2012 User Manual - Go-Float Electric Boats

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Go-Float Electric Boats
Welcome to the Go-Float family!
Thank you for choosing Go-Float Electric Boats for your boating
pleasure. We hope you will be completely satisfied with your purchase
and enjoy it for many years.
Your new Go-Float has been designed to give you and your family
years of trouble free fun on the water. Please read this manual carefully
before operating your boat. This manual will assist you in operation,
safe use, and care of your Go-Float. By taking a few moments to
familiarize yourself with the functions of your Go-Float, you can help
make your investment last.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or suggestions. We
want to ensure that your boating experience is as safe and relaxing and
as fun as possible. Enjoy your Go-Float!
Sincerely,
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PS. Be safe… always wear a personal flotation device. Know and
comply with all applicable local boating regulations.
Copyright 2012 Go-Float, LLC
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Overview
Go-Float Fusion Overview .............................................................. 4
Go-Float Impulse Overview ............................................................ 5
Go-Float Ion Overview .................................................................... 6
Control Panel ................................................................................. 7
Steering Handle .............................................................................. 7
Beach BuddyTM with Wheels ............................................................ 7
Operation
Safe Boarding ................................................................................. 8
Speed Control ................................................................................. 8
Steering & Power Control ................................................................ 8
Beach BuddyTM ............................................................................... 9
Monitoring the Battery Life ............................................................... 9
Charging the Battery ....................................................................... 9
Listening to the Stereo................................................................... 11
Automatic Bilge Pump ................................................................... 11
Storage and Maintenance
Beaching ....................................................................................... 10
Storing On End.............................................................................. 10
Safety & Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting ............................................................................ 12
Propeller, changing ....................................................................... 13
Accessories
Accessories and Online Shopping ................................................. 15
Overview of Go-Float Fusion & Impulse Features
Bow
Cooler/ Storage
Compartment
Cup Holder
Stereo Control &
Battery Meter
(see page 5)
Speed
Control
(see page 5)
Starboard
Port
AC Plug Input Receptacle.
Available only with optional
Onboard Battery Charger
Steering Handle
(see page 5)
Stern
Seat Back flips
forward to access
Battery
Overview of Go-Float Fusion & Impulse Features
Bow
Cooler/ Storage
Compartment
Stereo Control &
Battery Meter
(see page 5)
Cup Holder
Speed
Control
(see page 5)
Starboard
Port
AC Plug Input Receptacle.
Available only with optional
Onboard Battery Charger
Steering Handle
(see page 5)
Stern
Seat Back flips
forward to access
Battery
Overview of Go-Float Ion Features
Bow
Cooler/ Storage
Compartment
Control Panel
(see page 5)
Steering Handle
(see page 5)
Starboard
Port
Battery Access Panel
Stern
Control Panel
Volume Control &
Power On/Off for
optional stereo
Speed Control
Audio Input Jack
for optional stereo
Battery State of
Charge Indicator
Steering and Power Control Handle
“GO” Button
Beach BuddyTM with Wheels
Beach Buddy with optional wheel
kit for paved surfaces.
Beach Buddy with optional wheel
kit for sandy surfaces.
Safe Boarding
To board your Go-Float, step as far as you are able into the center aft
portion of the seat. This will keep the boat as stable as possible while
you are boarding. This will also place your weight onto the strongest
area of the deck. Reverse the procedure for safe disembarking.
Speed Control
Each number indicates a rate of speed.
“OFF 0” is neutral with no forward or reverse
motion.
FORWARD 1 thru 5. 1 is the slowest forward
speed, good for navigating around other
boats, for docking and beaching. Each higher
number increases speed, with 5 being the
highest speed.
REVERSE 1 is a slow speed, good for navigating around other boats
and for docking.
REVERSE 2 is a higher speed, good for quickly slowing the boat and
for spinning weeds off of the prop.
The speed can be changed while the boat is underway, but it is
recommended to stop the motor (release thumb pressure from the “GO”
button) to change direction. Changing direction suddenly while
underway could damage the motor.
Steering Handle and Power “GO” Button
Power “GO” Button: To turn on the motor,
press the “GO” button with your thumb at the
end of the steering handle. To turn off the
motor, release thumb pressure from the “GO”
button.
Right turn
Left turn
IMPORTANT! Be alert for swimmers near
your boat! Always release the “GO” button to
turn off your motor when others approach
your boat.
Steering: When in forward motion, to steer
right, push the handle forward. To steer left,
pull the handle back. Steering directions are
opposite when in reverse.
Beach BuddyTM
The Beach BuddyTM, is designed to protect the
motor and propeller from underwater objects
while cruising or beaching your Go-Float. It is
also used to stand your Go-Float on end for storage in small areas. For instructions on storing
upright, see page 9.
While underway it may catch weeds. If you think
you have slowed because of weeds on the Beach Buddy, follow the
same procedure as for removing weeds from the propeller (page X).
Wheel Kits are available to add to your Go-Float Beach BuddyTM for
easier movement across lawns, driveways, etc. (page 5).
Do not use the Beach Buddy as a step to enter the boat.
Monitoring the Battery
The Battery Status Indicator is specifically
designed to monitor the charge status of the
battery (or batteries) onboard your Go-Float.
Interpreting Battery Status. The battery
meter has 10 LEDs that will light to show the
battery condition. The percentages represent battery life. A fully charged battery will
be Indicated by the #10 GREEN LED light (shown in image). As the
battery discharges, the LEDs will light in descending order to indicate
the battery life. The chart shows what the lights indicate.
It is recommended to have the battery or batteries recharged when the
#3 YELLOW LED lights as a safety margin to prevent dead batteries
and to extend the overall lifetime of your battery (or batteries).
CAUTION: This is not a fool-proof device and no warranty is made that
your battery/batteries is/are in good condition. All charge levels are approximate.
E
Power
Level
LED Lights
1
F
2
3
4 to 9
Fully Charged
Green
40% to 90%
Green
30% Power
Yellow
Flashing
Yellow
20%
~ 10%
10
Flashing
Red
Flashing
Yellow
Storage
Upright, Temporary: Be sure that the battery hold down strap is
secured. Remove all items from the cooler-storage compartment and
the passenger area. Open the drain plug, located on starboard (right)
side of the hull. Tip the boat on its starboard (right) side to make sure
water is drained from inside the hull. Replace the plug. Then rest the
boat on a flat surface on the Beach Buddy and raise the bow until the
boat is completely upright and resting on its transom. Be sure that your
Go-Float is out of the wind so as not to blow over.
Upright, Long Term: Follow the above procedure, but to extend the life
of your battery, remove it first. Store the battery on a wooden surface,
such as a piece of lumber, indoors. Use a trickle charger about every 4
-6 weeks to keep the battery powered up.
IMPORTANT! Use a heavy line attached to the bow eye to secure your
Go-Float to a solid fixture, such as a rafter. This will prevent your GoFloat from accidently falling over if bumped.
Drain plug, shown closed.
Located on starboard (right) side
of hull.
Beaching
IMPORTANT! When your Go-Float
is on shore in a horizontal position,
it is recommended that you do not
step into the boat. Serious damage
may occur to the hull, deck, and
Beach BuddyTM.
Battery
The battery is sealed, so do not
worry about it leaking during upright
storage.
Stereo
Stereo (optional). iPod ready. Compatible with most
MP3 players, FM receivers, and other audio devices.
A mini-jack cable is included with the stereo package.
Caution: remove input jack from the receptacle before
entering or leaving the boat to prevent damage to
either component if snagged or stepped on.
Charging the Battery
For best results, it is recommended that your batteries be fully charged
prior to each use.
Charging. Your Go-Float’s battery can be charged with a standard
automobile battery charger. You will access the battery through the
motor compartment hatch by carefully tipping the seat back forward.
The battery may remain in the boat or be removed to recharge. Be sure
to connect the battery charger to the battery poles Positive-to-Positive
and Negative-to-Negative. Consult your charger’s operating manual to
determine the appropriate settings.
Onboard charger. If your Go-Float is equipped with the optional
onboard charger, use a UL approved three-pronged extension cord
designed for outdoor use to connect to your source of electricity. The
onboard AC Plug Receptacle is located on deck at the stern of your GoFloat.
Left: AC Plug Receptacle.
Automatic Bilge Pump
Automatic bilge pump. Any water that accumulates inside the hull will activate the bilge
pump to automatically remove the water. Water
is ejected through the hull via the round plastic
fitting found on the port side of your Go-Float
(shown at left).
Keep this opening unobstructed during use of
your Go-Float.
Troubleshooting
Symptom
Possible Cause/Solution

Speed loss
1. Check for weeds or fishing
line on the propeller and
remove.
2. Check battery charge status.
3. Check terminals on battery.

Motor noise or vibration
1. Check propeller for weeds or
fishing line.
2. Check to see propeller is
secure and not damaged.
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Weeds accumulated on prop
Weeds accumulated on
Beach BuddyTM
Weed Removal while Underway:
1. Set the speed control at
Forward 5 and spin the
propeller briefly.
2. Stop the motor, set the speed
at Reverse 2 and spin the
propeller briefly.
3. Reset the speed to forward
and check for improved
performance.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 until weeds
are cleared and satisfactory
performance has returned.
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Weeds accumulated on prop
Weeds accumulated on
Beach BuddyTM
Weed Removal Manually:
CAUTION! TURN MOTOR OFF
before attempting to remove
weeds by hand.
Motor Maintenance. We recommend after use to rinse motor to
remove sand and other debris. Check the propeller for line or weeds.
Regularly check for loose fasteners, corroded or loose terminal
connections and frayed wires. Keep moving parts lubricated. An
aerosol lubricant works well.
Electrical Connections. Before removing or installing the battery,
ensure that all switches are in the OFF position and have the propeller
area clear. If replacing or adding a battery, we highly recommend
ordering your battery from Go-Float to ensure safety and good
performance. (See page 15)
Changing the Propeller
Before doing anything with the propeller, ensure the cables to the
battery are disconnected.
Detaching the propeller it is a simple matter of unscrewing and removing the locknut using the special tool supplied. When doing this, take
hold of the propeller to stop it turning. Under no circumstances should
you attempt to loosen the locknut with a hammer or similar tool as this
may damage the locknut or shaft – or both. (F)
Once the locknut is removed, you will be able to slide the propeller off.
When putting the propeller back on, verify there is a proper fi t of the
groove and shear pin otherwise the propeller will not be locked in place.
(G)
After using the motor always check and clear any weed or fishing line
that may have become tangled around the propeller. Next, give the
motor a wipe down with warm water to remove any salt or sand particles and then spray it with fresh water.
Boating Safety
Personal Flotation Device. We recommend that the proper
personal flotation device be worn by the occupant of the boat.
Motor and Prop. Your boat is equipped with an electric motor.
You should never attempt to access the motor unless you have
disconnected the power source. Always watch out for other
boaters or hazards while on the water. This boat is not
designed to be a swimming or diving platform. Watch out for swimmers
near your boat. Spinning props can cause serious injury or death.
Motor. Do not run the motor out of the water. The motor needs to be
submerged in water to stay cool. Running the motor when dry
can seriously damage motor’s seals.
Go-Float Electric Boats can not be responsible for accidents
due to misuse, modifications or for using the boat in any manner other
than its intended use.
Available Accessories
12-Volt, 35Ah Deep Cycle SLA Battery:
On-shore 12-Volt Battery Charger:
Extend your time on
the water with an
additional battery or
just keep a backup
ready.
Charges faster than
traditional chargers.
100/30/12/2 Amp.
Set of 6-ft. cables w/
125 Amp clamps
Waterproof/Floating Protection Cases:
Folding Grappling Anchor
MP3 Style Player
Case
Just the right size to
easily stow in your
boat’s storage compartment.
Cell Phone Case
Collapsible Paddle Kit:
Just the right size to
easily stow in your
boat’s storage
compartment.
Bimini Top: Detachable/Collapsible
Low Pressure
Tire Pump
& Tire Pressure
Gauge Kit
Boat Storage Cover:
Durable, weatherproof cover. Black only.
Trailer:
Find these and other accessories at our
online store:
SHOP
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Go-Float, LLC
810 First Street South
Suite 110
Hopkins, MN 55343
Phone: (952) 955-9500
Fax: (952) 955-9501
Email: info@go-float.com
Website: www.Go-Float.com