prongs 218 as the linkage opening 214 receive the protruded member 212 to create a cooperative interconnected hinge that allows for the elongated body member 120 to be biased relative to the extending arm member 130.

[0030] In the embodiments described and illustrated, the linkage mechanism 210 allows the extending arm member 130 to be selectively attached to the elongated body member 120 such that the linkage mechanism 210 of the elongated body member 120 may be capable of being wedgingly engaged therebetween as shown in FIG. 3. The locking member 140 may be selectively engageable or fixedly engageable with the elongated body member 120 to tighten the extending arm member 130 to the elongated body member 120. The locking member 140 may permit the extending arm member 130 to be securely attached to an elongated body member 120 of different sizes and may account for any potential manufacturing tolerance issues with the elongated body member 120. The present teachings, however, are not limited to a particular securing mechanism and any appropriate securing mechanism may be used without departing from the present teachings.

[0031] The locking member 140 may include a locking fastener 141, a locking knob 142, and a locking nut 144. The locking member 140 further includes a plurality of washers 146 and a biasing member 147. The locking knob 142 may be securely attached with the locking fastener 141 an may make gripping easier for the user. The locking fastener l4land the locking nut 144 may be any appropriate fasteners, not just that shown and described herein. Once the base portion 150 and the extending arm body portion 190 are appropriately aligned such that the protruded member 212 is positioned within the linkage opening 214, the locking member 140 may be tightened until the base portion 150 and the extending arm body portion 190 are biased towards one anther to receive and store an elongated article 80 between the generally curved engagement shape 162 of the engaging portion 160 and generally curved arm engagement shape 202 of the extending arm engaging portion 200. The locking member 140 may apply sufficient force to generally hold the base portion 150 and the extending arm body portion 190 together.

[0032] The plurality of washers 146 and the biasing member 147 may be appropriately shaped and sized such that the locking fastener 141 may pass therethrough. This may permit the locking fastener 141 and the locking nut 144 to clampingly engage the base portion 150 and the extending arm body portion 190 together and to create sufficient clamping force such that the eloanged article 80 may be secured to the engaging members 110.

[0033] The biasing member 147 may provide a basing force such that the engaging portion 160 and the extending arm engaging portion 200 of the engaging member 110 may maintain an open configuration. In some embodiments, the locking nut 144 may be threaded on to the extending arm body portion 190, such as for example a threaded tap or a threaded insert, to engage the base portion 150 and the extending arm body portion 190 together.

[0034] The locking knob 142 may further have a grip 143. The grip 143 may be another sleeve selectively engageable with the locking knob 142. The grip 143 may be a knurled pattern disposed on the locking knob 142. Alternatively, the grip 143 may be of any configuration that assists the user to grasp the locking knob 142. By way of a non-limiting example, the grip 143 may include bumps, grooves, slots, raised surfaces or depressed surfaces that assist the user in gripping the locking knob 142. Further, the grip 143 may be of any appropriate shape or size, such as having a generally tubular, square, rectangular, or the like shape. The grip 143 may be manufactured of any appropriate material such as an elastomeric material or a combination of elastomeric material and metal or a hard rubber or plastic.

[0035] By way of a non-limiting example, the grip 143 may also be a solid shell with a texture and/or a color. The grip 143 may be made of a weather, ultra violet (UV) and/or shatter resistant polymer such as ABS and polycarbonate. The grip 143 may have a gripping surface 145 thereon having an ornamental shape made with precision molding contours thereon. These shapes may help the user grip the driving sleeve. The gripping surface 145 of the grip 143 may be externally facing to allow a user to grasp the grip 143 and rotate the fastener relative to the locking member 140. The gripping surface 145 may be made by over-molding including insert molding, double shot molding, co-injection molding as well as hot stamping for a decorative finish and sonic welding for attachment of various features. However, the grip 143 may be made of any appropriate materials and colors and this disclosure is not limited in this regard.

[0036] Referring to FIG. 4, the elongated body member 120 and extending arm member 130 may include a body engaging aperture 154 and an arm engaging aperture 194, respectively, formed therethrough. The apertures 154, 194 may be shaped and sized to accept the locking fastener 141 of the locking member 140. The body engaging aperture 154 and the arm engaging aperture 194 may be positioned such that they may generally align with the locking fastener 141 when the elongated body member 120 and extending arm member 130 are coupled together. When the protruded member 212 has been inserted into the linkage openings 214 of the linkage portion 170, the locking member 140 may be inserted into the apertures 154, 194. The locking member 140 may prevent the extending arm member 130 from pulling off of the elongated body member 120 during use. The locking member 140 may be captured with the elongated body member 120 to prevent it from inadvertently coming out of the elongated body member 120 when not in use.

[0037] By way of a non-limiting example, as shown in FIGS. 5A and 5B, a locking mechanism 148 may be formed upon the engagement of the engaging portion 160 and the extending arm engaging portion 200 of an appropriate shape and size with the elongated articel 80 that are of a generally circular cross-sectional shape. Alternatively, the engaging portion 160 and the extending arm engaging portion 200 may be of a shape and/or configuration to grip and hold the elongated article 80 or other device of any appropriate shape, e.g., oval, square, rectangular, etc. In a particular embodiment shown in this disclosure, the locking mechanism 148 may include the engaging portion 160 and the extending arm engaging portion 200 that may be each angled, bent or dog-leg shaped. Although, the present teachings are not limited to this configuration. Further, the locking mechanism 148 may be of an appropriate shape and size to secure the marine vehicle accessory 80 to any appropriately shaped and sized combination of the engaging portion 160 and the extending arm engaging portion 200, not just the shape shown, including, without limitation, generally square, triangular, or oval shapes or any combination of such. The locking mechanism 148 may be secure enough to be able to withstand repetitive and high-impact forces including, without limitation, high strength plastics or rubber.

[0038] As shown in FIGS. 6 and 7A-7B, the engaging member 110 may be selectively or fixedly attached to the marine vehicle storage system 50. The mounting portion 180 of the engaging members 110 may include at least one mounting aperture 182. The at least one mounting aperture 182 may be positioned in the mounting portion 180 such that the engaging member 110 may be selectively attached to the marine vehicle storage system 50 in various conventional manners such as for example by a mounting fastener 184 and a mounting nut 186. The at least one mounting aperture 182 may be shaped and sized to accept the mounting fastener 184 and the mounting nut 186. The mounting fastener 184 may be selectively engageable or fixedly engageable with the marine vehicle storage system 50 to tighten the mounting portion 180 to the marine vehicle storage system 50. The mounting fastener 184 and the mounting nut 186 may permit the mounting portion 180 to be securely attached to the marine vehicle storage system 50 of different sizes and may account for any potential manufacturing tolerance issues with the mounting portion 180. The present teachings, however, are not limited to a particular securing mechanism and any appropriate securing mechanism may be used without departing from the present teachings.

[0039] The mounting fastener 184 may further include a detent mounting member 188 (not shown) and a mounting structure securely mounting the engaging member 110 to the marine vehicle storage system 50. The detent mounting member 188 may be a detachable spring-biased pin incorporating, for example, a ball, which is movable from an unlocking position to a locking position that may be inserted into a mating hole, slot or ridge in the blocking element.

[0040] The elongated body member 120 and the extending arm member 130 may further include an accessory protector 220. The accessory protector 220 may be a sleeve securely fixed to the elongated body member 120 and the extending arm member 130. The accessory protector 220 may provide protection to the elongated article 80 from getting scratched when being operatively positioned on the article holder assembly 100. The accessory protector 220 may be of any appropriate shape or size, such as having a generally tubular, square, rectangular, or the like shape, and may be sized. The accessory protector 220 may be manufactured of any appropriate material such as metal and/or elastomeric material. The accessory protector 220 may also increase the friction between the marine vehicle accessory 80 and the article holder assembly 100 when attached. This further may prevent unwanted movement of the marine vehicle accessory 80.

[0041] The elongated body member 120 and the extending arm member 130 may further include a surface coating 230. The surface coating 230 may be securely attached to the elongated body member 120 and the extending arm member 130. By way of a non-limiting example, the surface coating 230 may be a solid shell with a texture and/or a color. The surface coating 230 may be made of a weather, ultra violet (UV) and/or shatter resistant polymer such as ABS and polycarbonate and/or with IP- 67 rating.

[0042] The engaging member 110 may further include a strap member (not shown) that may be used to selectively engage the elongated article 80 with the loading surface, such as the elongated body member 120. By way of a non-limiting example, a safety chain, rope, bungee cord, strap or the like may selectively engage the elongated article 80. This may generally prevent the elongated article 80 from being inadvertently moved from the article holder assembly 100.

[0043] While a single engaging member 110 is described above, the remaining engaging members 110 may be structured generally in the same manner. Further, while one side of the engaging member 110 is described in detail above, the opposing side may have generally identical structure, i.e., the two sides may be generally symmetrically identical.

[0044] Although the embodiments of the present invention have been illustrated in the accompanying drawings and described in the foregoing detailed description, it is to be understood that the present invention is not to be limited to just the embodiments disclosed, but that the invention described herein is capable of numerous rearrangements, modifications and substitutions without departing from the scope of the claims hereafter. The claims as follows are intended to include all modifications and alterations insofar as they come within the scope of the claims or the equivalent thereof.