Help dating my old kayak

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ryanhusk

Help dating my old kayak

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I just bought this off craigslist for 150$
It has a rubber hull not hypalon and has hellas inscribed near the bow.
Not sure what it is but I love it!!
Any help would be appreciated thanks
https://www.amazon.com/photos/share/hwm ... DL2Zi2PgO5

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Re: Help dating my old kayak

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ryanhusk wrote:I just bought this off craigslist for 150$
It has a rubber hull not hypalon and has hellas inscribed near the bow.
Not sure what it is but I love it!!
Any help would be appreciated thanks
https://www.amazon.com/photos/share/hwm ... DL2Zi2PgO5
Hellas, made by Klepper

Made for the department store "Kaufhof" in Germany in the middle of the 60s. The Pionier-Faltbootwerft also built one (or more?) charge(s) of folding kayaks (similar like their type 520Z) for Kaufhof under the name of Hellas. Hellas is only a Kaufhof-label. There were also Hellas tents (made by Pouch).

Look here:
http://www.faltbootbasteln.de/fbb-hellas-faltboot.html

or here:

https://typen.faltboot.org/f2103_var.php?ID=339

The last sentence on this page ("Das Boot wurde oft mit Zubehör anderer Hersteller ausgeliefert, Fußsteuer und Paddel kamen öfters von Stern-Leipzig, das Steuerblatt scheint von Hammer-Metzeler zu stammen. Ob Klepper die Boote in Kooperation mit der DDR oder Polen fertigen ließ oder ob Karstadt diese Teile später dazulegte ist nicht belegt") is quite nonsens!

R.

ryanhusk

Re: Help dating my old kayak

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Thanks so much
Really great info!!

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