If there is anyone out there in Ontario with a Klepper, how about forming a sort of casual group for get to-gethers for paddling and sailing on infrequent occasions, perhaps staying in provincial parks.
SMcW, just a little more info.The EverGreeN canoe Co who also sold Kayaks sold or tried to sell Kleppers i saw a Klepper Aerius 1 fitted with an M1 sail in their premises a few years ago, they were on Oxford Street in Toronto, now it is The Complete Paddler and i am sure they don,t sell Kleppers, The M1 sail is not made anymore by Klepper but i think the main sail used in the S1 sail rig is about the same size. The Aerius 2 is great for camping and sailing but i think that outriggers make the Klepper S2/4 sail rig safer as turning turtle is quite common without them. If you have viewed my photos you will see i like Pacific Action sails although their up-wind performance is not so good (for me) There are a number of people in the Toronto area with Kleppers so you might be able to find one. I am in Northern Ontario at Manitouwadge.
For all you Klepper people and anyone else in Canada check the current Canadian coast guard regulations on the safety equipment you should have in your kayak, they say you don,t have to wear a PFD, big mistake, if you capsize and your PFD is floating away faster than you can reach it, then it might be good bye, and that lasts a long time (untill i check it out) I,m not sure about a bright light, "navigation" lights might be better although i wouldnt fancy being in a position where i could be mowed down in the dark or early light. A bright light on top of the mast might be ok if it,s within regulations.
EXTRA flotation, as we know the klepper has inflatable sponsons and klepper use to indicate this is all the flotation required, but it has been apparent that more is needed and if you get your klepper full of water extra flotation in the form of air bags in the bow and stern help to reduce the volume of water in the boat, this is something that has never happened to me but it,s like insurance, a good thing to have and better if you never need it. What i use are slim DAGGER bags two or three can be tied in the bow and stern section, the advantage of two or three bags is that if one was to somehow leak the air out you still have some floatation, it is possible to have one larger bag and i have one, it is by SERRATUS size #1, i bought it at MEC in Toronto but can,t find it on their web site, it fills the bow section nicely, but remember to tie these in before inserting the bow and stern section into the skin.I will add photos on my page.
MEL, nice to see you found the float bags, My folders are Aerius 2s one of which is in the photo showing the bags . For paper maps i have a program called "SOFT MAP 5" and i can print the areas which i want of course if used on the water waterproof bags are required. I print at 1-50000 which is the general topo size and they are the size of standard print paper, i print the areas i need and it saves having large maps and not needing most of it, they have the same faults as the topo maps we buy in the shops in that they (in Ontario) are 30 or so years out of date, the firm sells programs for all provinces and my son did all the computer "loading" as i am hopeless at that sort of thing. Cameras, i have the Pentax W10, ( now W60) one thing i don,t like is there is no view finder, last time i was going to the U K i left it in the jeep in Thunder Bay so over there i bought a Fuji fine pix like a small single lens reflex i use it a lot but it,s not waterproof, i am thinking of getting the Nikon coolpix p6000 it has a view finder but isn,t waterproof either, i find the screens to be bad in sunshine. A folding kayak forum here, we could have one but i don,t think it would be popular, look at the poor numbers at Klepper America, Folbot have their own.
Well this year i held another informal get together for Klepper owners at Thessalon on the north shore of Lake Huron. Thessalon is not far from Sault St Marie although it,s about 500 km by road from Manitouwadge. I stayed at the Carolyn motor inn which is really a motel with a decent restaurant plus a private beach with access to the lake, so it has a lot going for it so i was able to paddle and sail using my Pacific Action sail. Of course like last years get together at Neys Provincial Park on Lake Superior i was alone so get togethers are not popular, next years get together will be at an unknown lake in Northern Ontario, all being well .
Well John who knows perhaps I and the Nautiraid will join you next year. Sounds like the best kind of get together You, boat and water. A PA sial I sold to some folks doing the North west passage mane it from Kugluktuk to Polatuk this season amd should finish next year. Last year they wanted a couple of wind crusiers from wind paddle as they already had one PA . At christmas they contacted me and wanted another PA which they much prefered.Cheers Greg
Another good recommendation for the Pacific Action sail. Coming to northern Ontario, it,s a long way for a paddle and no doubt very expensive with extra cost for a fold up boat. If i could get away some where in between might be more in line perhaps in the Rockies or some part of Alberta then maybe others might be interested although very unlikely.