Cataraft Assembly

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Cataraft Assembly


4-side rails with break downs 8 pieces 5’ each for 10’ frame or 4’ each 8’ frame

4-verticals with low pro fittings and ubolts 14” high

3-bottom cross rails 41” wide (1 middle, 1 front, 1 rear)


3-1 upper cross bar with rowing seat 1 front and 1 back cross bar 72” each


2-oar stands with oarlocks



Ubolts, washers, nuts and low pro fittings

(Do not remove low pros from frames only the ubolts, tighten ubolts evenly or they will break)
1-Cargo module optional 3 short bars with lo-pros and 1 long bar, 2 loop straps and 1-mesh


16-1 to 4 foot straps



Important notes

· Do not secure ubolts until all assembly is completed.
· Tighten ubolts evenly or they will snap
· Loosen ubotls so the lo pro fittings and components can slide on the bars for tightening in place when assembly is completed
· Only disassemble the frame by the ubolts DO NOT REMOVE THE LO PRO FROM THE FRAME PIPE
· Only remove one set of nuts and bolts from the side rails breakdowns
· Put nuts and washers back on the side rail break downs and ubolts through the lo-pros so they will not get lost
· Recommend taking a 1\2 inch socket wrench for assembly
· Make sure all bolts are positioned not to rub on tubes (top side rails should be horizontal bottom side rails vertical and all ubolts should have the flat surface against the tubes and nuts away from tubes)
· On the aire tubes the zipper seam is on the inside side of the tube
· On the NRS tube the NRS symbol is on the front outside of the tube
· Inflate tubes to approx. 3-psi try to inflate chambers as equally as possible. Should be able to slightly indent tube with thumb when moderate pressure is applied
· May be necessary to ad air on cold days or release are on hot days so tubesare not under or over inflated

· You will need a Frame wrench or socket wrench with a ½ inch head (rentals frame wrench is in repair Kit)

Steps 1 connect side rails





each side rail is stamped by the breakdowns with 1, 2,3, and 4 dots by the male and female connection. (be sure to match the male and female side rail with 1 dot to each other, repeat with the other rails matching 2 with 2 and 3 with 3 and 4 with 4.


bolt together (Never remove the bolts on the inserted sleeve or breakdown connection that secures the sleeve to the rail).


Step 2 lay rails as shown


slide on back top cross bar

Step 3 attaches oar stands


at the break down connection. Make sure the nuts on the top rails are horizontal (if they are vertical they will rub a whole in your tubes)


Step 4 adjust seat bar general rule is 18 inches from the oar stands


Step 5 attach verticals to top front and back cross bars as shown, it is important to make sure the ubolts are positioned so the flat part of the bolts are against the tubes of the raft.


16 ½ “ from center of top rail. Crossbars are marked

Step 6 attach cargo floor as shown through both bottom side rails

Step 7 attach bottom side rails


to the verticals


Step 8 attach the bottom cross bars and foot bars


Step 9 attach the cargo floor to the cross bars and foot bars with zip ties provided or lace with parachute



Step 10 square up frame and tighten


Step 11 attach frame to tubes

set frame so inside D-rings are just inside the corner of the front and back frame lo-pros and just below

the bottom cross bars

next attach a short 1 or 3 foot strap to the inside Middle D rings first.

(This will keep your tubes parallel to each other and not bowed in or out) next attach 3 or 4 foot straps to the out side middle D-rings


then the inside front

Step 11 continued and back


then outside front and back


yourstrap buckles should be positioned as shown so not to rube on tubes



Cargo module

Attach the 3 short bars to the front of frame cross bar


next attach long bar with ubolts


next attach the mesh or board pending on package


First attach loop strap to each side of frame as shown



next lay the mesh as shown


then fold over the ends around the side bars


and weave the ends together as shown


then pull tight. You should also weave the front and back of mesh to the frame.