User Manual - Inflatable ( General)
Inflatable Kayak Manual - General
WARNINGS & CAUTIONS
STOP! READ THIS OWNER’S MANUAL CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THE PRODUCT!
It is the owner’s responsibility to read the user’s manual and instruct all users in the safe operation of this product. This Owner’s Manual is intended to alert you to some of the potentially dangerous conditions that can arise in the use of this product.
Use of this product and participation in the sport involves INHERENT RISKS of SERIOUS INJURY or DEATH. User ASSUMES ALL RISK of injury or death.
• ALWAYS wear a properly fitted and Australian Standards Approved / EU/ USCG approved Life Jacket or Personal Flotation Device (PFD) as required in area of use.
• NEVER use while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
• NEVER leave children unattended. ONLY use under competent adult supervision. Not intended for use by children under 5 years of age.
• NEVER place wrists or feet through handles.
• NEVER swim under this product.
• NEVER dive from this product.
• NEVER exceed the manufacturer’s recommended number of users for this product.
• NEVER add any hardware or other attachments not otherwise supplied by the manufacturer.
• This product is not a personal flotation device.
• ALWAYS read User’s Manual before use.
This user’s Manual is intended to alert you to some of the potentially dangerous conditions that can arise in the use of this product. Other, unforeseen risks may exist, so always use caution and common sense. Please contact the dealer or manufacturer of this product if you have any questions about proper assembly, operation, or safe use of this product.
• Always read this user’s manual carefully before use and follow the instructions.
• This item provides no protection against drowning.
• Always be aware of potential dangers in the surrounding environment.
• Always take all reasonable precautions in using this product and instruct all users about safe guidelines prior to use.
• Always inflate each air chamber to the specified working pressure before use. Over-inflation can cause damage. Under-inflation can cause injury due to instability.
• Never exceed the maximum weight or user capacity stated for this product.
• Always evenly distribute weight from users or gear to prevent possible capsize.
• Never use at night, in low-light, or in other adverse weather or environmental conditions.
Prolonged exposure to salt water can damage and/or shorten the expected lifetime of this product. The marine environment includes many damaging elements including corrosion, abrasion, and damage from marine life such as barnacles. Regular cleaning and rinsing with fresh water will reduce these risks. A PVC-safe anti-fouling paint can be used to help protect this product against marine growth. Damage caused by exposure to salt water is not covered by warranty.
Air Pump - Use an air pump recommended for inflating your product; a high-volume hand pump is common. Other frequently used options are high-volume electrical pumps operating on either 12v (car battery) or AC mains power (120v or 230v) depending on available power sources. Air compressors designed for high-pressure inflation are not recommended because they can easily lead to over-inflation.
Valve(s) – This product uses Halkey Roberts – type (HR) and Twist-Lock valves. HR valve attaches to product using a threaded backing plate, making it easily replaceable in the
unlikely event of damage. Access valve by twisting cap counterclockwise.
Pull to remove – cap is attached to valve by lanyard. To close, place cap over
valve, twist clockwise to secure. Note: cap is the secondary air seal.
To inflate, an air pump with Halkey Roberts – type (HR) valve fitting is required. Insert fitting firmly into valve and twist clockwise to lock in place.
Valve Operation: To operate Halkey Roberts – type (HR) valve, press plunger and turn 90 degrees to set valve for inflate and use (plunger out = 1-way airflow). Press plunger and turn 90 degrees to deflate (plunger in = 2-way airflow). Note: valve is primary air seal. After inflation, close with cap for secondary seal.
Seats use Twist-Lock valves for easy inflation and control. To open, locate hose-end fitting valve and twist counterclockwise. Inflate using pump with Boston or HR fitting (over valve), or Stem fitting (into valve). Close by twisting blue hose-end fitting clockwise.
Proper Working Pressure for each chamber is listed below. Do not overfill or underfill. Excessive pressure can cause damage to the product and may void the warranty. Do not use without adequate air pressure. Product can become unstable if underfilled and may not support indicated capacity. Use a pressure gauge (manometer) to carefully monitor air pressure in the
product especially during hot or cool periods.
Chart 1 – Working Pressure by Chamber - Guide only
Valve [Inflate Order]
Working Presssure in psi (Bar)
Adjust as needed
1. Locate a flat, dry area near the water. The best setup position will also make launching easy. Never drag product as damage may occur.
2. Unfold product completely and locate Side Tube Valves . To help future storage, closely note original folding & packaging method. Remove each valve cap and confirm valve is in inflate (1-way airflow) position. See HR valve operation,
3. Insert air pump hose with proper valve fitting into either Side Tube Valve . Use pump to inflate side tube to Working Pressure as shown in Chart 1. Check for proper pressure using gauge (manometer). Repeat this step to inflate and check the other Side Tube Valve . Replace valve caps.
4. Repeat step 3 instructions to inflate Floor  to proper Working Pressure shown in Chart 1. Chelan incorporates a high-pressure dropstitch floor for ultimate performance. While it is possible to operate vessel confidently with floor at as little as 4.0psi, inflate to full working pressure for peak performance.
5. Inflate Seat  cushion to desired firmness and secure by closing Twist-Lock valve. ProFormance seat cushion can be adjusted as needed. Back strain can be eased by releasing or adding small amounts of pressure. Fully or partially inflated seat cushion is usually most comfortable, however, center of gravity can be lowered by releasing air from cushion during unstable conditions. See Twist-Lock valve operation,
6. Position seat in cockpit according to desired use. For solo paddler, seat should be positioned just approximately center . Attach seat hooks to seat rings on side tubes (forward of the seat) and adjust tension. Backrest should position users in comfortable, but upright position. Move seat cushion and adjust backrest to alter legroom or boat trim.
7. There are 4 -8 circular floor drains positioned on sides of cockpit and rear. In most cases it is best to confirm drains are closed before setting out. For normal drainage, set boat on incline with stern lowest. Remove drain cap in rear of cockpit and allow water to drain astern. Lift bow to assist drainage if necessary.
This product can be used in self-bailing mode. In this case, all cockpit drains should remain open. Some water will enter boat in self-bailing mode but will not accumulate.
8. Install fin. This product uses a US-style fin and box with thumb-screw and tab. No tools are required for installation.
a. Roll boat over to expose the bottom. Fin box is positioned near stern (rear). First, remove the thumb screw and flat tab (rectangular nut) from fin.
b. Reconnect tab and thumb screw loosely – just a turn and a half.
c. Use thumb screw to insert flat tab into opening in finbox and slide tab as far forward as possible. Unscrew thumb screw leaving flat tab in place at front of finbox.
d. Fin has a horizontal pin toward the rear. Starting with this pin, insert fin into opening in finbox and slide backward until front of fin can be pressed into box.
e. Align hole in fin with hole in flat tab and insert thumb screw. Tighten to secure. See Step 3. f. Reverse steps to remove fin.
10. To launch kayak, lift product completely and place in water. This may require more than one person. Never drag product as damage may occur.
These inflatable kayaks are for use in sheltered inshore coastal or inland waterways.
Competence: The operation of any vessel is a serious responsibility. Each operator must be competent to control the kayak including ensuring the safety of his/ her vessel and its crew. If this is your first vessel, or if you are unfamiliar with the craft, consider the risks and make certain you have enough experience to handle and operate this product in the intended conditions. Your dealer, local experts, and clubs can all be useful sources of information regarding local conditions, training and/or competent use of this product.
Capacity: Both shape and weight affect the stability of your kayak. Shape is determined by the manufacturer and cannot be changed. Added weight of equipment and crew is controlled by the user and must always be less than the maximum weight capacity stated in this manual and in cockpit.
Trim: Placement of added weight can influence performance of the craft and may adversely affect stability of the vessel. Place heavy objects as close as possible to the centerline of the craft. Added weight of equipment and crew should be positioned such that the kayak remains level in the water, both fore & aft, and side to side. In two-person kayaks, it is typical for the heavier paddler to sit in the rear.
Maintain Working Pressure: Air pressure is temperature dependent. Always confirm proper working pressure before use. Be aware that changing temperatures can cause critical over or under-inflation. Leaving the product in the sun may quickly affect the internal pressure causing permanent damage. If you must leave the product, find a shady area, release some air, and leave product upside down to minimize thermal over-inflation.
If product shows signs of instability or pressure loss, discontinue use until product is returned to working pressure and/or repairs made.
PADDLING AND USE
Paddling - First Steps:
1. Place product in the water in an area protected from wind and boat traffic. Boarding conditions will vary by site but if uncertain, board in shallow water with solid footing and a stable handhold to make entry easier. If a solid handhold is not available, brace paddle across cockpit in front of user while boarding and sitting. Always step into the center of the boat and stay low to avoid tipping.
2. Consider prevailing conditions such as wind, waves, tides, currents and other environmental factors in planning route. Always be aware of weather and tide/ current changes that may affect return to safety.
3. Maintain a safe distance from sharp rocks, docks, boats, exposed or submerged trees, muscles, barnacles and any other item that may cause damage to this product. Although this product is extremely durable, avoid contact with sharp objects that may cut or puncture hull.
Transportation: One of the best features of high-quality inflatable kayaks is that they are extremely portable. When packed into original storage bag this product fits easily into a closet for storage and the back of most cars for transport.
Inflated kayaks can be transported on roof racks with adequate straps including bow and stern lines.
Monitor sun exposure – be careful not to exceed working pressure.
Proper cleaning, maintenance, and storage is essential to help prolong the life of your product. Do not use petroleum-based cleaners on this product. Improper use of a pressure washer can damage or destroy the product.
Basic Cleaning: Always rinse product thoroughly with fresh water after use in salt water or any water containing large amount of sediment or algae. This helps prevent buildup of dirt particles which can accelerate wear. For deeper cleaning, use soft bristly brush or sponge with mild soap and fresh water.
Difficult Cleaning: For heavy stains, marine growth, algae, mold, dirt and oils use a non-caustic cleaning product like Simple Green or citrus-based cleaner after checking to confirm compatibility.
UV Protectant: This product is made with UV inhibitors and UV-resistant materials. However, long- term exposure to sunlight will reduce product life and can damage the product. Regularly apply a UV protectant to exposed surfaces to help ensure the life of your product. Duratex kayaks require a UV protectant specifically designed for PVC. Find more information on professional-grade UV protectants from your distributor, or on our website, Aquaglide.com.
Replacement parts: Items like bladders, valves, PRV’s, straps, handles, rings and other accessories can occasionally wear out and need replacement to maintain the full function of your product.
Clean, Protect, Dry: Clean product and consider applying UV protectant before storage. UV protectant conditions the material and will help protect against dirt accumulation during storage. Confirm product is completely dry before folding.
Deflate & Fold: Deflate product completely. Consider using pump in ‘deflate’ mode to remove air. Leave valves open to vent trapped air during folding. Fold deflated product in similar manner to original packaging. If uncertain, fold side tubes inward lengthwise, then flat roll from front to back - toward the valves. Remove seats and footrests from hull for tighter packing. Place in original storage bag.
Storage: Store the product out of direct sunlight and protect from environment in a clean, dry location such as a sealed closet, crate or container to prevent against rodent damage. Never store in a damp location or at temperatures below 40 F (4 C).
Despite the durability of this product, occasionally accidents happen. This product includes a repair kit with some matching repair materials to help. If you should need additional repair materials or advice, check with your distributor for guidance.
This product is made using Duratex (fabric reinforced PVC). Inflate bladder fully and swab with Windex or soapy water and a sponge to locate leak.
Self-Adhesive TPU Patch (i.e. Tear-Aid – Type B - NOT included) – Ideal for emergencies.
1. With the leak located, cut Tear-Aid - Type B patch using sharp scissors. Round the corners slightly (approximately ¼" radius). The patch should cover 1" (2.5cm) outside the leak area in all directions.
2. Peel back the paper backing to expose a section of adhesive. Align the patch and apply pressure to stick in place. Peel back the remaining paper backing material. Avoid trapping air bubbles under the patch. Rub firmly from the center toward the outer edges of the patch, making sure to press all sections firmly in place.
Fabric Reinforced PVC with Glue (included) – Ideal for Duratex tubes, dropstitch floors, or lower hull repairs.
1. Deflate the product. Arrange the work surface so that the repair area is most accessible.
2. Cut matching PVC patch material to size using sharp scissors or razor knife. Round the corners slightly (approximately ¼" radius). The patch should cover 1" (2.5cm) outside the leak area in all directions.
3. Clean with solvent a little beyond the gluing area. Also clean the back of the patch material.
4. Use sandpaper to rough up the surface to be patched and the back of the patch material.
5. Clean with solvent again to quickly remove sanding residue from gluing area and the back of the patch.
6. Dry fit the patch and use pencil or china marker to outline where it will be located.
7. Use a small disposable brush (or HH-66 applicator brush) to apply a thin, even layer of glue to the repair area. Cover completely, but glue only within the outline.
8. Apply glue to the to the back of the patch making sure to cover the area completely.
9. Allow glue to cure briefly (30 - 60 seconds) – just until the surface glazes slightly.
10. Repeat 7-9 to add a second coat of glue in the same way.
11. Align the patch over the repair area using the outline as a guide. Once the 2 surfaces touch, the bond will be immediate, so take care.
12. Carefully apply the patch to the repair area, starting at one corner and working outward.
13. Use very firm pressure to rub the entire patch area and the edges of the patch for at least 1-2
14. Allow to cure for at least 12 hours before inflating.
Repair Kit Contents
4 Applicator Brushes
1 Glue Tube
2 Duratex Patch Material
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RISK AGREEMENT
By assembling and/or using this product, you are agreeing to: (1) Read and understand the terms set forth below and (2) to require anyone using this product to familiarize themselves with such terms.
Assumption of Risk: Use of this product and any of its components involves certain inherent risks, dangers, and hazards which can result in serious personal injury and death. In using the product, you freely agree to assume, acknowledge, and accept any and all known and unknown risks of injury while using this equipment. The risks inherent in the sport can be greatly reduced by abiding by the Warning Guidelines listed in this Owner’s Manual and by using common sense.
Arbitration: In further consideration of the sale to you of this product and any of its components, you hereby agree to submit to binding arbitration any and all claims which you believe you may have against Aquaglide arising from the use of any Aquaglide equipment or products. The arbitration shall be pursuant to the rules of the American Arbitration Association. Arbitration shall be commenced within (1) year from the date on which any alleged claim first arose. Further, the arbitration shall be held in Lynnwood, Washington unless otherwise mutually agreed to by all parties. The arbitration award through the American Arbitration Association may be enforced by any Court of competent jurisdiction.
Entire Agreement: In entering into this Agreement, you are not relying upon any oral or written representations other than what is set forth in this agreement and the Aquaglide Owner’s Manual.
We strive to manufacture our products to the highest quality standards and we proudly stand behind them. Despite our best efforts, occasionally a product may exhibit a manufacturing defect. If you believe your product has a manufacturing defect, please submit a warranty claim before making repairs. Once a warranty claim is submitted our staff will review your submission and deliver a prompt resolution.
Product warranty covers all critical manufacturing defects including general workmanship, seam failures, and material failure due to manufacturing defects.
Warranty term one year from date of purchase.
Paddlesports products under an approved warranty claim may be repaired or replaced, in part or entirely, at the sole discretion of the Mnaufacturer.
What is NOT Covered Under Warranty?
• Normal wear and tear
• Freight damage (freight claim must be filed to cover shipping damage)
• Damage while in storage (freeze or other damage)
• Repairable cuts, punctures, or tears due to external forces
• Damage caused by sharp object when opening boxed product
• Damage caused by dragging product
• Damage caused by exceeding the maximum weight and/ or user capacity
• UV Damage without proper treatment (material breakdown, fading)
• Damage, or failure due to over-inflation including thermal over-inflation from sun exposure
• Vandalism or intended damage
• Product failure due to force majeure, acts of God, or inclement weather
• Improper maintenance and/or cleaning
• Damage caused by animals or plants including marine growth
• Damage caused by chemicals or poor water quality
Warranty Claim Requirements
1. Dated proof of purchase or original invoice, for original owner.
2. High resolution photo or video showing serial number (where relevant).
3. High resolution photo or video showing entire product.
4. High resolution photos or video of defective portion of product. If leaking, show leak with and without soapy water.
Warranty Claim Submission
Contact your local dealer