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#1 Wandering Sagebrush

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Posted 29 December 2019 - 08:05 PM

The new folding kayak arrived mid month, and I finally had time (and a dry day) to assemble the ‘yacht’.   It  took a bit over an hour, checking each step with the tutorial and learning the techniques and nuances. A bit heavier than I expected, but superbly made.

 

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Posted 29 December 2019 - 08:43 PM

Nice.Will you fold it back to transport it?

Will it take shorter time once you know how to set it up?

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Posted 29 December 2019 - 08:45 PM

Beautiful!

 

Reminds me of a Klepper - is it?


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Posted 29 December 2019 - 08:47 PM

Congratulations.  That is a yacht, by the standards with which I will be floating, come spring.  That might even be sail worthy...?


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Posted 29 December 2019 - 09:01 PM

That’s some serious engineering in that build! Congrats! Their web site is impressive with all the videos. Keep us posted on your experience with the new vessel. 


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Posted 29 December 2019 - 10:09 PM

Beautiful!

 

Reminds me of a Klepper - is it?

It is basically a Klepper Aerius II, with upgrades in materials and workmanship.   Mark Eckhart, the owner of Long Haul has been repairing Klepper boats for about 20+ years.  He took what he learned, and started making them in the US.  I believe Klepper is now being made in Poland.

 

Frank, I will keep it assembled a lot of the time, only packing it up for travel and long term storage.

 

Crumbs, yes they are often sailed.  I have a Balough sail from an older kayak, but haven’t decided if I will sail this boat.  Oregon is now making people license a sailboat over 12 feet, and I am hesitant about putting permanent markings on the deck.

 

Wayne, thanks!


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Posted 29 December 2019 - 10:28 PM

Hi Sage

 

Good for you both.

 

We have had Kleppers for a very long time and had Long Haul make a new hull for Hopes single about twenty years back..

 

They are excellent sea boats although ours mostly found use in lakes camping.

 

As it happens we recently found new homes for our two singles.......still have an older double that needs duct tape on the hull for one more go around in life.

 

Anyone want to buy an OLD Klepper double ?

 

David Graves


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#8 Wandering Sagebrush

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Posted 29 December 2019 - 10:34 PM

David, I’m going to have to pass on the Klepper.  As we say (and mangle words) out here in the West, I’m up to my liniment on kayaks.


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Posted 30 December 2019 - 12:09 AM

Sage

 

The assembly process will go faster .....after ten-fifteen years of break in !

 

There are some tricks to assembly but practice....and a shady place to work.... make perfect.

 

We did use a 4 X 20 blue tarp as a ground cloth to build on.....very helpful if building on beach sand.

These long narrow tarps are sold for covering piled firewood

 

I have two sail rigs if you ever want to try it....very complex.....the older one has Egyption cotton sails !

 

A wonderful character of the Klepper is that they flex with waves ....great in hard waves and relives the structure from stress of breakers and the like.

 

In Baja. we would transport the boats down from Oregon, assemble them once and carry on top during the time spent there......too heavy for a Hawk tho.

 

Enjoy!


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#10 Wandering Sagebrush

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Posted 30 December 2019 - 12:27 AM

David, I have an old travel trailer awning that I use for the boats, plus inside tents to keep Fritz the Wonder Dog from putting his nails through the floor.  It’s a little wider than the ones you have.

 

Re:  sail rigs I have a BSD, but would have to modify the kayak for a mast step, outriggers and leeboards.  I’m just not sure I want to do that.  Maybe a kite.  
 

Do you know Dave Kruger in Astoria?  He’s another folding boater.

 

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