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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:37 pm 

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Hi All -

I m new to kayaking and paddling but saw a deal on craigslist and have become obsessed with the idea of getting this Klepper seaworthy again. I'm not even sure what all the parts are that I'll need. I emailed Long Haul and Max Wellhouse. Both gave great tips so far. Here's a link to pics of the parts I have. I tried to show the damage pretty well. Some metal parts are badly coroded/cracked/disintegrated. A coupe areas of wood damage too.

Any tips?


PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:56 pm 
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That hull looks to be in surprisingly good shape for a rubber hull- no cracks, unless I just can't see them. You'll have to make a lot of new wooden parts, but you have the old ones for patterns. Use good marine plywood or Appleply or Baltic Birch- something without voids. You can buy replacement aluminum fittings, or get steel ones from Mark, or maybe even make your own. Looks like a great project. Mark got his start by respiring Kleppers as a hobby, you know ;-)

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 4:43 pm 
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Parts can also be bought from Germany. There are lots of bits of old frames for sale on, some of them from companies that seem to specialise in taking old frames and selling them off as parts. Check out for example. (Google translate can help you if you don't read german.) But that route becomes more expensive once you take shipping and customs into account. (These might be avoidable if you have business or friends in Europe who could take delivery for you and bring them back to you in North America.)
Good luck with getting your old boat back in the water.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 5:01 pm 
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Strictly judging by the photo's, I would say that you have a very nice skin with a Hypalon hull! Hypalon is typically shiny and light grey. The older rubber hulls would be dull silverish grey, or somewhat glossy silver if they were waxed with the old silver wax.
Again, going by the photo's, are you missing all frames (as in ribs) and stem plus stern pieces? To replace these, the most straightforward would be to locate used ones, or even an entire frame. OTOH, if you need new, the (former?, since Kleppers are now made in Poland by Wayland) German OEM supplier to Klepper sells the bare wood pieces now directly:
BTW, any frame pieces which are not Finnish Birch plywood, are Ash. Both materials are available at better hardwood dealers. In my neck of the woods it is MacBeath Hardwoods in Berkeley, as an example.
If you do make your own pieces, and don't have the originals as a template, you will need an accurate pattern for each piece. Should you decide on this route, I am quite willing to send you tracings from my own pieces. Old school, as in pencil on paper!


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