Quick Tips for Installation
- Determine which side of your raft and the direction the Swiftcast will face before assembling the Swiftcast.
- Install the universal mounts on the channel extrusion before installing the nose cone or reel box
- Unstrap and elevate your frame off your raft when installing your Swiftcast. It will make the process of tightening the universal mounts much easier.
- Using a 4mm mini ratchet or 4mm driver will accelerate the installation process.
- If you are concerned about the pipe clip popping off, you can use a rubberband looped around the tube with the ends around the pipe clip thumb tab.
- Never clean your Swiftcast with liquid solvents such as acetone. Soap and water only.
Which t-track must I install the universal mount into when assembling my Swiftcast?
It is important to first decide which side of your raft in which direction (forward or backwards facing) you want to mount your Swiftcast. For example, when mounting your Swiftcast on the starboard side (rowers right) facing backwards, you would want to install your mount on the bottom or right-side t-track. If facing forward, then the mount will go on the bottom or left-side t-track.
Which side of the oar tower should I mount my Swiftcast?
You can always mount your Swiftcast inboard of the oar tower and on with most standard frames, you can mount outboard of your oar tower with no trouble. If you have a Down River Equipment or Riverboat Works frame, you will need to purchase the Mount Extension to mount outboard of the oar tower.
Which direction should my Swiftcast face on my raft, forward facing or backwards facing?
The Swiftcast is designed to be universal and modular so you can adapt it to your specific needs. With some narrower profile rafts (Flycraft, Smithfly, River Rat) we have found it best to mount them backwards facing, but stick with what works best for you
I have two sizes of bracket bolts, which should I use based on the diameter of my raft frame?
If your raft frame is 1-5/8” outside diameter or smaller, replace the 30MM universal mount bolts with the 20MM mount bolts that are included in the orange labeled package included in your Swiftcast package. If the diameter is larger than 1-5/8” use the 30.
How far apart should my universal mounts be?
It is important for your universal mounts be a minimum of 3.5ft from one another to provide proper support for the Swiftcast. The longer the distance, the better.
Should I worry about the universal mount damaging my raft?
Where the universal mount contacts your raft, apply foam tape found in the orange card hardware package. There are two strips of foam tape to be used with each universal mount. Also, ensuring your frame is tightly and securely strapped down to your raft will help prevent abrasion.
Tube Assembly FAQs
Does it matter how I install the pipe clip?
The pipe clips are designed to attach the tube in two directions (top or bottom). It is best to attach the clips from the bottom to prevent the thumb tab from snagging and popping off.
Should the tube stick out past the edge of my raft?
No. The standard Swiftcast is designed to fit within the outside edge of standard rafts 12-15ft long. If the tubes are sticking out beyond the edge of your raft, then you should loosen the mounting bolts on the universal mount and reposition your Swiftcast so the tubes are inboard on the raft edge. If your raft is less than 12ft long, then you will need to get a 12in straight tube to replace one of the 24in curved tubes. Please note, when making this change your Swiftcast will only be able to carry a 9ft rod. You can remove the tube end cap if you need to carry a rod longer than 9ft.
Do I need to secure the tubes in place on my raft or can I leave them loose?
Yes, you absolutely need to secure the tubes to your raft. If they are loose, they can potentially spin outboard of the raft edge or separate, which could cause damage to a rod. The Molle and Velcro strap is designed to secure the tube to the raft with the use of a cam strap or d-ring.
Can I leave the tubes on the Swiftcast when transporting my raft?
If the tubes are securely fastened to the raft, then it is okay to leave them installed during transport. Otherwise, it is advised to remove them to avoid damage.