How do i inflate my boat?
Each Nautica has plastic inflation valves mounted directly on the tubes, one for each independent air chamber. The outer cover of the valve should be removed by unscrewing it half a turn. The inner part of the valve has a valve stem that will be depressed by the force of the air being pumped in. Place the end of the hose of the foot pump into the valve ( one of the attached fittings will fit exactly). Start stepping on the foot pump to compress the bellows, pumping air into the tube. The normal pressure is only 3 PSI, so don’t use a scuba tank or gas station air fill hose! When done remove the hose. No air should be coming out of the valve. If it is, turn the valve stem until it stops, in the locked position. Replace the outer valve cover.
How do i deflate my boat?
Remove the outer valve cover by unscrewing it half a turn. The valve stem on the inner valve should be depressed and turned slightly until it stays in the open position and air gushes out.
How do i lift my boat?
3 lift eyes are standard on every Nautica rib: 2 located near the transom and one inside the boat in the bow section. These are bolted through strong cross- members in the boat, and made for lifting its weight. A lift harness (accessory) can be purchased for your boat or a custom lift harness (for low profile lift areas) can be made by a local fabricator.
How do i patch my tube?
Note: this instruction sheet is for emergency repair of small tears or punctures only. Larger tears or tears which go through a seam will require the assistance of an authorized repair station.
Tools required: sandpaper, masking tape, glue (no older than 6 months), and wooden or soft plastic stick (size and shape of a ruler, but thicker), and a small paintbrush.
Conditions: the repair must be done in the shade, on a low humidity day. Repairs done on direct sunlight when the outside temperature is over 75 degrees Fahrenheit it will not cure correctly.
- Step 1: prepare the area to be patched. Mark an area at least 2″ around the puncture or tear. Apply masking tape outside this area, as protection for the surrounding area. Take a piece of medium grade sandpaper, and sand the area to be patched. It should be sanded just enough for the surface hypalon to be rough (you should not be able to see the grain of the underlying cloth!). Check to make sure the surface is evenly sanded.
- Step 2: prepare the patch. Cut a patch that exactly matches the size and shape of the marked area on the boat. Any corners on the patch should be rounded. Sand the backside of the patch so it is roughened. Check to see that it is evenly sanded.
- Step 3: apply the glue. With the paintbrush, apply a thin coating of glue to the back of the patch, and to the prepared (sanded) area on the boat. Check to see that the entire surface is coated with glue. Let dry completely (about 5 to 10 minutes). Apply a second coating of glue to the patch and to the prepared area on the boat. Let dry until tacky (almost completely dry).
- Step 4: apply the patch. Carefully place the patch on the boat. The two surfaces will stick together as soon as they touch, so make sure the patch is applied correctly the first time. Rub the patch with the wooden stick to remove any air bubbles. Place a hard surface under the boat fabric, and use the stick to rub the patch very hard in sweeping movements to push any air bubbles out to the edge of the patch. Rub the patch until the patch is securely fixed to the boat, and there are no loose edges.
- Step 5: curing. Your patch must cure for at least 24 hours before inflating the boat or folding the tube.
What does the warranty cover?
The warranty is 10 years for pleasure or personal use, and 3 years for commercial use, covering the hull, tubes and the original purchaser only.
Nautica International, Inc.
Limited warranty for Rigid inflatable boats
Nautica International, Inc. warrants the seams and fabric used in the construction of inflatable sponsons on Nautica inflatable boats for a period of ten (10) years from the date of original purchase against defects in workmanship and material, provided that an outboard motor in excess of the maximum horse power listed on the data plate fastened to the transom is not used to power or propel the boat. Nautica warrants the fiberglass hull of Nautica inflatable boats for a period of ten (10) years from the date of original purchase against defects in workmanship and material, provided that an outboard motor in excess of the maximum horsepower listed on the data plate fastened to the transom is not used to power or propel the boat. Handles, towing rings, and all other attachments or accessories attached to the sponson on Nautica inflatable boats are warranted for a period of (2) years from the date of original purchase against defects in workmanship and material. Railings, windshields, upholstery, cushions, doors, hatches, latches, hinges, and all other parts, hardware and accessories attached to or installed on Nautica inflatable boats but which are not an integral part of the fiberglass hull/deck or inflatable sponson, are warranted against defects for a period of two (2) years from date of purchase.
Steering systems and cables, hydraulic hoses and fittings, fuel systems, associated hoses, fittings, tanks, hardware, electrical cables, switches and fuse panels are warranted against defects for a period of (1) year from the date of purchase with the exception of batteries and bilge pumps. If, within the warranty period, your new inflatable boat is proven to Nautica’s satisfaction to be defective, non-conforming parts will be repaired without charge for parts or labor or replaced at Nautica’s option.
Warranty coverage for inboard or outboard-mounted motors or engines is restricted to the engine manufacturer’s own warranty coverage. Engines not covered by manufacturer’s warranty are warranted for a maximum of 90 days from the date of purchase.
This warranty coverage is extended to the original purchaser, for personal, recreational use only, and may not be transferred. Operation of a Nautica inflatable boat for commercial use (for hire, rental, or to perform work) limits the 10 year warranty coverage described above to a three (3) year coverage from the date of purchase. This warranty shall not apply to any Nautica inflatable boat subjected to negligence, accident, improper operation or improper trailering, improper cradling, improper maintenance or storage, to any use other than normal use application, or improper inflation by any means other than that recommended by manufacturer, or to damage by circumstances beyond Nautica’s control. This warranty does not cover damage to the boat because of puncture, tearing, ripping, abrasion or ordinary wear and tear. This warranty applies only to those parts and components which are installed by factory personnel.
This warranty is exclusive and in lieu of all other express warranties, implied warranties, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for particular purpose. Nautica’s sole obligation and your exclusive remedy under this warranty is limited to such repair or replacement. Nautica International, Inc. shall not be liable for any consequential or contingent damages whatsoever. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, interpreted under the laws of the state of Florida. Venue for any legal disputes or litigation is Miami-Dade county, Florida.
All warranty claims must be made with Nautica International, Inc. within thirty (30) days after discovery of the defect and submitted on the warranty claim form available from your dealer together with proof of purchase. Photographs illustrating the defect, if any, should accompany the claim. If, within the warranty period, your new inflatable boat is proven to Nautica’s satisfaction to be defective, non-conforming parts will be repaired without charge for parts or labor or replaced at Nautica’s option. Freight and transportation charges, where applicable, incurred in shipping a boat to be repaired or replaced are to be paid by the consumer purchaser. Nautica reserves the right to make any changes in the design and material of its inflatable boats without incurring any obligations to incorporate such changes in units already completed or in the hands of dealers or consumers. The entire obligation of Nautica International, Inc. regarding the sale of its inflatable boats is stated within this written warranty. Nautica International, Inc. does not authorize its distributors, dealers, or any other person to assume for it any other liability in connection with the sale of its inflatable boats. The federal boat safety act of 1971 provides for defect notification for first purchasers. Failure to register your purchase with the manufacture constitutes waiver of the right to defect notification. Demand that your dealer completes your owner’s registration form. These warranties are made to you by the manufacturer. If you are unable to locate an authorized Nautica dealer or if the dealer does not provide satisfactory warranty service, contact:
Nautica International, Inc.
6135 n.w. 167th street, E-17
Miami, Florida 33015
Registration : to properly register your new boat, demand that your dealer completes the owner’s registration form
How do i clean my boat?
Hypalon is a durable fade resistant material that holds up in the harshest environments. However it can absorb stains. It’s best to wash the hypalon tube with “409″ or “Fantastik”. If the boat is extremely dirty, soak it with “409″ or “Fantastik” for an hour and then scrub with a soft white towel and rinse off. Stubborn stains can be removed by applying some 3m adhesive cleaner to a white towel and gently rubbing the stain. 3m adhesive cleaner can be purchased at a marine hardware store
How long does it take to order a boat?
Our normal construction time for small boats up to 18′ is 4-5 weeks. Diesel and boats 25′ and larger take 8 weeks or more depending on accessories and electronics ordered. Please contact our sales department at (305) 556-5554 if a shorter delivery is needed as some models are kept in stock in completed or semi-completed condition.
What color can i order my boat in?
Tube color choices are: white, light gray, medium gray, black, navy blue, royal blue, red, orange, yellow, green, olive green, dark green. The colors can be used as a color ‘trim stripe’ between the rubrails or a custom name can be applied in these colors. Custom paint (gelcoat) colors are available on request for hull and deck fiberglass.