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Folbot Black - We are raising funds to offer a Black Edition folding kayak. Funds will be used to buy black hull material.
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Folbot is looking to add our material supply to be able to offer kayaks with a black hull.  Currently we offer light gray hulls and need to raise money to purchase the high end durable material to construct the black hulls.  The only way to purchase the material is to buy an entire production run from the factory to our color specifications that will allow use to make over 50 boats.

Founded in 1933 Folbot is the leader in folding kayaks.  The entire boat fits in a backpack that can be taken anywhere you go.  Throw it in the trunk, pack it on a plane, or strap it to your back and you have a performance, quality kayak with you at all times.  Very portable and light weight, Folbot is perfect for anyone that wants to have a kayak but not the space to store it.

Folbot Black Edition
Folbot Black Edition

The Folbot Cooper Kayak is an awe-inspiring, portable and comfortable folding kayak that is the ultimate in touring kayaks. Easy and quick to set-up, this forward-thinking, shape-shifting kayak is clever, innovative, and breathtaking. Designed for tranquil waters, such as lakes and calm rivers, the Cooper Kayak has also been used for tackling oceans, and it comes with a strong reputation, along with many durable features.

The Cooper Kayak is fast and sporty, and it is designed to open our eyes to the world of the great outdoors, making traveling across waters accessible and easy to do. The frame is light but strong making it  well-equipped to handle varying conditions.

TESTIMONIALS

“I took this kayak on a five day trip and it was awesome! Once you get the hang of setting it up it is no big deal. I was impressed by the portability and by the capacity for putting gear inside and on top” – Bennett Dixon from Johns Island, SC

“I bought my Cooper a year ago, and have already logged over a 150 hours of paddling time with it. I’ve done everything from short day paddles to a 2.5 week 350 mile expedition. I’ve used it on rivers, estuaries, marshes, and lakes ranging from a few square miles to over 31000 sq mi. Folbot’s Cooper is exactly what it advertises to be. It is a reliable, skin-on-frame, foldable kayak. It is designed to fill a specific niche; it is not a substitute for a rigid hull kayak, nor is it a fancy inflatable.” – Peter Hach from Nicaragua

“This is a fun, fast boat, perfect for someone who wants the value and support you get from Folbot, but is looking for a higher performance boat than the typical wide, stable Folbots.” - Michael Edelman

COOPER SPECS

DIMENSIONS: Length 16’ 6" | Width 24” | Weight 29 lbs

COCKPIT SIZE: 34″ x 16″

MAXIMUM PAYLOAD: 275 lbs.

BAG DIMENSIONS: 41″ x 18″ x 9″

COOPER FEATURES

 - Revolutionary stern tensioning device to help with assembly

 - Air-craft grade aluminum frame, anodized for endurance and strength

 - Stainless-steel keel brackets

 - Inflatable sponson chambers to increase tension

 - Comfortable, adjustable seat

 - Deck Rigging

 - Foot Braces

 - Backpack carrying bag

ASSEMBLY

All the components and contents needed to assemble the Cooper kayak are in the bag. Once experienced, set-up can be less than 10 minutes. Full assembly instructions, owner's guide and a detailed assembly video are available on our website.

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PRODUCTION SCHEDULE  

Once we reach our goal we will order the material and start producing the new Black Edition.

Oct: Order material with lead time of 4 to 6 weeks

Nov: Manufacture and ship the first batch of Black Edition Folbots 

Dec: Continue shipping the first reward kayaks  

Jan: Continue with our new black line and add to the rest of our boats.  

FUNDING  

All and any donations are welcome, and they will be warmly received and appreciated by our team. Our funding goal of $25,000 is to buy the hull material for black bottom kayaks. Currently we offer the light gray and continue to receive request a black hull. As all our kayaks are handmade we want to give each Folbot purchaser an option for hull color and a choice of deck color. 

Risks and challenges

We need to order the material in bulk from our manufacturer. We will have to wait until we receive the new black material before we can make any of the hulls.

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    A Greenland II Black Edition skin (no frame) to update or replace an older Folbot skin.

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    Gremlin Black Edition - Save $125 and get one of first 5 produced - you pick the top deck color. Reward price includes free shipping within the continental US! (Valued between $25 and $100 depending on destination.) International orders will be charged shipping separately.

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    Kiawah Black Edition - Save $225 and get one of first 5 produced - you pick the top deck color. Reward price includes free shipping within the continental US! (Valued between $25 and $100 depending on destination.) International orders will be charged shipping separately.

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    Cooper Black Edition - Save $300 on a Cooper and get one of the 1st ten produced - you pick the top deck color.

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    Yukon Black Edition - Save $315 and get one of first 5 produced - you pick the top deck color. Reward price includes free shipping within the continental US! Ships in one box with one carrying bag. (Shipping is valued between $75 and $150 depending on destination.) International orders will be charged shipping separately.

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    Edisto Black Edition - Save $315 and get one of first 5 produced - you pick the top deck color. Reward price includes free shipping within the continental US! Ships in one box with one carrying bag. (Shipping is valued between $75 and $150 depending on destination.) International orders will be charged shipping separately.

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    Greenland II Black Edition - Save $375 and get one of first 5 produced - you pick the top deck color. Reward price includes free shipping within the continental US! (Valued between $75 and $150 depending on destination.) International orders will be charged shipping separately.

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    A Cooper Black Edition kayak and a two night package (for up to two people) at a luxury hotel in Charleston, SC. This include the kayak, the stay and a couple of paddling tours with the owner of Folbot. You must organize with Folbot on dates that work and you must arrange travel to and from Charlston, SC.

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Funding period

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