Klepper kayaks

#1
Looking for photos of Klepper canoes please. Also info on mods to make them even better.
Always looking out for Kleppers double and single seaters and parts. So if you have one you wanna sell, or parts surplus to requirements, please get in touch. PM me to get my e-mail.
If you don't know what one is then don't bother asking :D

D_B
 
#8
How the feck did you find my passport photo ??
I have to travel this way - incognito - otherwise women keep chasing me around and ripping my clothes off and forcing me to have my wicked way with them :D :D :D As you can now see, thanks to Deputy, there is enough of me to go around !

D_B
 
#9
Are these any good to you?







 
#10
as long as you stand at the top of a dune you can lob rocks at them all day long they can't climb at all though they get really pissed off.
as the unfortunate Norwegian film crew found out :twisted:
* Obviously no members of hmaf would spend there time needlessly provoking wild animals as that would be cruel and stupid
 

Cutaway

LE
Kit Reviewer
#11
dogs_bollox said:
Looking for photos of Klepper canoes please. Also info on mods to make them even better.
Always looking out for Kleppers double and single seaters and parts. So if you have one you wanna sell, or parts surplus to requirements, please get in touch. PM me to get my e-mail.
If you don't know what one is then don't bother asking :D

D_B
While Kleppers are great once on the manzi, otherwise they're 35 kgs* of rondvok which can 'easily' be stuffed into two 'man packable' bags that are each, in different ways, just as impossible to get in/on your bergan.

Do you use them for fun ?

* prior to filling with water.
 
#13
I want one to go touring with my son now he's big enough to paddle his weight (and hopefully mine as long as he doesn't look behind him :lol: ) AND I think that they look as ally as fook. Like my missus, they look great, are high maintenance and can take an awful lot of sh*t before they try to kill you :wink:
I hope shes not looking :?

D_B
 
#14
Here are some user facts that might help.
They were only made in green or blue until a few years ago. They weigh 120lbs all up so if you split it for trekking etc expect you ( or even worse ) your son to be carrying about 60 lbs each on top of whatever else you have. Klepper made a mast/sail kit foir them too if you find yourself lucky enough to have a favourable breeze.
New they are nice and tight and all the fittings are flush but with time some of the bits become worn or loose but once you blow the side air bags up you will be unsinkable ( almost). Klepper have a website.
They used to cost ( bout 8 years ago) approx £1500 so expect to pay out way more than some of the inflatable ( proper exploring )ones that you see on ebay etc.
Expect to atke approx 30 mins between the two of you to put it together once you have it sussed, expect to take all day when you dont ! At a push can be put together on your own but slow and frustrating.
 
#15
Cheers Balloonhead. What you've said pretty much ties in with what I already understood but 'Ally' is as 'Ally' does (screw efficiency) and I would be quite happy to put up with all the agro' to have one of those babies ! 8) I also like the concept of them and since the touring would be mostly car supported or rail and taxi, it's not a bad way to get about.
I don't expect to get one on the cheap, just getting the chance to get one would be good.
D_B
 

Cutaway

LE
Kit Reviewer
#16
Dogs, here you go.

Balloonhead, which models were you using ? They sound a lot heavier than ours.
 
#17
You wont be sorry you get one ( if you do) . If I was planning a venture like that Klepper would be first thing on kit list. I used one quite a bit years ago when I was support crew for two Marines who did the full length of mississippi in one about 1995. Also I hear some Marines re traced the steps of the Cockleshell Heroes ( Op Frankton) about a month ago using newer versions. There may be better bits of kit around but these babys are bombproof-hopefully you wont need to test that theory !
 
#18
Mr_Deputy said:
Fez is that a re-make of Cockleshell Heroes?

(or just a good day out?)

A bit of both Mr Deputy, you spotter. :)

The story of Operation Frankton, better known as the Cockleshell Heroes after the 1950s film of the same name, is a story of one of the most daring and innovative special forces raids of the Second World War. Led by the then Major ‘Blondie’ Hasler, Operation Frankton was a canoe raid on German merchant shipping in Bordeaux harbour in December 1942. Of the ten Royal Marines who embarked from the submarine HMS Tuna, with the aim of sinking the shipping, all but two were either drowned or captured and shot. The British Canoe Union Hasler finals are named after Blondie Hasler and the winning trophy depicts a military and civilian canoeist standing together.

In April 2007, eleven Officer Cadets from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, together with a small number of permanent staff and sea canoe instructors, followed the same route taken by Hasler and his party in 1942. Canoeing is a recognised military Adventurous Training activity that helps to build self-knowledge, gives an understanding of how people behave under pressure and unfamiliar situations and practises decision-making and team work. The trip combined the benefits of canoeing with what was effectively a water-borne battlefield tour.
 
#19
Cheers Cutaway. I'll have to have a butchers when I get home. Whatever it is you sent me doesn't get past my work computer's limiter :evil:
I understood that a standard Klepper weighed in at about 70lb and a single about 60lb. You could get a whole one in a 'rucksack' drybag with kit if I was told right.
D_B
 
#20
they were using ones straight out boat store at RM Poole so I assume they were the real thing :)
I have one downstairs now which I can go and check weigh if you like to confirm but we worked on 60lbs for all the woodwork, paddles, stringers, rudder etc bagged up and 60lbs for the skin ( extra few pounds if wet).

http://www.klepperservicecenter.de
Prices, colours, options,weights etc all on above link
 

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