Skin on frame folding kayak

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Project by JohnnyStrawberry posted 08-23-2013 12:44 PM 4089 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The last week I could try my new SOF folding K1 that I had made specifically for this four day trip to our kayak-canoeing paradise. Various waters (from flat to almost white), fabulous environment. We’d actually been planning this trip for years. I made this occasion even more memorable with this kayak.
It’s very stable yet fast, lightweight (14kg) yet extremely sturdy. [1.5mm wall 18mm diam. alu tubes)
Length: 505cm, Beam: 60cm
Packed size: 75cm(!!!) x 40cm x 35cm [To suit an Osprey Argon 85 backpack]
Build: 70hrs (including PVC hull)


-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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#1 posted 08-23-2013 12:47 PM

Very nice!
That will open up many waterways off the beaten path.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#2 posted 08-23-2013 04:06 PM

Very good! Like kayak too!. Hope enjoyed the trip! Congratulations

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#3 posted 08-23-2013 06:04 PM

Great project! Enjoy your trip.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 08-24-2013 06:59 PM

Nice kayak – but where is the woodworking?

-- Dave K.

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#5 posted 08-25-2013 06:19 AM

Don’t get me wrong, this time I will admire nature arround.Perfect!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 08-25-2013 12:05 PM

Very nice build and it looks like you are enjoying it .
I think I see some woodwork in pic 2 .
More pic’s of your trip would be good too .

-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 08-27-2013 04:19 PM

Cool build and must be fun. Hope you had a great time. Thanks for sharing.

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#8 posted 09-09-2013 11:28 PM

So cool!
Perhaps a new project for me.
I bought a Klepper this summer and love it.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#9 posted 09-10-2013 08:18 AM

Thanks guys.
Mads, that K-2 is beautiful. The surrounding, too. I hope you enjoy it often. :-)
How long does it take to assemble?
I also have a K-2 (AdvancedFrame) and that needs usually 50 min… Mainly because I cram it in my 85L backpack.
That’s why I love my new K-1. It only takes a fraction of that (10-15min) to assemble.

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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#10 posted 09-11-2013 12:59 PM

Hi Johnny,
I spend app the same time, 30-50 min depending if I am alone.
Cant imagine the Klepper in a backpack…
Do you have plans for your project?
Might look into it, could be fun.
Look here to see more about mine, I also have a sail rig:
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#11 posted 10-13-2013 12:07 AM

Didn’t get notified of your project. Working fool time now. Money is helpful. LOL! very nicely done!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 11-05-2016 02:44 PM

I’ve been wanting to build a folding kayak. Is there a plan or did you design this yourself. Do you know of any plans out there for a folding kayak?

-- Al Hart

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