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Feb. 20, 1962
3,021,917
E. L. HOLT
WATER SKI AND TOW LINE STORAGE RACK AND
BOAT BOARDING LADDER
Filed Dec. 5, 1960
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Patented Feb. 20, 1362
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3,021,917
WATER SKI AND TOW LKNE STORAGE RACK
AND BOAT BQARD‘ING LADDER
Edwin L. Hoit, 6714 Girard Ave. 5.,
Minneapoiis 23, Minn.
Filed Dec. 5, 1966, Ser. No. 73,732
5 Claims. (Cl. 182-95)
The present invention has relation to boating equip
17 has a provided hole that is ?tted over a boss, 16 that
is integral with one of the brackets 11, 11.
An L
shaped bolt 14, removably engages each of the brackets
11 and extends through the corresponding rail 17 of ?rst
section 12. A wing nut 15 is threadably mounted on bolt
14 and serves to retain the ?rst section 12 on the brackets.
The bosses 16, 16 prevent the ?rst section from moving
upwardly to disengage bolts 14 from the brackets or from
twisting or slipping when under load. A ladder rung 21
ment and more particularly to a device that may be folded 1O is ?xedly attached adjacent the downwardly extending
to position to store water skis and tow line and also
end portions of the rails 17, i7 and extends therebetween.
may be positioned to permit it to be used as a boat board
A second section 22 of foldable rack 13» is constituted
ing ladder, for example, when the skis and line are in
use.
as a U~shaped portion having substantially parallel rails
23, 23 that are each pivotally attached, as at 219, adjacent
Water skis are inherently awkward and di?icult to 15 a lower end of rails 17, 17 of ?rst section 12 and on the
carry in a boat and often are accidentally dropped or
outside of ?rst section 12. A cross member 24 extends
knocked overboard. The tow line also becomes snarled
between rails 23, 23 and ?xedly joins them together. A
and tangled when it is stored in the bottom of a boat.
second ladder rung 25 is ?xedly attached between rails
During periods when the boat is not used the skiing
23, 23 of second section 22 approximately midway be
equipment must be stored where it is safe from theft, 20 tween cross member 24 and the pivotal connection 24).
thereby creating another storage problem.
A clip 26 is positioned at each end of rung 25 and has a
The present invention discloses a device that will safely
leg extending substantially parallel with legs 23 and in
store water skis and tow line out of the way on the boat
when the skis are not in use. After a water skier has
direction toward cross member 24. An o?set bracket 27
The unit is safe, strong, light weight and low cost.
ber 24 and each has an upstanding ?nger 31, 31. Fingers
The compact design and multiple usage makes the device
a practical aid in preventing loss or damage to water
31, 31 cooperate with cross member 24 to form a rack on
which a tow line 32 may be coiled. A rigid handle 29
attached to tow line 32 may be positioned parallel to and
rest on the cross member 24 of second section 22 when
the section is folded upwardly. The line may then be
is rotatably attached to each of legs 23, 23 and has a leg
been towed by the boat and wishes to board the boat 25 extending toward cross member 24 spaced from and sub~
the device may be readily moved to position to form a
stantially parallel to rails 23, 23. Bracket 27 is pivoted
boat boarding ladder for the skier. When the device
on the same bolt that holds rung 25 and clip 26 to the
is being used as a boarding ladder a lower rung thereof
rails 23. Brackets 27, 27 are positioned on the opposite
is in the water to permit easy use by a person boarding
side of legs 23, 23 from rung 25. A stop car 28 on each
the boat. The ladder can quickly be pivoted up out of
of brackets 27 engages its respective leg 23 and holds the
the water to its original position when the boat is under
bracket with a ski supporting surface thereof substantially
power. The device is also very quickly removed from
parallel to the. rung 25 and is positioned to allow the
provided brackets that are ?xedly attached to the boat
bracket to pivot so a tab portion 4t? will clear the ?rst
and is a handy rack for keeping the skis and line together
section 12 of the ladder.
when they are stored indoors or transported from place 35
A pair of clamp brackets 30, 3b are ?xedly attached
to place.
to rails 23, 23 of second section 22 adjacent cross mem
skis or line as well as a portabie rack for neat and orderly
storage.
It is an object of the present invention to present a
device that may be removably attached to the side of a
coiled around the rack formed by the ?ngers 31, 31 and
boat and serve as a foldable boat boarding ladder, as a
cross member 24. The coiled line will form an enclosure
to keep the handle retained in position on the rung. The
45 loose end of the line may then be looped around an inter
or as a storage rack for water skiing equipment.
In the drawings,
mediate portion of the line coil and the cross member
FIG. 1 is a front elevational view of a device made ac
and secured in any desired manner.
cording to the present invention shown installed on a
Each of brackets 31? has a threaded ear 33 extending at
self storing rack for the folded sections of the ladder,
boat with the device in position for storing water skis
substantially right angles to its adjacent leg through which
and a tow line and for transporting the ladder clear of 60 a screw 34 is threadably mounted. A ski retaining bracket
the surface of the water;
35 is rotatably mounted with respect to each of screws
PEG.‘ 2 is a top plan view of the device in PEG. 1;
34, 34 and is slidably mounted on one of rails 23 and is
FIG. 3 is a front elevational view of the device of
substantially perpendicular to the plane of the ladder.
FIG. 1 with the device in position to be used as a boat
Each of ski retaining brackets 35, 35 has two notches 36,
55
boarding ladder;
36 open away from cross member 24. One of the notches
FIG. 4 is an end elevational view of the device of
3'6 aligns with rung 25 and the other notch 36 aligns
FIG. 3;
FIG. 5 is a sectional view taken as on lines 5—5 in
FIG. 1;
with the otfset portion of bracket 27.
Second portion 22 of the rack 13 may be folded up
wardly toward ?rst section 12 as seen in FIGS. 1 and 2
FIG. 6 is a sectional view taken as on line 6-6 in 60 and retained in this position by an inwardly extending
FIG. 1; and
tab portion 40 of the offset bracket 27 that engages a
portion of the ?rst section 12. This is best illustrated in
device of FIG. 1 showing a method for holding the device
FIG. 7. First section 12 of the rack is of dimension to
in a folded position.
rest between the rails 23, 23 of the second section. The
65
Referring to the drawings and numerals of reference
brackets 27, 27 then hold the ?rst section 12 snugly be
thereon, a boat 10 has two ?xedly attached brackets 11,
tween the rails 23 of the second section and against rung
11 that serve to support a ?rst section 12 of a support
25. With the rack in this folded position, a water ski
rack 13. First section 12 is constituted as a U-shaped
37 may be positioned on brackets 27, 27 and will engage
piece having two substantially parallel rails 17, 17 and
one of notches 36 of each of retaining brackets 35. A
a top cross-member 18. First section 12 is made of tube 70 second ski 37 may be positioned on the rung 25 and will
having a square cross-section and each of the rails 17,
engageva second of the notches 36 of each of the ski re
FIG. 7 is a fragmentary rear elevational view of the
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taining brackets. The screws 34 may be individually ad
justed to clamp down onto the skis and hold them snugly
a water ski retaining bracket ?xedly attached with respect
port the second section sufficiently without the reinforc
being movable from a ?rst position substantially aligned
with and extending downwardly from said ?rst section
to said second section, a clamp slidably mounted with
respect to said ski retaining ‘bracket, and threadable means
in position. The tow line 32 then may be coiled around
for moving said clamp to position to cooperate with said
the line rack as previously described to be held neatly out
of the way. As illustrated in FIGS. 3 and 4 the second in retaining bracket to retain water skis placed therebetween.
3. A combination boat boarding ladder and storage
section of the rack may be rotated downwardly to position
rack including a ?rst ladder section having substantially
so that rails 23, 23 are substantially vertically aligned
parallel side rails and at least one rung extending there
with rails 17, 17 of the ?rst section and the rack will
between, means for removably fastening said ?rst section
thereby form a boarding ladder with the cross member 24
of second secton 22 being below the water surface and 10 with respect to said boat, a second ladder section having
substantially parallel side rails and at least one rung ex
acting as the bottom ladder rung and the cross member 13
tending between said rails, said side rails of said second
of ?rst section 12 acting as a top rung of the ladder. A
section being pivotally fastened adjacent a ?rst end there
reinforcing strip 41 attached to the boat is shown holding
of to said side rails of said ?rst ladder section at a point
second section 22 in spaced relationship with the side of
above the water line of said boat, said second section
the boat. However, the brackets 11, 11 will ordinarily sup
ing strip 41.
7
When the rack is folded as shown in FIGS. 1 and 2
with the skis and tow line in place, the entire unit may be
with the rung of said second section below the water line
of said boat to a second position wherein said second sec
removed from the boat by merely loosening the wing
tion is substantially coplanar with and overlying said ?rst
nuts 15 sumciently so that each of the rails 17 of ?rst
section 12 may be moved to clear its respective boss 16
section to form a storage rack, releasable means for hold
ing said second section in said second position, a water
attached to one of said side rails of said ?rst section at a
contiguous to and extending outwardly from said second
ski receiving bracket ?xedly attached with respect to each
and the portion of L-shaped bolts 14 in brackets 11 may
of said rails of said second section, a threaded bracket ?x
then be slid upward to clear the bracket. The folded
unit may then be carried or stored where desired. The 25 edly attached with respect to a second end portion of each
of said rails of said second section, a screw threadably
skis will be held securely and may then be stored together
mounted with respect to each of said threaded brackets,
with the tow line and will be ready for use at all times.
and a clamp rotatably mounted with respect to each of
When fastened to the boat, the rack holds the skis and
said screws, each of said clamps being positioned to be
line out of the way of the passengers and prevents loss and
movable toward said ski receiving brackets and each being
damage to the skis from accidentally losing them over
of con?guration to cooperate with one of said receiving
board. In addition, the boat passengers will not trip or
brackets to hold water skis.
'
stumble over skis that are lying on the floor of the boat
4. A combination boat boarding ladder and storage
or on the seat. The added safety from this storage will
rack including a ?rst U-shaped ladder section having sub
increase boating pleasure.
stantially parallel side rails and a top cross member,
What is claimed is:
means for removably fastening said ?rst section to said
1. A combination boat boarding ladder and line stor
boat to have a ?rst side of said ?rst section facing said
age rack including a ?rst ladder section having side rails
boat and a second side thereof facing away from said
and at least one rung ?xedly attached between said rails,
boat, a ?rst rung ?xedly attached between said side rails
means for removably fastening said ?rst section to a boat,
of said ?rst section adjacent a bottom end thereof and
a second ladder section having side rails each pivotally
point above the water line of said boat, said second sec‘
tion having at least one rung ?xedly attached between
said side rails, said second section being movable from a
?rst position wherein said rung of said second section
extends below the water line of said boat to a second
position wherein said rails of said second section are sub
stantially parallel to the rails of said ?rst section and
extend upwardly from said pivot point, releasable means
for retaining said second section in said second position,
side of said ?rst section, a second U-shaped ladder sec
tion having substantially parallel side rails and a cross
member extending between said rails each of said side
rails of said second section pivotally attached at a point
above the water line of the boat to one of said side rails
of said ?rst U-shaped section adjacent the bottom end of
said ?rst U-shaped section, said second section being mov
able from ‘a ?rst position wherein said second section ex
tends downwardly from said ?rst section with the cross
member of said second section below the water line of
said boat to a second position wherein said cross member
of said second section is above and overlying said ?rst
section, a second rung ?xedly attached with respect to an
intermediate portion of the rails of said second section and
and a ?nger ?xedly attached with respect to each of said
rails of said second section and extending upwardly from
said second section when said second section is in said
second position, said tow line being coiled around said
?ngers to encompass said cross member of said second 55 positioned to be substantially parallel to, spaced from and
section, said cross member of said second section, said
substantially overlying said ?rst rung when said second sec
?ngers and interior portions of said tow line de?ning an
tion is in said second position, a pair of clips each ?xedly
upwardly open handle receiving enclosure, and said rigid
attached adjacent an end of said second rung, said clips
tow line handle being attached to said tow line at one end
extending toward the cross member of said second section
thereof and positioned within said enclosure.
60 and substantially parallel to and spaced from said rails of
2. A combination boat boarding ladder and storage
said second section, an offset bracket pivotally attached
rack including a ?rst ladder section having substantially
to each of said rails of said second section on a side op
parallel side rails and at least one rung joining said rails,
posite from said second rung, each of said offset brackets
means for removably fastening said ?rst section to a boat,
being of con?guration to engage a portion of said ?rst
a second ladder section having substantially parallel side 65 ection to hold said second section in said second position
rails and at least one rung extending between said rails,
and being pivotable to position to clear said ?rst section,
each of said rails of said second section being pivotally
said offset brackets and said clips each constituting a ski
mounted to one of said rails of said ?rst section at a point
receiving bracket open toward said cross member of said
above the water line of said boat, said second section
second section, a clamp slidably positioned with respect
being movable from a ?rst position wherein said rung of 70 to each of said rails of said second section, said clamps
said second section is situated below the water line of
each having two ski retaining notches, each of said
notches being substantially aligned with one of said ski
said boat to a second position wherein said second section
extends upwardly and is substantially coplanar with and
receiving brackets, and means for threadably mounting
overlying said ?rst section to form aistorage rack, means
said clamps with respect to said rails of said second sec
for retaining said second section in said second position, 75 tion.
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5. A combination boat boarding ladder and storage
rack including a ?rst U-shaped ladder section having sub
stantially parallel side rails and a top cross member,
means for removably fastening said ?rst section to said
side opposite from said second rung, each of said offset
brackets being of con?guration to engage a portion of
end position and being pivotab-le to position to clear said
‘boat to have a ?rst side of said ?rst section facing said
boat and a second side thereof facing away from said
?rst section, said o?set brackets and said clips each con
stituting a ski receiving bracket open toward said cross
said ?rst section to hold said second section in ‘said sec
boat, a ?rst rung ?xedly attached between said side rails
member of said second section, a clamp slidably positioned
of said ?rst section adjacent a bottom end thereof and
with respect to each of said rails of said second section,
contiguous to and extending outwardly from said second
said clamps each having two ski retaining notches, each
side of said ?rst section, a second U-shaped ladder sec 10 of said notches ‘being substantially aligned with one of
tion having substantially parallel side rails and a cross
said ski receiving brackets, means for threadably mount
member extending between said rails each of said side
' ing said clamps with respect to said rails of said second
rails of said second section pivotally attached at a point
section, and a ?nger ?xedly attached with respect to each
above the water line of the boat to one of said side rails
of said rails of said second section and extending up
of said ?rst U-shaped section adjacent the bottom end of 15 wardly from said second section when said second section
said ?rst U-shaped section, said second section being mov
is in said second position, said tow line being coiled
able from a ?rst position wherein said second section ex
tends downwardly from said ?rst section with the cross
member of said second section below the ‘water line of
said boat to a second position wherein said cross member 20
around said ?ngers to encompass said cross member of
said second section, said cross member of said second sec
tion, said ?ngers and interior portions of said tow line
de?ning an upwardly open handle receiving enclosure,
of said second section is above and overlying said ?rst
and said rigid tow line handle being attached to said tow
section, a second rung ?xedly attached with respect to an
line at one end thereof and positioned within said en
intermediate portion of the rails of said second section
closure.
and positioned to be substantially parallel to, spaced from
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
and substantially overlying said ?rst rung when said sec 25
ond section is in said section position, a pair of clips each
UNITED STATES PATENTS
?xedly attached adjacent an end of said second rung, said
599,666
Thornton, et a1. _______ __ Feb. 22, 1898
clips extending toward the cross member of said second
1,068,890
Gohlke ______________ __ July 29, 1913
section and substantially parallel to and spaced from said
1,103,008
Cory _________________ __ July 7, 1914
rails of said second section, an offset bracket pivotally at 30 2,364,521
Fairfax ______________ __ Dec. 5, 1944
tached to each of said rails of said second section on a
u.
2,536,966
Teller ________________ __ Jan. 2, 1951
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