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David Van Cleave
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Beginner kayaker. Writer-editor with MITRE Corp.
What boats do you paddle?
Klepper Aerius II 35-years old
What paddle(s) do you use?
Original Klepper paddles
What other paddle gear do you use?

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At 4:29am on January 3, 2014, john allsop said…

David, I have been off the site for some time, now that the winter is firmly established, apart from a little snowshoeing, when it warms up a bit, and a lot of snow shovelling, i can look members up. Did you come up with your roof rack ideas? although i don,t put the assembled Klepper on the wagon or Jeep roof just maybe i might try it as i have to do it with my Triak. Last summer although a poor one, i managed to get out on many day trips on local lakes. This year all being well and i don,t let things get in the way i want to go again on Lake Superior.

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At 9:52pm on July 22, 2012, john allsop said…

David i have never car topped my Aerius 2, but many people do. Have you seen the folding web site there is a section dedicated to kleppers and one for each of the other main folders plus other boats. So i won,t try to guess about car topping. I did car top my hard shell and had a line to the front and the back with a "stretchy thing" incorpricated to allow some up and down. But i would suggest you join the foldind kayak forum and say you want to car top, there will i expect, be plenty of replys. Also if you mention paddles you will be told to forget the original klepper paddles as some consider them rubbish,  the current size people recommend are shorter paddles but i like long ones, it,s a matter of choice and which works for you. I used the original klepper paddles for years. If keeping the Klepper assembled don,t forget to try and get the grit out. 

At 3:56pm on July 22, 2012, john allsop said…

David, Welcome to the group, i also have old kleppers but with new "skins" my first was bought new in 1977 that has a hull bought in about 2004, another Aerius 11 i bought used to get the sails, i now have nice blue ones which you can see in my photo section. For paddles i use a Nautiraid "eskimo" which is really good (their longest) Please contribute to the forum with ideas, info, and anything about paddling or sailing your klepper. 


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