Polaris Files Patent for a hybrid personal watercraft that combines pontoon and deck boats’ features in a cost-effective and versatile package. The watercraft includes port and starboard sponsors, which combine a pair of outboard flotation cavities. A space below the deck and above the hull bottom creates at least one and potentially up to three additional flotation cavities, which may also be used as storage areas accessible by an access door in the bow of the watercraft and/or a set of hatches in the deck. The watercraft may be efficiently produced and assembled from polymer materials, such as thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO).
- A personal watercraft comprising: a hull bottom having a fore portion and an aft portion; a port sponson and a starboard sponson each fixed to the hull bottom and extending from the fore portion to the aft portion; a deck fixed to the port sponson and the starboard sponson, the deck spaced above the hull bottom, the deck extending from the fore portion to the aft portion such that the hull bottom, the port sponson, the starboard sponson and the deck cooperating to define a flotation cavity; and a port longitudinal stringer and a starboard longitudinal stringer each fixed to the hull bottom and the deck and positioned within the flotation cavity, the port longitudinal stringer and the starboard longitudinal stringer each extending longitudinally from the fore portion to the aft portion.
- The personal watercraft of claim 1, further comprising: a plurality of lateral stringers each having a first end fixed to one of the port sponson and the starboard sponson, and a second end fixed to one of the port longitudinal stringer and the starboard longitudinal stringer.
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