help with backbone installation

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help with backbone installation

Post by caseylefko » Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:37 pm

We are new kayakers and have the AE inflatable two person convertible kayak. We got the backbone because we read it was important for better tracking. But even with the backbone, the kayak still tracks to the right. I fear we are not installing it exactly right, but the instructions are pretty minimal. Is there a video or more detailed instructions that we can see to help us get it right? Does anyone have advice about how to correct tracking to the right? Thanks!

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Post by JimD » Thu Sep 01, 2011 5:00 pm

There's a video at

Take a look at all the video's posted by that source, and take a look at the support/video links under the homepage for more info, plus some video's uploaded by other users.


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Post by sonar » Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:48 pm

Hi caseylefko

Welcome to the forum.

The other thing worth noting is that the kayak will continue in the direction that the last paddle was used.

If the last paddle stroke was with your left hand the kayak will continue to vear to the right. and vice versa.

Wind and water also affect direction while paddling.

Having said the above it is just information

Enjoy your kayak.

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Post by dspid2404 » Fri Sep 02, 2011 3:03 am

Caseylefko - As stated, watch the videos. The main thing to watch out for is to keep the backbone centered with the fin and the skid plate. You also need to make sure you put the floor in correctly (hose to the right) and also centered in the kayak. The best way to center the floor is to put a few marks on the center line in the floor and center the floor on the backbone all the way from one end to the other.

So, first you inflate tube 1; Install the backbone (centered on fin and skid plate); install floor (centered on backbone) and laided flat underneath the main tubes; inflate tube 2; inflate floor; then the rest. If done correctly it should run true. Good luck.

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thanks for the help!

Post by caseylefko » Fri Sep 02, 2011 7:56 am

Thanks for the backbone help. We're going out again today and we'll try all the suggestions.

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