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1. (WO2017039742) MULTIFUNCTION THRUSTER ASSEMBLY FOR WATERCRAFT

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/039742    International Application No.:    PCT/US2016/000053
Publication Date: Fri Mar 10 00:59:59 CET 2017 International Filing Date: Tue Jun 28 01:59:59 CEST 2016
IPC: B63G 8/22
B63G 8/16
B63G 8/08
B63B 13/00
B63B 13/02
B63H 23/24
B63H 5/14
Applicants: OCEAN AERO, INC.
AYOTTE, Thomas, M.
CLIFTON, Scott, M.
TODTER, Chris, G.
TODTER, Michael, M.
Inventors: AYOTTE, Thomas, M.
CLIFTON, Scott, M.
TODTER, Chris, G.
TODTER, Michael, M.
Title: MULTIFUNCTION THRUSTER ASSEMBLY FOR WATERCRAFT
Abstract:
A thruster assembly that in addition to propulsion provides water flow to/from compartments and systems on board a vessel. In a first position, the thruster assembly provides propulsion/steering. Pivoted to a second position, operation of the thruster in a first direction draws a flow into the vessel and in a second direction draws a flow out of the vessel. The flows may be conveyed to/from compartments/systems on board the vessel via conduits in communication with a chamber having an opening through which the thruster drives the flows. The flows may be used to submerge/surface the vessel, or to provide systems cooling or serve other functions. Pivoted to a third position the thruster assembly is retracted and enclosed within the chamber to form a hydrodynamically clean exterior.