My Klepper Folding Kayak
The Klepper kayak is rather unusual, because within minutes the entire kayak can be disassembled without tools and stored in two carrying bags. To make this possible, the Klepper has a wooden frame that uses a very clever arrangement of interlocking parts. The frame fits into a one-piece hull made of canvas and rubberized fabric. Here are some details for the Aerius Single:
|Length||Beam||Waterline Beam||Weight||Payload||Packing Dimensions|
|15 ft 0 in||28 in||21 in||55 lbs||575 lbs||52x14x10 in, 31x16x9 in|
|The Klepper all assembled and on the boat cart; I'm ready to go paddling.|
The keel consists of two interlocking wooden boards, each with an extension board forming (respectively) the bow and stern. Attached vertically to the keel are six plywood bulkheads that define the overall shape of the kayak. Attached to each side of the boat are two long interlocking boards that clip to the bow and stern extensions and to each bulkhead. The top of the frame has a small bow and stern strut and two wooden pieces that define the cockpit coaming. In addition, there are eight wooden rods that run fore-and-aft to help define the shape of the boat. Add to this a seat and a backrest, which attach to the frame, and you have a total of 28 pieces.
The one-piece hull consists of two different materials. The lower part of the hull is made of hypalon, a waterproof rubberized fabric. The uppermost part of the hull is made of cotton canvas. This lets the hull "breathe" so the interior can dry out. Along the interior of each side of the hull are the sponsons, which are long inflatable tubes stowed inside protective sleeves. Once the boat is assembled, you inflate the sponsons. This causes some pressure between the frame and the hull so the hull fabric becomes taut. The inflated sponsons will also keep the boat afloat even if it is completely swamped.
Carrying Bags and Accessories
Once the boat is disassembled, the long wooden pieces go into a long canvas bag about the size of a golf club bag. I also put my take-apart paddle in this bag. The hull gets folded up and stowed in a large rucksack. The bulkheads, seat, and backrest go in a small canvas bag which I also put in the rucksack. Presto! One kayak becomes two carrying bags.
If that was everything, that would be great. But if you're into any hobby, you know there are the inevitable accessorieslots and lots of accessories. The major accessories for the Klepper are the boat cart and the rudder assembly. I can put these in the rucksack, but if I'm schlepping everything by car, I usually have separate carrying bags for accessories and gear. I have a full breakdown of all my accessories and gear on another page.
To see pictures of my Klepper being assembled, click on the links later in this page.
What I Like About the Klepper
What I Dislike About the Klepper
Klepper assembly - See how I assemble my Klepper kayak. ( page 1 2 3 )
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