DEVICE FOR SECURING A LINE gitudinally along the device. The wedge forming means
is constructed for receiving and holding a line in a substantially frictionless manner. The basic concept is to
There are many different types of lines which need to have the line become more tightly engaged with the
be secured. Such lines may take several forms such as a 5 securing device in response to any load pulling on the
rope composed of twisted cords, a chain, cable con- line.
structions, turnbuckles and the like which need to be Another feature of this invention is to incorporate a
secured when a load is applied. double locking mechanism wherein at least one pair of
The use of various types of fastening devices on arcuate hook portions extends in a direction toward the
trucks is well known as evidenced by U.S. Pat. No. i;ne ioad The hook portions are laterally displaced
3,572,755. There the fastening device is mounted on with respect t0 each other and are turned downwardiy
the outside of the box of a pickup truck and used as a and away from the direction of the load. The hook por
device for securing a line that is holding material in the tions indude a„ outboard surface and an inboard sur.
truck box. It is also well known to use camper modules j j face
that are constructed to fit in the box of a pickup truck. The double ,ockj mechanism is used in conjunc.
A chain or a line with a turnbuckle at its end is ... ,. . , . „ . , , .
„ , , ,. , . . .... tion with a line such as a rope which is first placed in
generally used to hold the camper m place within the ., , c , , c J c
f . _f , „ ,. * , j x x, the wedge forming means. The load-free section of the
truck. One end of the line is attached to the camper .. . ° , . ° ,, ,,,,,, , ^,
, , , , -.. .. , , / line is wrapped forwardly around the device toward the
module and the other end of the line is attached to a w , , , , , , , ,
fastening device of some type. It is desired to have a load and then transversely between the hook portions
clamping device that is very easy to use with various and adJacent the lnboard surfaces thereof- That ls-the
types of loads which might be carried in the truck. lnboard surfaces extend downwardly by an amount ef
There are many other types of fastening devices Active to receive the load-free section of the rope where it is desired to hold a line such as a rope. Such 25 between the inboard surface and the loaded section of
situations exist where a watercraft is moored to a dock, the line which extends from the wedge forming means
or a line on a boat is to be secured at one end when a to the load. In this way, the loaded line section pulls
load is placed thereon. Most prior art securing means against the load-free line section which is disposed
for this type of use might easily be worked loose such as transversely of the laterally displaced hook portions, when a boat is moored at a dock and the boat is riding 30 Consequently, the line is pulling against itself and
up and down on the constantly moving water. Such a therefore is being more tightly engaged with the wedge
device in the prior art is shown in U.S. Pat. No. forming means. This configuration eliminates the
3,398,714. necessity for tying the free end of the rope. Numerous
PURPOSE OF THE INVENTION 35 advanta8es are associated with such a configuration
and the securing device of the invention may be used in The primary object of this invention is to provide a a multiple number of circumstances, device for securing various types of lines.
Another object of the invention is to provide a secur- BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS
ing device for a line such as a rope which eliminates the 4Q other objects of this invention will appear in the folnecessity for tying the load-free end of the line. lowi degcription and appended claims, reference
A further object of this invention » to prov.de a bd made tQ the accom a in drawi formi .
securing device which may be used in many different . ftU -e u • ri c i.
A. 6 .i. r . ■ J- i- !_• L. part of the specification wherein like reference charac
si nations necessitating the fastening of a line on which degi £ correSp0nding parts in the several views,
a load is placed. 4S °. r.. : . , . . .
A .'li t ^t. * t.L' • • * -j FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a device made in ac
A still further object of this invention is to provide a , .....
, . J, ... ,. , r , . cordance with this invention;
securing device used with a line such as a rope wherein - . . I.. , Ct-,^ .
a double locking mechanism is incorporated J \,S a t0P Plan v,ew °;the dev'cue °\ FIG- \ m„
A further object of this invention is to provide a FIG- 3 18 a s,de elevat'°nal view of the device of FIG. securing device which may be used for mooring on a 50'
vessel or a dock, or both, which eliminates the necessi- FIG'4 18 an end Vlew from the wide side of the wed8e
ty for tying knots each time a vessel is moored or cast f°TMnng means of the device of FIG. 1;
off FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the device of FIG. 1
Another object of the invention is to provide a secur- shown used with a line composed of twisted cords; ing device which may be used with a rope, a chain or 55 FIG. 6 is a fragmentary top plan view of the device of the end bolt of a turnbuckle. FIG. 1 shown used with a chain;
FIG. 7 is a perspective view of FIG. 1 shown used SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION with aline composed of links of chain;
The securing device of this invention includes a pair FIG. 8 is a side elevational view of the device of FIG. of opposing line engaging surfaces between which the 60 I with one side of the device removed and shown used line may be wedged when a load is placed or directed with the end bolt in a turnbuckle; therealong. The line engaging surfaces have mutually FIG. 9 is a perspective view of another embodiment cooperating surfaces which constitute the wedge form- made in accordance with this invention; ing means. One feature of this invention is the incor- fi5 FIG. 10 is a side elevational view of the device of poration of a line guiding means in the structural con- FIG. 8;
figuration to cause the line to move into the wedge FIG. 11 is a top plan view of the device of FIG. 8; and forming means when the line is draped or dragged Ion- FIG. 12 is an end view of the device of FIG. 8.