Complete Folding Kayaker (2nd Edition) by Ralph Diaz

By Ralph Diaz

Ralph Díaz - entire Folding Kayaker
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“An encyclopedia of precious knowledge.”—Canoe & Kayak

Folding kayaks are the single seaworthy boats you could shop within the nook of a small closet and hold to the bay, lake, river, or ocean of your selection. Ralph Díaz, editor and writer of the Folding Kayaker e-newsletter for greater than ten years, has used and labored on the majority of the folding kayak types to be had and understands the entire fine details of selecting, assembling, paddling, touring, enhancing, and retaining them.

The entire Folding Kayaker, the 1st consultant to selecting, utilizing, and having fun with this such a lot releasing of private watercraft, is now up to date with extra boat reports, extra amendment tips from readers of Folding Kayaker, and a brand new bankruptcy on meeting. So pack your kayak in your subsequent event at the water!

“Indispensable.”—Atlantic Coastal Kayaker

“Ralph has written, fairly actually, the folding kayaker’s bible.”—Robert Huszar, ANorAK

“An crucial source for someone drawn to procuring a foldable.”—Outdoor Traveler

“This ebook is the single to get to be able to know about folding kayaks.”—Cape Codder

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The seamstresses usually work on specific orders rather than just make decks for stock. The same sewing machines used for making the deck fittings sew the spraydecks, spray skirts, sails, and the bags used to store and carry the boats. Klepper has a special proprietary process for attaching decks to hulls. First, using the heavy-duty sewing machines mentioned above, the seamstresses sew a ribbon binding to the perimeter of the deck. This ribbon binding, unique to Klepper, is about an inch wide and made of a specially blended material.

Lindemann was so independent that he bought his Klepper out of his own pocket from a dealer in Germany. He had the boat mailed to him in the Canary Islands, then set out for the Caribbean with some modified sails, a primitive outrigger, and 154 pounds of canned food, garlic, beer, and water. Seventytwo days and 3,000 miles later he emerged from a Caribbean rain squall to startle some onlookers on a beach in St. Martin. He made the cover of Life magazine in 1957 25 26 Complete Folding Kayaker and wrote a very popular book, Alone at Sea.

Several other developments helped sales. In 1953, the company introduced its new Klepper Aerius model that for the first time in- Hannes Lindemann’s transatlantic Klepper. 23 24 Complete Folding Kayaker A VISIT TO A FACTORY Have you ever been curious about how a typical folding kayak like a Klepper is made? Forget those images of Bavarian craftsmen whittling out ribs, apprentices forging fittings, seamstresses with spectacles perched low on their noses sewing away by hand. It isn’t like that, and never was, even in Hans Klepper’s time.

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