your new Transom Boat
you for deciding to buy a new Transom Boat. You will get many years of use and
pleasure out of this boat. These boats can be inflated and assembled in about
half an hour, making trips from the car to the water practical without a
trailer. The Transom Boats have several unique features, which make them
solid, reliable boats. The Transom Boats are composed of 1100 denier
inflatable hull with attached transom and several types of floorboard system.
Below is a brief overview of the structure of the boat. Detailed assembly
instructions are on the following pages.
The 1100 Denier Hull Material
1100 denier hull material is a rugged, solid material, which operates with a
4.0-PSI working pressure. This high working pressure gives the Transom
Boats a solid, rugged hull, which allows them to operate with larger
engines and run in rougher conditions.
The Hull Air Compartmentalization
Transom Boats have 3 or more air chambers in the main hull. Some models have
an air chamber in the inflatable keel, and air-deck models have an air chamber
in the air-deck floor. These air chambers are totally separate and ensure
buoyancy in the event of a single chamber failure. The air pressure for main
tubes and inflatable keel is 3.5 to 4.0 PSI
Air Deck drop stitch high-pressure floor.
is important to fully inflate this floor before inflating the keel. With the
hand piston pump inflate the Air Deck drop stitch high-pressure floor to 14
PSI. It is recommended to use a
plastic locking tie raps to secure pump hose to adaptor fittings on both ends
of pump hose.
The One-Way Valve
Transom Boats use the One-Way Valve, a proven design that has been used for 20
years. This simple, rugged one-way valve makes inflation easy. The inner valve
design allows air to flow into the hull but not out, and outer valve cap makes
the seal permanent. The plastic stem on the inner valve allows the boat to be
deflated. Push in and turn to release the air. Make sure the plastic stem is
in the out position for inflation. To work the valve push in yellow stem and
twist ľ turn to lock open or to unlock closed.
Yellow stem popped up is closed and
locked down is open.
Rear Drain Valve
Transom Boats have a rear drain valve to drain water from the inside of the
hull. This has a plug to keep it totally watertight when not in use. To use
the drain valve, remove the plug and gently accelerate to get your boat in a
bow-high attitude. Water will rush to the rear of the boat and drain out the
valve. Replace plug when finished. Another option is to pull the boat up on a
beach or boat ramp and drain on land
Pump can deliver the air pressure needed to fully inflate your boat. To
inflate, insert the blue hose into the fitting one the pump marked
"outlet". We firmly recommend you always carry your foot pump on
board for safety. But for more pressure or easier inflating, you can order our
brand new "hand piston pump" at a little more cost.
Hand Poston Pump
pump is supplied with all boats that come with the Air Deck, Drop stitch
high-pressure floor. The pump pushes air on both the up and down stroke. In
the center of the pump handle there is a place to attach the pump hose. One
side is labeled inflate and the other side is labeled deflate connect the hose
to the fitting side marked inflate. Attach the other end of the hose to middle
Halkey Roberts valve adaptor fitting. This adaptor fitting fits the valves in
is recommended to use a plastic locking tie raps to secure pump hose to
adaptor fittings on both ends of pump hose. This keeps the hose from popping
off the fittings when pumping over 10 PSI.
pump is capable of the 14 PSI needed for the Air Deck Drop Stitch
high-pressure floor. The hull tubes require 3.5 to 4.0 PSI, be careful not to
over inflate the hull or keel tubes using this pump.
Unfold the Hull
a flat space (making sure it is clean and free of sharp objects) and unfold
your boat. Remove the hull from its box and take it out of the boat bag. Take
a special note of how and ware this boat is folded for future reference when
itís time to fold and fit this boat back in the bag. Unroll the hull so it
laid out flat.
Transom Boats can be inflated either with our high-pressure foot pump or with
other Electric pump. The Electric pump can inflate the boats to a moderate
pressure and save a lot of time, but all of these boats will need to be
finished off with the high pressure foot pump. Inflate the three hull chambers
to approximately 10% full in order to make floorboard insertion easier.
: Use only our pumps to inflate your boat. Do not use an air compressor.
Damage to your boat caused by over inflation from an air compressor is not
covered by your warranty.
a. Seward model
a-1. Inflate hull tubes first. Then inflate Air Deck floor to 14 PSI. Be sure
the air deck floor is pressed under transom Lip and into where the hull tubes
connect to the hull floor.
* Make sure that keel valve is located at the center of No.1 board's hole.
a-2. Inflate Keel last
Deflate boat in reverse order.
b. Alaskan And Alaskan Ranger models:
Center Keel and place valve cap in keel valve. Do not inflate keel at
b-1. Place floorboard as follows :
- 5 Floorboards : Bow board, No.1, No.4, and No.2 + No.3.
- 6 Floorboards : Bow board, No.1, 2, 5 and No.3 + No.4.
sure that keel valve is located at the center of No.2 board's hole.
sure to center all floor boards between both hull tubes
sure all floorboards are lined up evenly with one another
sure the transom floorboard is fitted under the transom Lip
b-2. Press down No.2 + No.3 at the same time for 5 floorboards boat and press
down No.3 + No.4 at The same time for 6 floorboards boat to be jointed well
Insert stringers into side edges of floorboards.
easy fitting of stringers, place oar under boat hull
Alaska Rangers slot together all stringers so the stringers are one piece
before they lock into floor boards
: Somewhat hard to assemble at the first time, but after two or three times of
boat, it will be easier
Note : Don't do this with bare feet, and keep your fingers and toes out of the
way so that
you don't get pinched.
rearmost floorboard which has a smooth rear edge and interlocking grooves on
edge. Place the rear most floorboard at the rear of the hull and slide under
Transom lip. Sit in the hull and force the rear most floorboard under the
transom lip with your feet.
Put and flat the air-deck floor in the boat. Especially pay your attention to
insert the edge of air-deck
into between the floor and inside of the tube.
e-2. Place the keel valve fit to the hole of the air-deck floor.
e-3. Firstly, inflate the air-deck floor tightly up to 6psi.
e-4. And inflate the keel until the air-deck floor is straightened out well.
You may need to
step on the air-deck floor to make it straight.
the rear chambers to 90% of their inflated size and with the rope supplied
with your boat lace the seats into the seat holder grommets. Tie a square knot
to secure the seat into the seat holderís mountings.
all hull chambers to 100%, or 4.0-psi. Using our high-pressure pump, this air
pressure will be generated by applying about 130lbs. of force to the foot
pump. For Air deck Drop stitch high pressure Floored models inflate the floor
to 14 PSI using the hand piston pump. For I-Beam floored models inflate the
I-beam floors to 4 PSI. For the model having inflatable keel, the keel should
be the last thing inflated and the first thing deflated. Inflate the keel to
80% of max pressure.
: The model having inflatable keel will plane better when the keel is 80%
ends of the bow rope to the to each of the molded D-Rings located on each side
of your boat near the bow.
proper knot for this is either a figure-8 on the bite or a bowline knot.
the center of the bow rope through the small part of the bow lift handle so
that it flows free. Pull bow rope snug then tie a figure-8 knot ahead of the
bow lift handle so that the bow rope does not slide back through the bow lift
Keel should always be the first air chamber Deflated.
the outer valve caps to expose the yellow plastic stem on the inner valve.
Pressing the yellow stem into release air pressure, and turn it to lock the
valve in the open position. Deflate each hull chamber to 50-75% before
completely deflating any of the air chambers. Remove the floorboards by first
removing the side stringers. Remove and disassemble floorboards next.
: Do not deflate one chamber fully while others are fully inflated. This could
damage the bulkheads of your boat.
optional Seat Bag fits neatly under the wooden seat. Peel off the Velcro flap
on top of the bag and wrap around the wooden seat. Secure the Velcro flap on
the other side of the wooden seat so that the bag rests on the floor below the
optional Bow Bag fits in the bow of your boat and is secured by strings.
maximum rated horsepower for our Transom Boats are:
These two models (480AR & 500AR) are for Long Shaft Motor. (Motor Transom
: If you install a motor larger than the maximum rated horsepower for your
boat, you might have control
and risk serious injury. Never exceed the maximum rated horsepower.
the instruction manual supplied by the outboard motor manufacturer. All
outboards are slightly different, and some require special installation
procedures. Below is a general outline:
Set the motor on tilt and tilt the mounting bracket.
Place the motor in the center of the transom.
Screw the mounting brackets securely to the transom.
If the mounting brackets are not tightly secured to the transom, the motor
could loosen in use or even fall from your boat. Make sure they are tight.
Bolting your motor through the transom is recommended for larger
Bolting an eyebolt through the transom is recommended to have a secure
place to attach a chain, cable or rope to your motor.
you are losing air pressure, and it isn't colder temperatures, check the boat
over for leaks, starting with the valves. The best tool to find leaks is soapy
water in a spray bottle. Windex works very well for this. A
leaking valve is rare, but if you do find a leak we can send you a replacement
valve. We recommend mixing soap and water in a spray bottle. Spray around the
valve. If you see bubbles forming, check your valve seating and base and be
sure the valve insert is screwed tight. If you continue to have problems it's
probably time to order new valves. Replacement of the whole valve can be done
with a simple tool that comes with the replacement valve.
the boat is losing air, and all the valves are good you probably have a small
puncture. Small punctures can be repaired easily and permanently. Spray around
inside and outside of the hull until air bubbles mark the position of the
leak. If you have no luck finding a slow leak with air bubbles, inflate the
boat to maximum air pressure and try to listen to find the leak. If you can
narrow the area down, return with a spray bottle to identify the source of the
leak. Making small repairs. Punctures less than 1/8"in size can be
repaired simply without a patch. Deflate your
then clean and dry area to be repaired. Apply a small drop of glue to cover
the puncture, and let dry 12 hours. If you need to get on the water sooner,
let dry 30 minutes and then inflate the boat, inflating the compartment with
the repair only 3/4 full. This repair might not be permanent so add a drop
again at a late date to make it permanent.
Rips or Tears
Transom Boats come with a repair kit as standard equipment. If you no longer
have your repair kit, you can order a new one from your dealer. Cut a piece of
repair material large enough to overlap the damaged area by approximately
1/2", and round off the edges. Apply our glue to the under side of patch
and around the area to be repaired. Too much glue will interfere with a proper
repair. Allow adhesive to become tacky for 2-4 minutes, and then place patch
on the damaged area. Use a weight to apply 3-5 lbs. of pressure for 12 hours.
After patch has
apply glue around the edges for a complete seal (dry 4 hours).
Large and Difficult Repairs
you have a difficult repair, give our office a call and we will advise you on
the best way to fix your boat.
your Transom Boat
Transom Boats are designed as motorboats, but they can be rowed if the engine
fails. Take some time to practice rowing so you will be prepared in the
unlikely event of an engine failure. The oars are attached to swiveling
oarlocks / oar clasps which allow for easy rowing. Snap the rear section of
the oar out of the oar clasp and use the forward oarlock to help row. You can
also remove the oar from the forward oarlock by unscrewing the black plastic
nut on the oar.
Motoring & Safety
Transom Boats are responsive and quick under power, yet turn and track very
well. All boats have their unique handling characteristics, so take time to
familiarize yourself with how your maneuvers in various conditions. Basic
seamanship is beyond the scope of this owner's manual, but we would like to go
over a few fundamentals. It is your responsibility to be aware of and comply
with all relevant safety regulations. In all water sports you should have
reasonable swimming ability. Although your Transom Boats have been used in
ocean expeditions, we don't recommend using the Transom Boats out of sight of
land. If you are going out in open waters, you should stay reasonably close to
other boats and always carry flares and a good supply of fresh water. A marine
band transceiver and a GPS receiver will provide added security on your
journey. Always respect the sea and the weather, as both can change rapidly
and have surprised even the most seasoned mariner. Always carry enough
Personal Flotation Devices. Not only is it the law, but from our point of
view, it is just plain foolish not to have PFD's for everyone aboard. Always
wear your PFD thatís the only way they will work. Please
use U.S. Coast Guard or C.E. approved life jackets, as this is your assurance
that the life jackets can provide sufficient buoyancy in the water. We
strongly suggest that all boaters enroll in one of the excellent water safety
courses offered by the Power Squadron or Coast Guard Auxiliary in your area.
Other points To Remember
2 or 3 days there may be a small decrease of pressure due to temperature
change. If so, add a few
of air to each chamber.
undertaking a long trip, inflate the boat for a full 24 hours to be sure all
chambers are completely airtight.
not allow children to drive the boat unsupervised by adults.
sharp objects when coming to dock or shore.
bring your oars along snapped in place.
you see water have come into the boat, check the following:
① Is the drain valve open?
② Is the diaphragm in the drain valve working
③ Has it rained recently?
Is there a hole in the floor?
cleaning & storage:
① Hose off sand and dirt and let dry before
② Do not use harsh chemical cleaners.
③ Do not store in extreme temperature (i.e. over
150F/below - 10F).
④ Store in a clean and dry place.
fill out and mail in the Warranty Registration Card supplied in your order
right away. You will void your warranty by not filing the registration card
with us. Be sure to enter the Serial #(HIN code = the 13 digit number). A
small patch of serial number are found in each boat. You can find a serial
number patch by looking through inside of the tube or stern area.
Care and Preservation
is very little that you have to do to keep your boat in good condition for
many years. You may store it inflated or deflated. If you leave it outside,
raise it up off the ground. If it is going to be in direct sunlight or exposed
to leaves, berries or rain, cover it with a tarp.(We do not recommend hanging
the boat). If you leave it in the water, you will probably have to drain out
rainwater at times. If you store it in a closet, basement or garage, we
suggest you pick a cool, dry spot, making sure the boat is clean and dry
before you pack it up - or mold can accumulate. That is all you need to keep
your boat in mint condition for years to come. Most dirt can be removed with a
garden hose, a sponge and mild soap. SoftScrub works exceedingly well. Make
sure the boat for long periods, Do not sprinkle with powders. Do not store in
an area where it is likely to be exposed to extreme temperatures.(above 150℉
or below -10℉)
All Alaska Series
Inflatable Boats have a 5-year Warrantee that covers the boat from bow to
stern. Simply stated with in 5 years from date of purchase, what ever happens
to your boat we'll fix it! There will be no charge for parts or labor for 5
years. Just return your damaged Alaska Series boat to us and we'll repair it.
reason for the repair was something that was a defect in material or workman
ship we'll pay the return shipping back to you. If the reason for the repair
was due to wear and tear you pay the return shipping.
Return your boat
to us after you've washed all major dirt off your boat. There is a $50 charge
for cleaning extremely dirty boats. I'm sure you too would rather
work on a boat that is reasonably clean opposed to one caked with mud
have repair centers in Anchorage, Alaska and Seattle, Washington. Please
contacting us before sending any boats. All
before sending any
card must be completed and signed, and returned to your dealer within 10 days
of date of purchase in order for the warranty on your new transom boat to be
signing this warranty card, I acknowledge that I have read and understand all
cautions and warnings relating to the use of this product, and I understand
that any occupants or users of this product risk injury or death.
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