ASSEMBLY

WaterStrider 2.0

INCORRECT ASSEMBLY CAN LEAD TO UNSTABLE FLIGHTS AND/OR CRASHES.  

  • If you have questions on proper assembly, please contact us.  
  • Please do not fly without being certain of proper assembly.
  • If you lost your instructions, or just want the latest version, they can be found here.
  • It is VERY important that the long legs go in the back.  If your WaterStrider is not assembled correctly, it will not be stable in flight.  Use the color indicators to know the difference, and ensure that the QuickDeploy snaps fully engage into the holes on the base mount.
  • Make sure all the pods are oriented the same way up-and-down.
  • We've included instructions showing how to install the hook and loop straps.  There are other ways that work equally well, and your personal preference may dictate a different solution.  Just make sure there is plenty of engagement between the hook side of the strap and the loop side of the strap, so that your WaterStrider is securely fastened to your DJI Phantom.
    • Once you've settled on a hook and loop strap configuration, consider trimming the excess length for a cleaner look.  

Assembly

WaterStrider Original

INCORRECT ASSEMBLY CAN LEAD TO UNSTABLE FLIGHTS AND/OR CRASHES.  

  • If you have questions on proper assembly, please contact us.  
  • Please do not fly without being certain of proper assembly.
  • If you lost your instructions, or just want the latest version, they can be found here.
  • It is VERY important that the long legs go in the back.  If your WaterStrider is not assembled correctly, it will not be stable in flight.
  • The carbon fiber tubes can be difficult to insert into the mount fittings in some instances.  This is by design because we want a consistently tight fit.  
    • Take the time to line up the hole in the mount fitting with the hole in the carbon fiber tube as much as possible.  It makes inserting the bolts much easier.
    • Double check each hole doesn't have a piece of plastic shaved off from inserting the carbon fiber leg at an incorrect angle.
    • Contact us if you still have problems.
  • If you have trouble inserting any of the bolts, make sure the holes are properly lined up.  Then, use light to moderate pressure on the bolt head by pressing on it with a standard flat-head screwdriver while rotating the screwdriver clockwise.  
  • If you have trouble inserting the bolts through the second half of the landing pod, try gently lifting on the side of the pod that hasn't yet accepted the bolt.  This helps get the necessary tight fit between the carbon fiber tube and the landing pod.  
  • The nuts should only be finger tight.  DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN!  
  • We've included instructions showing how to install the hook and loop straps.  There are other ways that work equally well, and your personal preference may dictate a different solution.  Just make sure there is plenty of engagement between the hook side of the strap and the loop side of the strap, so that your WaterStrider is securely fastened to your DJI Phantom.
    • Once you've settled on a hook and loop strap configuration, consider trimming the excess length for a cleaner look.  

INSTALLATION AND REMOVAL

Check out this quick video to learn how to properly install your WaterStrider on a DJI Phantom 3 and DJI Phantom 4!  It's quick and easy!    


flying

  • In addition to the tips below, we have some tips specific to the Phantom 4 which can be viewed here.
  • Do not fly with extra accessories installed (LED lights, prop guards, camera protectors, etc).  WaterStrider has not been tested on the Phantom with the weight of additional accessories, but it is known that too much weight can cause problems.
  • Your first flights should be in a wide, open space away from any obstacles or other people.  
  • Use gentle transitions and learn how your drone handles with WaterStrider installed.
  • Gentle turns help keep the pods out of the view of the camera.  Aggressive turns are likely to result in the pods entering the camera's field of view (just like with the propellers).
  • Don't descend straight down.  You can get into a vortex ring (aka "wobble of death") causing stability issues.  This condition is present in virtually all drones, even without WaterStrider attached, especially on calm days.  The solution is to apply some lateral movement (i.e. go down on a diagonal path) when descending.  You should, however, go straight down at the moment of touchdown to prevent a tip over.  
    • Note that the RTH (Return to Home) feature on both the Phantom 3 and Phantom 4 cause the drone to descend straight down.  If possible, use of this feature should be avoided.
  • If your system isn't responding like in our videos, something is wrong.  Please review the assembly instructions and the installation / removal instructions.  Please contact Support@DroneRafts.com if you need further help.  
  • DroneRafts LLC is not responsible for any crashes.  As with all drone flying, the ultimate responsibility lies with the Pilot In Command (PIC).  

resolving Issues

More than 90% of customer issues have been tracked back to improper assembly, installation, and / or improper flying.  Please read the assembly, installation and removal, and flying sections very carefully.  The most common issues are:

  • The drone is not centered in the white mount fittings which impacts the center of gravity and results in erratic behavior.
  • Additional payload is attached, and the aircraft can not handle the all up weight (especially in windy conditions), resulting in erratic behavior.  This includes prop guards, GPS units, and other aftermarket products.
  • The straps are not attached tight enough, allowing the WaterStrider to rock relative to the Phantom, resulting in erratic behavior.  
  • The front and rear legs are swapped during assembly which impacts both the center of gravity and aerodynamics, resulting in erratic behavior. 
  • The pilot in command is too aggressive on starts and stops, resulting in over-corrections by the drone's control system.  

If you have read through all the tips and are still having trouble, please contact us.  


Maintenance

We have a couple quick tips to help you maintain your WaterStrider:

  • Do not store your WaterStrider in your garage.  Gasoline fumes can break down polymers over time.
  • Do not store your WaterStrider in direct sunlight for long periods of time.  Long-term direct exposure of UV rays can cause the polymers to break down.  If for some reason this is an issue, simply wipe the plastic with a UV protector like 303 Aerospace Protectant (widely available via Amazon.com) periodically per the instructions.
  • Your hook and loop straps can get dirty over time, and will be less effective.  If you use your WaterStrider a lot and need more hook and loop straps, they are easy to buy online.  Any similar 8" long x ½" wide hook and loop straps will suffice.  In a pinch, nylon zip ties also work, although usually they aren't reusable.  
  • After a hard landing, completely disassemble the WaterStrider and inspect each part.  Pay special attention to the center cross brace and around the bolt holes in the pods.  Contact us for replacement parts.