Tech Info and FAQ's :
Do I need to register my boat?
You need to check the local or state requirements where you will be using your boat, but
in most states you must register an inflatble especially if you use an outboard motor on
What is the best way to clean my inflatable?
There are many cleaners available designed specifically for inflatables. Our best advise
is for you to ask the people you bought your boat from what they recommend. Cleaning
should be done as frequently as necessary, especially on white boats. Once your boat is
clean, we recommend using a protectant on the boat. Again, there are many protectants
designed specifically for inflatable boats. Avoid using any products that contain silicone
because silicone can be absorbed into the fabric over time, and it can make gluing
difficult or impossible if you ever have to repair your boat or attach any accesories.
How do I stop marine growth from forming on the bottom of the boat?
The best way to prevent growth is by applying an anti-fouling paint formulated
specifically for inflatable boats. There are several brands available and you should be
able to find one at either the location you purchased your inflatable, or at a marine
store that carries bottom paint. Be sure to follow the manufacturers' directions for
proper adhesion and performance.
My boat floor flexes when getting up on plane.
Check the air chambers to make sure the boat has proper pressure. If your boat has an
inflatable keel, check that as well. The pressure in the main tubes and the keel should be
2.8 PSI. If you have a high pressure drop stitch inflatable floor, it is important that
the floor is also properly inflated. The proper pressure for the floor is 8.7 PSI. When a
boat is under pressure, the floors will flex or the bottom of the boat will have more drag
causing the boat not to perform properly. The best way to check the pressure is by
purchasing an air pressure gauge that gives an exact pressure reading.
I am getting a lot of water coming over the transom while running the boat.
First we need to determine where the water is coming from. It may be that the motor is
setting too deep on the transom and splash is off of the lower unit. The proper way to
adjust the engine height is to run a straight line along the keel line of the boat and
make sure that the fin of the engine above the prop is even with the bottom of the boat.
You may need to adjust up and down up to 3/16" for best results.
My boat seems to be losing air. How do I determine where my boat may be leaking air from?
The first step is to visually inspect the boat for any signs of abrasion or small holes.
If the boat seems to appear OK, then there are other areas to check. Make a soapy solution
in a spray bottle and first spray around the valve and valve bases. If there is a problem
with the valve, the solution will bubble. The o-ring or the flapper, or in an older boat
even the valve itself may need to be replaced. Other areas to check for leaks would be the
seam areas. Spray all the seams and along the rub strake and also around the end cones.
Any air leaks will cause small air bubbles to form from the soapy water solution. If you
do find air leakage, the location will determine the best way to resolve the issue. A
simple repair can be done by yourself, but if the problem is more severe plase refer the
repair to a professional for best results.
What type of glue do use to repair my Achilles?
All Achilles boats are made of Hypalon fabric. Small repairs can be made with a one part
Hypalon glue, however for any larger repair, or for the attachment of any accessories, we
recommend the use of a 2-part Hypalon adhesive. These are available from most inflatable
dealers, or from most major retailers as well. You must also be sure to use Hypalon fabric
when repairing your Achilles.
I need to get parts for my 20 year old Achilles boat. How do I know what model I have?
If your boat has a transom, look for the metal ID plate. Located on this plate is your
model number and the identification number. We need the model number and the last 2 digits
of your serial number which is your model year. If this info is not available or
undecipherable, we need as accurate a description of your boat as possible. The
information we need are the color, length, what type of seating the boat has, etc. Then we
should be able to help you determine what model you have. The good news is that most of
the parts available today are interchangeable with the parts that were used on your 20
year old Achilles.