Reparing old Klepper paddles

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overland
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Reparing old Klepper paddles

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I've got a couple of old Klepper paddles that have some delamination. The biggest issue on both is that some of the outer mahogany lamination, which is paper thin, is coming off. I was going to try to glue it down, and then I thought, what's the point? I'm thinking of stripping off whatever is loose and then sheathing the blades with lightweight fiberglass--maybe 2 oz--and epoxy. That's how I make canoe paddles. Is there any reason not to try this?

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Re: Reparing old Klepper paddles

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That should work well. You could also re-glue the laminations with epoxy. I would wrap it in wax paper and clamp. Tape the clamps or blocks just in case.

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Re: Reparing old Klepper paddles

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The problem is the paddle is curved, making it hard to clamp. What do you suggest? The clamping block needs to be curved.

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Are they really worth repairing? My best paddle for my Aerius 2 is a Nautiraid Eskimo. Quite slender blades and I think they make one the same length as the one Klepper provide with their boats, also a longer length if you wanted one. Which is what I have. (I threw away my delaminated Klepper ones)

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Epoxy does not require high pressure. You just need enough to hold the laminations together. A couple of clamps over doorskin might do it, or Styrofoam.

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Re: Reparing old Klepper paddles

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Are they worth repairing? I suppose they are, but not worth putting a lot time and effort into it. I think I'll do something quick and dirty. I do like the Nautiraid Eskimo paddles. I've got a little experience making canoe paddles; maybe a kayak paddle is next on the list!

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Re: Reparing old Klepper paddles

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In that case you might just use some gorilla tape and keep it as a spare paddle.
My Dad made a paddle from a spruce 2x4 by just carving it down. It is light, flexible and easy to use. It is my favorite paddle, largely because age and shoulder injuries make wider blades a literal pain.

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