Originally Posted by Jlomb436
Hey folks. I was/am extremely excited to get my new Bombard Typhoon 420 boat! I'm normally pretty good with these things but I seriously could not get these stringers to go in.
I read the manual. The only thing I did do is add starch as it suggested. I'll check out some videos online to maybe see if I'm doing anything wrong. I watched a video by the company/seller install these within 60 seconds. I spent an hour and got no where.
One concerned I had was that no matter what I did, there was always 2 pieces of the floor lifted. If I stepped on the aluminum, the wood would start to rise. I made sure every single piece was wedged and still couldn't get it to go. I've included some pics (link) and you can see that it's almost like some pieces we're inverted as you could see the stringer would fit flush on 1 but not on the other.
Anyone have any tips or tricks? I know it'll break in and get easier, but honestly quite frustrating. If it weren't for the neighbors there may have been some flying cardboard pieces.
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Inflate the boat to full pressure (If you're jumping on the footpump, you've hit the right pressure)... If you don't have a pressure gauge, you should be able to push on the tube and not have it give. Tight is right.
Leave it that way for a day. It will stretch out the material.
Then deflate it down and assemble your floorboards. Use the "teepee" approach.
After the floorboards are flat, the tough part is wiggling the stringer in place. It sometimes helps to put a block of wood or paddle underneath the boat on the side you are installing the stringers on. Make sure they are aligned with the protecting pads.
Mate the edges, then pivot the angled side of the stringer in place, so it sits in the slot against the PVC floor doubler where the tube connects to the PVC flooring. Then install the other side.