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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:00 pm 

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Reading what I can find on the subject it sounds like Folbot was treading water a decade before it closed shop, a victim of the recent depression. I take it some of the assets sold at auction, and it's not clear, but it sounds as if the core of the outfit was packed away for a better day. With today's surging economy maybe the better day is here. Has anyone been in contact with whomever owns the rights to Folbot? With money in folks pockets and recreation on people's minds I think a new modern Folbot company could do very well.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:25 pm 

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Were I 30 years younger and of independent means I would relish the job. I love the Aleut, Yukon, and GII models as being suited to my purpose and a good value in the folding kayak world. Now for a reality check.

Even in this robust economy I'm not sure a manufacturer of $2k - $3k folding kayaks could survive. The reality is that the consumer market has moved away from sit-in kayaks to stand-up paddleboards and sit-on-top fishing kayaks. Plastic recreational sit-in kayaks can be had at Ace Hardware for $300. Most airlines charge extra for checked bags, making traveling with a folding kayak less attractive than it used to be.

I believe that reference models have been stored to allow for reverse engineering one day. Of course lots of Folbots are still out there being used. There is still hope that one day someone will resurrect the brand.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:58 pm 
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I can,t see Folbot or any other folder manufacturers who have closed shop coming back for many years. Most of the owners of folders are getting on in years and younger people at present want instant things that are new tech. Where I live on one of a cluster of small islands the only folders are mine, Folbot and Klepper. I have the only Triak on the islands and the only Hobie. It is very difficult for anyone who sells folders to keep finding new customers they probably have to stock lower cost sit on tops and paddle boards to try and have some cash flow. The people here who buy kayaks buy the cheapest sit on top available. Years ago groups like the Scouts would build skin on frame kayaks that created an interest that could last a lifetime, but I doubt if they make any kayaks now.

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