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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:01 pm 
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I am in need of 2 14' x 9" air bladders for my Klepper Passat. The 2 rubber bladders that I have for it are no longer repairable. Any body have any ideas on replacements or alternatives? I am trying to think out of the box but going no where.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:33 pm 
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I haven't had my Passat out in several years, I would suggest you compare the diameter of the Passat bladders with the AII bladders. Or the folks may be able to help.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:54 pm 
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I will check them out thanks


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:52 pm 
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I have found that float bags for white water canoeing are ideal for folders as they’re significantly larger than typical kayak bags. If they’re too big that’s not not a problem. They’ll expand into the spaces in the frame and hold in tight. Put them above cargo bags and they’ll keep the cargo from shifting.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 5:40 pm 
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Inflation bags are not that difficult to make. You can get the heat-sealable coated nylon and Boston type valves as well as instructions from this fellow who sells materials and kits for making inflatable packrafts (link below). I purchased such items from him to make replacement long skinny sponsons (about the same dimensions) for a couple of Pakboat folding kayaks.

https://www.diypackraft.com

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:41 pm 
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Guys, thanks for the ideas.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:49 pm 
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Well, I ordered some material and valves from diypackraft. I am going to try and make the air sponsors myself. Materials are suppose to arrive late April so I hope to sail the Passat in May.


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