Quest 155 Assembly Part 3 (Steps 11-14 + Repair Instruction)

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Quest 155 Assembly Part 3 (Steps 11-14 + Repair Instruction)

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11. 3 aluminum parts under the deck in front of the cockpit will support the deck. Hold the straight rods up against the deck so that the free ends are at the forward tip of the cockpit and the plastic clips facing down. Pivot the cross brace forward, then up and back towards the cockpit so that it is caught by the plastic clips on the straight rods. The plastic clips should be between the plastic rings on the cross brace.

12. The cockpit rim consists of 4 shock corded aluminum pieces with bends. Please assemble it, and connect the two ends together. The narrow end should face towards the bow. Insert the cockpit rim under the deck at both ends. Place the bow under the top of the cockpit and set the snap. Pull the rear end of the cockpit rim up so it fits snugly in the deck cockpit opening. Run the elastic cord (that is attached behind the cockpit) around the cockpit to the front, tighten it well and continue around the cockpit to the rear so that it fits twice around the cockpit below the cockpit rim. This will keep the cockpit rim securely in position to support a spray skirt.

13. There are fabric flaps attached to the sides of the hull on each side between the cockpit and the bow and between the cockpit and the stern. Fold all of them up over the deck and secure the elastic cords with the plastic hooks. Adjust the cords so the hooks line up along the center of the deck. Your Quest is fully assembled.

14. Before you go paddling, inflate the thigh support at the forward end of the seat (this is designed to be inflated by mouth). It is easiest to overinflate and then let out some air once you are seated until the seat feels just right. Tighten the elastic cord that is attached to the back band. It should hold the back band up and pull it back so you can adjust it with the side straps once you are seated.


The most common repairs will be abrasions or punctures to the boat skin. Those are easily repaired with the supplied repair kit. Please note: The Clifton brand adhesive in the repair kit is by far the best we have found to make repairs on polyurethane material.

1. Cut a patch large enough to cover the damaged area plus a ¾” (2 cm) area around the damage. Round the corners. Make sure the repair area and the patch are clean. Cover both with a thin layer of adhesive. Wait for the adhesive surfaces to feel dry to the touch. Apply patch. The boat can go back on the water immediately, but the bond will continue to cure for about 24 hours.

2. For temporary frame repairs we recommend duct tape – with wooden splints as needed.

3. Do not use duct tape on fabric surfaces unless you have to. Its adhesive makes a real mess, and permanent patches are really easy.

There is no need for regular maintenance, but we recommend that you rinse out the boat with fresh water after use in salt water and let the kayak dry completely before putting it in long term storage. The kayak can be stored packed or assembled. The best is a cool and dry place. Cold and dry is fine too – even well below freezing. But we avoid handling the boat when it is extremely cold.

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