Collapsible flotation device having back support

  • US 8,066,540 B2
  • Filed: 05/27/2010
  • Issued: 11/29/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/21/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An apparatus, comprising:

  • a panel including an inner portion and an outer portion disposed about at least a portion of the inner portion of the panel, the inner portion of the panel having a first edge and a second edge on an opposite side of the inner portion of the panel from the first edge, a distance between the first edge of the inner portion of the panel and the second edge of the inner portion of the panel defining a width of the inner portion of the panel, the inner portion of the panel being formed with a first flexible material, the outer portion of the panel being formed with a second flexible material different than the first flexible material;

    a back support member coupled to at least part of the inner portion of the panel; and

    a buoyant member disposed about at least a portion of the outer portion of the panel, the buoyant member having a first portion and a second portion, the first portion of the buoyant member and the second portion of the buoyant member being disposed at opposite locations of the inner portion of the panel, the inner portion of the panel extending continuously between the first portion of the buoyant member and the second portion of the buoyant member without an intervening buoyant member,the buoyant member having an outermost width that substantially defines an outermost width of the apparatus, the apparatus being configured to support a user in a seated position.

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