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Setting up a Swellfish Foldable Inflatable Boat is easy. Below is how we teach people how to set up and inflate their boats. Along with these steps we give you tips and tricks to make the setup just that much easier!
If you have other tips or tricks, please let us know! We are always looking to share our knowledge, and to get everyone outside and enjoying themselves!
Start by installing the floor at the stern - as in the back of the boat.
(On the Classic 350 / 390 it will be marked as #4. On the Classic 430 / 470 it is marked #5)
Install the bow board and make sure the board tucks under the tubes.
(You will verify the alignment in the next step.)
The next board that attaches to the bow board is #1. Install it and verify there is an equal distance between the edges of the board and boat tubes.
Continue installing floorboards until you get to the last board to be installed.
(Verify proper alignments as you go.)
When installing the last board, attach it to the bow side of the boat. Move to the other side of the board, and lift on up both boards to make a tipi.
Slowly push the tipi down until all the boards are flat.
(Make sure value covers have been inserted and everything else is out of the way.)
Start at the bow of the boat working backward alternating the chambers on each side of the boat as you go. Stopping as the wrinkles in the boat fabric start to disappear.
Starting at the aft chambers, fully inflate them to the proper pressure of 3.6 psi (25 kpa). Alternate sides and work your way to the bow of the boat.
Pro-Tip #1: The last chamber to inflate fully is always the one with the over-inflation valve.
Pro-Tip #2:When topping off your boat's air pressure, always start at the bow chamber (with the inflation valve)
Safety Tip:This procedure ensures that any over inflation that may occur, can be released through the bow.
At the front of the boat, in the center of the black bow board, there is a hole with the keel valve in it. Your last step is to inflate your keel chamber to 3.6 psi (25 kpa).