Sonar mount

  • US 8,094,520 B2
  • Filed: 09/17/2010
  • Issued: 01/10/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/18/2009
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A tiltable mount, comprising:

  • a base having an attachment mechanism for securing said mount to a vehicle surface;

    a clamp mechanism, secured to said base;

    a cross tube, coupled to said clamp mechanism, wherein said clamp mechanism comprises a mechanism that is operable to release said cross tube to establish any of a selected Z direction and pitch adjustment, and said clamp mechanism is operable to secure said cross tube to maintain said Z direction and/or pitch established adjustment during operation of said mount;

    a Z tube, coupled substantially perpendicular to an axis of said cross tube at an end of said cross tube;

    an equipment mount positioned at at least one end of said Z tube;

    a Z tube coupling mechanism for effecting said coupling of said Z tube to said cross tube, wherein said Z tube coupling mechanism is operable to release said Z tube to establish any of a selected Z direction and yaw adjustment, and said Z tube coupling mechanism is operable to secure said Z tube to maintain said established Z direction and/or yaw adjustment during operation of said mount; and

    a tilt mechanism associated with said clamp mechanism that is operable to release said cross tube for rotation about said cross tube axis to effect tilting of equipment mounted to said equipment mount, said tilt mechanism further comprising a lock mechanism that is operable to secure said cross tube at a selected position;

    wherein said clamp mechanism maintains said established cross tube Z direction and/or pitch adjustment relative to said tilt mechanism during operation thereof.

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