Sea Eagle ® FoldCat 325fc & 375fc

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Sea Eagle ® FoldCat 325fc & 375fc
Instructions and
Owner’s Manual
October 2006
19 N. Columbia St., Suite 1, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
(631) 473 7308
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- A-41 bellows foot pump
*Note: The repair kit includes 2 patches, tube of glue,
Halkey Roberts Valve Adapter & Halkey Roberts valve tool.
INTRODUCTION
Sea Eagle FoldCat 325fc & 375fc
Congratulations, you just bought the finest 1 or 2-person
fold up fishing boat on the planet. Before proceeding with
assembly and inflation, please check to see that you have
all necessary parts:
ASSEMBLY
The FoldCat 325fc & 375fc requires only one time
assembly of optional aluminum step bench (SE 375fc
only), front aluminum step rod, adapters for rod holders
and quick release swivel seat mounts. These things can
be rolled up with the hull for storage. Most people will
never fully disassemble their FoldCat.
Sea Eagle FoldCat 325fc Deluxe Package includes:
- 325fc FoldCat inflatable hull
- catamaran carry bag
- repair kit* (small orange canister)
- 2 raised oarlock bases with oarlock pins & hardware
- 2 collapsable rowing oars
- 3 aluminum floorboard slats
- 4 aluminum stabilizer underbars
- front aluminum step rod
- wooden motormount with 2 L-brackets & hardware
- 1 quick release swivel seat mount with hardware
- 1 swivel seat
- 2 rod holders with flushmount adapters & hardware
- A-41 bellows foot pump
*Note: The repair kit includes 2 patches, tube of glue,
Halkey Roberts Valve Adapter & Halkey Roberts valve tool.
Unroll the FoldCat hull and lay both the pontoons parallel
to each other flat on the floor.
Please note, the ends of pontoons with HalkeyRoberts valves and two grommets for aluminum step
rod will form the bow of the FoldCat.
Attaching Aluminum Step Rod
Insert the ends of aluminum step rod into the 2 grommets
(1 on each pontoon) in the bow of the FoldCat 375fc in
such a way that the 2 bolts going through the step rod lie
on the inner side. On the SE 325fc, the step rod already
comes attached. It secures to the fabric floor and provides
an easy front carry handle. On the SE 375fc the step rod
serves as a foot rest for the person sitting in the front and
also provides a front carry handle.
Sea Eagle FoldCat 375fc Deluxe Package includes:
- 375fc FoldCat inflatable hull
- catamaran carry bag
- repair kit* (small orange canister)
- 2 raised oarlock bases with oarlock pins & hardware
- 2 collapsable rowing oars
- 5 aluminum floorboard slats
- 4 aluminum stabilizer underbars (2 long & 2 short)
- front aluminum step rod
- wooden motormount with 2 L-brackets & hardware
- 2 quick release swivel seat mounts with hardware
- 2 swivel seats
- 2 rod holders with flushmount adapters & hardware
- A-41 bellows foot pump
*Note: The repair kit includes 2 patches, tube of glue,
Halkey Roberts Valve Adapter & Halkey Roberts valve tool.
Aluminum Step Bench
The aluminum step bench (included only in the SE 375fc
Pro Angler’s Package) is shorter in length than the other 5
aluminum slats. It has only two nylon slotted fittings for
attaching it to the 375fc FoldCat hull.
Sea Eagle FoldCat 375fc Pro Angler’s Package includes:
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375fc FoldCat inflatable hull
catamaran carry bag
repair kit* (small orange canister)
2 raised oarlock bases with oarlock pins & hardware
2 collapsable rowing oars
5 aluminum floorboard slats
4 aluminum stabilizer underbars (2 long & 2 short)
front aluminum step rod
wooden motormount with 2 L-brackets & hardware
2 quick release swivel seat mounts with hardware
2 swivel seats
4 rod holders with flushmount adapters & hardware
1 pedestal for swivel seat with hardware
1 aluminum step bench
nylon storage bag
STEP BENCH
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Feed the 2 fabric beads in the bow of the 375fc FoldCat hull
through the 2 nylon slotted fittings under the aluminum step
bench as shown.
STERN
Stabilizer Underbars
The SE 375fc, has 4 aluminum stabilizer underbars - 2 short
and 2 long. The SE 325fc has 4 stabilizer bars all short.
From the bow of the FoldCat slide the short aluminum
underbars under the first and the second aluminum slats
between the fabric beads holding the slats along the length
of each pontoon.
Also make sure that the long and the short underbars are
aligned properly along the length of the pontoon. On the SE
375fc, the aluminum underbars must nearly touch each
other (approximately towards the center of the pontoon)
between the 2nd aluminum slat from the bow and 3rd
rearmost slat as shown below. On the SE 325fc, the
aluminum underbars also meet each other but under the
aluminum center bench.
Align the bow end of the stabilizer underbar against the
triangular marking on the bow of each pontoon as shown
below Please note, on the SE 325fc, the 2 short stabilizer
bars actually are closer to the aluminum board than shown
above and they should meet together under the center
SE 375fc
shown
The frame of the FoldCat 325fc or 375fc is ready for inflation
and looks like this. Please note, on the SE 325fc there are
only 3 aluminum cross benches and no aluminum step
bench.
aluminum board.
STERN
Similarly, slide the long stabilizer underbars from the stern
of the FoldCat under the rearmost, 2nd rearmost and the
3rd rearmost aluminum slats.
SE 375fc
shown
SE 375fc
shown
STERN
Inflation Instructions
The FoldCat 325fc & 375fc have Halkey-Roberts valves on
both pontoons.
The valve cap unscrews to
reveal the yellow valve stem.
When this stem is in the up
position as shown the valve
retains air. The valve should
be in this position to inflate
the boat.
Align the stern ends of these underbars against the
triangular markings on each pontoon in the stern.
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If the stem is not in the up position, turn the yellow stem
counterclockwise with your thumb to bring it in the up
position.
Make sure your pump is off and hook the red positive
alligator clip to the positive terminal of your battery. Hook
the negative clip to the negative terminal of your battery.
A41 Bellows Foot Pump
Adjust the pressure dial on the
MB-100 pump to 220 milibar, or
3.2 PSI as shown, and plug the
hose into the valve opening above
the dial for inflation. The other
opening on the other side of the
pump is for deflation, which is not
required for our boats.
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Use the Halkey-Roberts
adapter included with your
FoldCat (placed in the repair
kit) to inflate this valve. Insert
the Halkey-Roberts valve adapter into the yellow hose of
the A-41 Bellows Foot Pump.
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This pump is used for all our
products and is one of the best
on the market today. We firmly
recommend you always carry
your A-41 on board for safety.
Attach the hose to the valve on
the right side of the pump (as
shown in the picture) to inflate.
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Push the adapter into the
Halkey-Roberts valve and turn
clockwise to lock it in position.
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Please note, the MB-100 Pump
comes with a cluster of 8 adapters
that are numbered from 1 to 8.
(You do not have to use the
Halkey-Roberts valve adapter with
the MB-100 pump). These
numbers are written on the arms
of the cluster that hold each
adapter. You have to carefully
read these numbers on the arms
of the cluster.
Attach the other end of the hose to the adapter # 1 from
the cluster to inflate the FoldCats. Push the adapter in the
Halkey-Roberts valve and switch on the pump. It will
change gears during inflation and automatically stop once
the pontoons is fully inflated at 3.2 psi air pressure.
With our A41 foot pump, inflate each pontoon till you
cannot pump any more air into it. At this stage the foot
pump will become extremely hard and you will not be able
to press it any further. That means the pontoon has
reached its optimum pressure. Withdraw the adapter from
the valve and close the valve cap. Inflated FoldCat 375fc
should look like this.
BST Super Turbo Electric Pump
The BST
features a two
stage pumping
system - a high
speed fan to
quickly inflate
your hull, and a
piston pump to
achieve the
desired
pressure our
FoldCats needs.
Not only is this
pump amazingly
fast, but it is portable as well. The high capacity battery
can inflate our FoldCats twice between charges. Includes
valve adapters, high capacity battery, 110 volt household
charger & 12 volt cigarette lighter adapter for car use.
BOW
The BST Super Turbo Electric Pump also has an
adjustable pressure dial and a cluster of 8 valve adapters
like our MB-100 Pump. (You do not have to use the
Halkey-Roberts valve adapter with the BST pump). Adjust
the dial of the BST pump to 220 milibar, or 3.2 PSI. Insert
one end of the hose to the opening on the pump that has
an arrow pointing outward (for inflation). The opening on
the other side of the pump with an arrow pointing inward is
for deflation, which is not required for our boats.
Inflation with Electric Pumps
MB-100 High Pressure Electric
Pump is specifically designed for
higher pressure inflatable boats
like our FoldCat 325fc & 375fc. It
has a set of alligator clips to hook
on to a 12 Volt car battery just like
a jump cable.
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Attach the other end of the hose to adapter # 1 from the
cluster. Push the adapter in the Halkey-Roberts valve on
the boat and switch on the pump. The pump will go
through the two stage pumping system - a high speed fan
to quickly inflate your hull, and a piston pump to achieve
the desired pressure our FoldCats needs. It will
automatically stop once the pontoon is fully inflated at
desired pressure of 3.2 PSI.
Deflation
To deflate a chamber, simply
turn the yellow valve stem
clockwise with your thumb to
secure it in the down position.
This will let the air out of your
boat. Our boats do not require a
pump for deflation.
Now slide the swivel seat(s) into the quick release swivel
seat mounts and make sure that the spring loaded lever
mechanisms locks in place.
Swivel Seat Attachment for FoldCat
325fc & 375fc
The quick release swivel seat mount comes with 4 bolts, 4
wing nuts as shown below.
There are two
sets of quick
release swivel
seat mounts
included in any
of our SE375fc
packages and
one in the SE
325fc package.
Pedestal for Swivel Seat
(For 375fc Pro Angler’s Package. Optional for
325fc). The Pedestal comes with four bolts and nuts to
attach it to the Swivel Seat.
On the SE 325fc, bolt the quick release swivel seat mount
in the center aluminum slat bench through the 4 predrilled
3/8” holes using the included bolts & wingnuts. On the SE
375fc, bolt the quick release swivel seat mounts in the
center of the 3rd rearmost aluminum slat and the first slat
from the bow through the 4 predrilled 3/8” holes using the
included bolts & wingnuts as shown below. Please note,
the quick release seat mount(s) can stay attached to the
slat bench of the SE 325fc or SE375fc and never again
need to be disassembled.
Bolt the upper end of the pedestal to the swivel seat as
shown above. And then slide the other end of the pedestal
into the quick release swivel seat mounts and make sure
that the spring loaded lever mechanisms locks in
place.
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Please note, for disassembly it is very easy to detach the
swivel seat or the pedestal from the quick release
seatmount by sliding them out while lifting up the spring
loaded quick release lever mechanism on the swivel seat
mount with your finger as shown below.
Now place the rod holders in the adapters as shown.
For disassembly, you only need to detach the rod holders
from the flush mount adapters.
On the 325fc, install the rod holders at the end of the
middle aluminum slat.
Oar Locks & Oars
Rod Holders
There are 2 oars and 2 oarlocks
included in any of our FoldCat
packages. Each oarlock includes a
raised oarlock base, an oarlock pin,
two bolts attached and 2 knurled nuts.
Each rod holder includes the plastic flush mount adapter
and hardware as shown below.
Please note, the Deluxe
Package includes 2 rod
holders and the Pro
Angler’s Package
includes 4 rod holders.
On the 375fc, bolt the raised oarlock
bases at both ends of the 2nd
rearmost aluminum slat through the 4
pre-drilled 3/8" holes (2 at each end)
using knurled nuts. And then place
the oarlock pins into the raised
oarlock rods as shown.
On the 375fc, attach the flush mount adapters for rod
holders at the ends of the 3rd rearmost aluminum slat
and/or the first aluminum slat from the bow. Each of these
ends on the aluminum slats have 1 big 1 1/2" hole & 4 1/8”
holes surrounding the big hole as shown below.
Now snap the two 8’ sectional oars together and inset each
oar into the oarlock pins and tighten the wingnuts to secure
the oars as shown below.
Use four 3/4” screws to attach each flush mount adapter
to the aluminum slat with a phillips head screw driver.
Please note, the adapters can stay attached to the slats
and never need to be disassembled.
On the 325fc, the raised oarlock bases are installed on the
first aluminum slat in the bow. And then attach the oarlock
pins and oars as explained above for 375fc.
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Fully assembled Deluxe Package looks like this:
Motormount
Parts for the motormount
include wooden
motormount plate, 2
aluminum L-brackets,
four bolts, 4 washers and
4 knurled nuts.
SE 375fc
shown
Fully assembled FoldCat 375fc Pro Angler’s Package
looks like this:
This rearmost slat has 2 pre-drilled 3/8" holes for
placement of motormount. Bolt the aluminum L-brackets
through these 2 holes by inserting the 2 bolts down
through the front holes in the L-brackets and securing with
knurled nuts below as shown.
SE 375fc
shown
Please note, after first time assembly of the FoldCat 325fc
or 375fc, for disassembly all you have to do is deflate the
air chambers, remove the underbars, swivel seats,
rodholders, oars and unscrew the oarlocks. For
transportation, simply roll-up the hull along with the
aluminum slats & motormount and place it in the FoldCat
carry bag.
Canopy (for FoldCat 375fc only)
Install 1 Sea Tie on the aluminum step rod in the bow of the
FoldCat 375fc.
Then install the
other 2 Sea Ties to
the last slat in the
stern of the FolCat
as shown.
Secure the wooden motormount plate to the L-brackets by
running the other 2 bolts through the top holes in the Lbrackets and the 2 holes in the motormount plate itself.
Tighten all knurled nuts and bolts.
Install the two
raised oarlock
bases on the sides
of the second wide
aluminum slat from
the bow as shown.
Your motormount assembly is now complete.
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Insert the canopy
rods with
preassembled pins
into the raised oar
lock rod bases as
shown.
(2) Now insert the
snaplock bracket at this
end as shown.
(3) Push the snaplock
bracket so that the pin
is snapped in position.
The center black
strap on the canopy
should be attached
to the sea tie on the
aluminum step rod
in the bow.
Attach the base to the
other side of the
FoldCat in the same
way.
(4) Now raise the other
ends in the vertical
position so that the
snaplock pin at the
elbow joint snaps in
place.
Attach the other two
black straps to the
two sea ties on the
last aluminum slat
in the stern as
shown.
(5) Now attach the
upper part of the
casting bar to the raised
ends till the snaplock
button locks in place.
You may adjust the
height of the casting bar
to the position that is
comfortable to you.
Fully assembled canopy should look like this
B) Installation for FoldCat 325fc
Partially deflate both pontoons and insert the base arm of
the casting bar under the first slat in the bow of the
FoldCat. Unlike the 375fc, on the 325fc do not attach
the other end of the base to the step rod and follow
steps (1), (4) & (5) only explained above for FoldCat
375fc. The reason why the casting bar is not attached to
the step rod on a 325fc is because it will be too far from
the person standing on the first slat. Casting bar on the
325fc should look this this:
Casting Bar
A) Installation for FoldCat 375fc
(1) Partially deflate both
pontoons and insert the
base arm of the casting
bar under the first slat
in the bow of the
FoldCat as shown.
Place the other end of
the base under the step
rod so that the step rod fits in the notch as shown in the
next picture.
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going. Please remember to give way to both sailboats and
motorboats, as they have the right of way.
Basic Motoring Instructions
Before getting in, you should adjust the oarlock pins so the
handles of the oars almost touch as they come together.
Please note, at some point in the future, when you become
more proficient with rowing, you may want to use longer
oars which will crossover each other and give you greater
reach and coverage. You also may want to switch to
traditional oarlocks that allow you to feather your blades on
their retrieves. Using longer oars that crossover and/or oars
that feather takes practice. You may want to consult some
books on rowing before before considering these future
options.
The Sea Eagle FoldCat 325fc and 375fc are a very light
weight catamarans. Since only the pontoons are in touch
with water, there is less drag and so they motor very well
even with small outboard motors. They take only up to 3 HP
gas engines. You can also use up to 74 lb. thrust electric
motors. As with any boat, while motoring you need to be
keenly aware of the wind and water conditions around you
- especially while using an electric motor, you don’t want to
be caught with a 4 knot boat trying to fight a 5 knot tidal
current. As with all boating, a little planning goes a long
way. However, you will be surprised at the fine
maneuverability of the FoldCat 325fc or 375fc even with an
electric motor.
If this is truly your first time rowing, we recommend that you
practice rowing for several hours near the shore before
venturing out further on open waters. Practice not only
makes perfect, it makes safe.
Please note, when pulling your oars through the water you
should try to keep the blades fully immersed, but as close
to the surface as possible. This will give you greater rowing
leverage. You should continually practice your rowing
strokes, trying to make them as fluid and smooth as
possible.
Basic Rowing Instructions
Storage
The Sea Eagle FoldCats can be stored inflated for an
indefinite period of time as long as the temperature remains
warmer than -20° fahrenheit. For outdoor storage, cover
the FoldCat with a tarp and keep it off the ground.
For indoor storage it is best to find a dry, relatively cool
location. Avoid attics or other locations with temperatures
above 120 degrees fahrenheit.
Troubleshooting
Leakage of air: If your boat appears a bit soft, it might not
be because of a leak. If the boat was inflated late in the day
with 90 degree air, that air might cool 20 degrees overnight.
The cooler air exerts less pressure on the hull, so it could
appear soft the next morning.
You will be surprised how easy it is to row your FoldCat
325fc or 375fc boat. If you have never rowed a boat of any
kind, there are some fundamental concepts that you will
have to grasp.
Before embarking on the water, you should realize one
fundamental truth: when you row forwards, you face
backwards. This means that you will have a great view of
where you have been, but almost no view of where you are
going. If you want to alter this you may get one or two rear
view mirrors. Some traditional rowers will consider this
immoral, but it is nice to have a view of where you are
going.
If there has been no temperature variation, you need to
start looking for a leak. Below are the three best methods.
1) Visual inspection. Get a good look at your boat from
just a few feet away. Flip it over and closely check over the
outside. Any large leaks should be clearly visible.
2) Listening. If you have a rough idea where your leak is,
you can sometimes hear it in a quiet room.
As in any boating situation, it is vital to carry a life jacket
and to be aware of the conditions of the water you are
rowing in. You should be aware of any and all obstacles
and dangers that you might encounter (i.e. sailboats,
motorboats, moored boats, bouys, docks, rocks, winds,
waves, lightning, rain, etc.). When rowing backward it is
important to realize that if you are not using a mirror you will
have to periodically twist your neck and look where you are
3) Soapy water. Use a mix of dishwashing liquid & water in
a spray bottle, and spray over suspicious areas. Any leak
will produce bubbles that will pinpoint the location of the
leak.
4) Check your valves: Look, listen, and if necessary, spray
soapy water around your valve and the valve base. If you
do find that it is leaking at the valve please call our service
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department to get a replacement valve.
Let the glue sit for 2-4 minutes until
it appears tacky.
Repairs
Through use you may occasionally puncture your boat.
Most leaks only take a few minutes to repair. Your boat
comes with a repair kit, and additional repair supplies can
be ordered from our website.
Place the patch on the damaged
area and press down firmly. Place
a 3-5 pound weight over the patch
and allow 12 hours for repair to
dry. After patch dries, apply glue
around the edges for a complete
seal (dry 4 hours).
Small Repairs: Deflate your boat. Thoroughly clean and
dry area to be repaired. For a small puncture (less than
1/8th") apply a small drop of glue. Let dry 12 hours. If you
need to get on the water sooner, let dry 30 minutes and
then inflate the boat, inflating the compartment with the
repair only 3/4 full. Be sure to make a permanent repair
later.
Halkey-Roberts Valves
Patches: Leaks larger than a pinhole can be patched. Most
patches can be done in a few minutes, but we do offer a
repair service for more complex jobs out of warranty. Our
minimum repair fee is $75. and you will be responsible for
freight expenses to our facility in Port Jefferson and return
freight to your destination.
Over the years the Halkey-Roberts valves can loosen a bit
which will produce a slow leak. If you are seeing this, first
try to tighten the valve using the the black Halkey Roberts
valve replacement tool in your repair kit. If this does not
reduce the slow leak, and you have ruled out a puncture,
you might need replacement valves.
First locate the leak by the methods
above. Soapy water will bubble out
from the source of the leak.
To replace your valve, use the
aforementioned Halkey-Roberts
tool to remove the old valve. Turn
in a counterclockwise manner to
remove the outer valve
Thoroughly clean the area
surrounding the leak to remove any
dirt or grime.
The inner valve is loose, so make
sure you hold the hull so that it
does not move.
Cut a piece of repair material large
enough to overlap the damaged
area by approximately 1/2". Round
off the edges, and place over the
damaged area. Using a ball point
pen, trace the outline of the patch.
Angle the pen inward a bit so that
the ink will be covered by the patch
later.
Put the new outer valve in place
and tighten by hand until secure.
Use the black Halkey-Roberts
valve replacement tool to tighten
completely.
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Apply adhesive to the underneath
side of patch and around the area
to be repaired. Coat the affected
area lightly but completely with
glue.
19 N. Columbia St., Suite 1,
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Ph (631) 473 7308 Fax(631) 473 7398
E-mail: staff@SeaEagle.com
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