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Old 01 June 2016, 22:17   #1
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Could not install the stringers on my new Bombard

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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Old 02 June 2016, 00:57   #2
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could be wrong but stringer looks to be downside up.
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Old 02 June 2016, 01:07   #3
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could be wrong but stringer looks to be downside up.
Hi Stevo.

Thanks for the reply! I should have been more clear. Both are installed incorrectly, I was simply trying to show the angle of the floor pieces. The first picture is the piece closest to the transom. I think it's angling down due to the tight fit. I even think my manual says to stick an ore or stringer under it to make it easier.

I will try that, but it was beyond difficult. I'm looking at multiple videos online and i see people doing it in seconds or a minute or 2. I couldn't get one stringer in as the floor would never sit flush. I'm going to try again this weekend, hopefully with better results. I'm just new to this and maybe thought there was something major I'm missing. I think I had it inflated to about 50%, so I'm going to try maybe 25-30% to see if that helps.

Another set of hands this weekend may help as well.
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40-50% inflation and I get the Mrs to tug upwards on the tube and mine go straight in. I've not had much success with the paddle under the tube method !
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No magic tips I'm afraid. Not much comfort now but it is good they are an impossibly tight fit when new.
I only inflate tubes just sufficient to hold a bit of shape and align floorboards as straight as possible. I push stringer down onto floor in a near vertical position with the groove located over the tongue. Pushing the stringer down helps further align floor, then rotate outwards toward the tubes and stringer should snap into place.
Stringers in your pics look to be the right way up and same as on my Zoom.
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a long piece of wood holding all the floor level i find best then you can concentrate on fitting the stringers and they are tight to push in.

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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.
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Thank you everyone! I'm going to inflate it and throw it in the garage. Hopefully the crickets stay at bay. I'll also try the oar trick. This was mentioned in my manual, but the instructions we're terrible. Once I saw it online it makes complete sense. Then I'll try assemble again on Saturday (in the Marina parking lot) to see how successful I am. No pressure!


Thanks again for your suggestions and wisdom.
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I would practice this at home again rather than at the marina if possible.

I had a Zodiac with a similar setup and getting the stringers in was definitely an acquired skill. Getting them out again required brute force and cursing to the day I sold it!
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I actually think I'm going to do that. Hoping some fo the techniques I've learned pay off...
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