Klepper Blauwal info and hull repair...

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Klepper Blauwal info and hull repair...

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Hi. I am a new registered user...Have had a Klepper Blauwhal 2 seater inherited in the 60s. I believe it was built in the 50s.. Hull has finally started crazing ...any advice on refinishing the hull with current coating materials. Also...I have never seen this model mentioned on the posts...is the Blauwhal that old, or does it have a different designation. Thank You, Bob Meisner Buffalo NY...Lake Erie/Ontario

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Re: Klepper Blauwal info and hull repair...

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Hi Bob, welcome to the forum... I believe the answer is that the Blauwhal is that old. I don't think there are too many folks around with one. However, I am pretty sure we would all be interested to hear what you think about it.

The Blauwhal came up recently in a thread asking why Klepper quit making kayaks, there's at least one member here familiar with the boat that thinks the Blauwhal is better than the current Kleppers because of the lack of sponsons and therefore a better designed and tighter skin. It seems the Blauwhal double may be a faster paddling boat than the doubles with sponsons.

I was pretty sure there was some Blauwhal info on this site but I don't see the boats listed on the index. Maybe someone else will chime in here with some good links. http://www.faltbootbasteln.de

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Re: Klepper Blauwal info and hull repair...

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I am a newly registered member of the forum and very happy to see someone else discussing the Blauwal. Mine was bought back in the late 60's. I found it hanging on slings inside a marina in New Haven, CT. No one at ther marina knew much about it, but it definitely caught my eye and went home with me. Over the years I had it in the salt in Rhode Island fishing for Stripers, in Canada paddling around in Georgian Bay Lake Huron, in Lake Quinsigamond as a chase boat during my years of Crew at WPI (note that I could keep up with the eights for roughly 750 meters with another oarsman), and even flew it to the islands at one point in the late 70's. The hull unfortunately finally gave out/hardened up several years back and I have had the frame packed away with expectation of finding a replacement hull at some point to get her back on the water. I've had several kayaks since, but I feel that all have suffered in comparison to my the Blauwal. It was a great kayak, took me lots of places. Cheers.

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Re: Klepper Blauwal info and hull repair...

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I suspect you could get a new hypalon & canvas hull made up for you by Longhaul (US) or Wayland (Poland). I have heard other Polish skin-makers mentioned too. Marcus Heise has a strong reputation in Germany.

You could also make your own hull. There are some instructions on the forum somewhere or other I think by people who have done this. I've also used Yost's methods to glue and sew a pvc and canvas hull on an old Tyne folder (a British marque). See yostwerks.org for the methods. I thought this more achievable given my lack of sewing skills.

If you make a record and post it on the forum you can help inspire others to do the same.

Good luck with fixing it up. It is a good project keeping these old boats going. :-)

PS There is a long thread by a fellow Brit called Malcolm that you might find by searching the forum in which he tests a range of coatings in order to work out what to use to repair/recoat a decayed Tyne rubber hull. The long and short of it is that although he found some good coatings, at the end of the day I think the underlying fabric itself was no longer strong enough and so he eventually I think gave up on the idea of recoating.

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Re: Klepper Blauwal info and hull repair...

Post by Addelliot68 »

Thanks for the insights. My apologies for the delayed reply. I appreciate the options you have offered. I actually have thought of using the frame to model a hull from a lighter durable material. The Blauwal is a wonderful kayak.

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