April 24, 2019 3 min read
1. Open the boat bag and unroll the boat. Making sure the ground is flat will help with assembling your boat.
2. Partially inflate all chambers around 15% to 20%. There should be just enough air in the chambers to get a rough shape of the boat. Start at the bow chamber and work your way aft towards the transom, alternating sides.
(Note: Some photos show the boat mostly inflated, we did that for the photos. The more inflated your boat is at this stage, the harder it is to set up.)
3. Next, we will open the floor bag and install the floor. When installing the floorboards, try to ensure that each floor has equal spacing on each side between the board and the boat tubes. Also, try to line up the outer edge of each floorboard to each other by making sure the joints line up evenly.
a) Start by installing the floor at the back (stern) marked #4 on the Classic 350 / 390 and #5 on the Classic 430 / 470.
b) Install the bow board and make sure the board tucks under the tubes. You will verify the alignment in the next step.
c) The next board that attaches to the bow board is #1. Install it and verify there is equal distance between the edges of the board and boat tubes.
d) Continue installing floorboards until you get to the last board to be installed. Verify proper alignments as you go.
e) When installing this board attach it on the bow side of the boat. Then lift up both boards on the stern side (#3 and #4 on the Classic 350/390 and #4 and #5 on the Classic 430/470) to make a tipi. Slowly push the tipi down making sure value covers and attachments are out of the way and the edges of the board are aligned.
4. Install the floorboard runners, widest side down. Try to make half of the runner on either side of the floorboards. There is no runner for the bow board, only the fully aluminum boards. (Tip: Where the edge of the runners meet there are added wear patches. The ends of the runners will sit near the middle of these patches.)
5. Install the seats and any other accessories.
6. Now you are ready to fully inflate the boat. (Safety Tip: The reason we do the inflation sequence below is that there are bladders between each chamber and an over inflation valve at the bow. We want the bladders to have leeway to push any extra air pressure forward to the bow's over inflation valve.)
a) Start at the bow of the boat working backwards alternating the chambers on each side of the boat as you go. Stopping as the wrinkles in the boat fabric start to disappear.
b) Fully inflate the aft chambers to proper pressure of 3.2 psi (22 kpa). Alternate sides and working your way to the bow of the bat. Once you inflate the tubes along the side of the boat then fully inflate the bow tube last.
c) Your last step is to inflate the keel chamber to 3.6 psi (25 kpa).
7. Install your outboard motor and get out on the water!
Hope this helps! Let us know if you have any questions.