Adjustable steering column

  • US 6,276,291 B1
  • Filed: 07/24/2000
  • Issued: 08/21/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/04/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. In a personal watercraft, the improvement comprising:

  • an adjustable steering assembly comprising;

    (i) a steering column base portion;

    (ii) an adjustable steering column portion having a manually engageable steering input structure constructed and arranged to be moved in a steering manner by an operator seated on said personal watercraft, said adjustable steering column portion being movably mounted to said steering column base portion (a) for generally vertical adjusting movements through a range of operating positions relative to said steering column base portion and (b) such that movement of steering input structure by an operator affects steering movement of said steering column base portion; and

    (iii) an adjustment mechanism operatively connected to said adjustable steering column portion, said adjustment mechanism being constructed and arranged (a) to be operated so as to adjustably move said adjustable steering column portion to a selected operating position within said range of operating positions and (b) to thereafter fix said adjustable steering column at said selected operating position thereof.

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