Winnebago Industries has patented a pontoon boat design with shock absorbers at connection points, double-webbed beams, and two-stage lifting strakes. This innovation aims to enhance stability and performance on the water. GlobalData’s report on Winnebago Industries gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Winnebago Industries, Safe seating was a key innovation area identified from patents. Winnebago Industries's grant share as of January 2024 was 89%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Pontoon boat with shock absorbers and double-webbed beams

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Winnebago Industries Inc

The granted patent (Publication Number: US11845516B2) describes a pontoon boat design with a unique shock absorber system to enhance stability and comfort. The pontoon boat includes multiple pontoons, cross members, and shock absorbers strategically placed to minimize vibrations and impacts while on the water. The shock absorbers are positioned between the cross members and pontoons to absorb shocks and vibrations effectively.

Furthermore, the pontoon boat design also incorporates a rear frame extending beyond the pontoons, with a deck placed on it for additional space and functionality. This rear frame, along with the deck, provides extra stability and support, extending the usable area of the boat. The shock absorbers are also integrated into the rear frame connections to ensure a smooth and comfortable ride for passengers. Overall, the patented pontoon boat design offers improved stability, reduced impact from waves, and enhanced comfort for users, making it a promising innovation in the marine industry.

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