For the past 20 years, the Tripper 17’6″ has been Clipper’s most popular model. We often had brainstorming sessions as to how to improve the Tripper, and in the end we decided to leave our best selling canoe alone. What we did come up with was a smaller version of the Tripper that also performs as an excellent solo canoe – the Tripper ‘S’.
The Tripper ‘S’ is 16’6″ with a four-inch waterline width of 31.5″ (versus 33″ in the Tripper). The canoe is asymmetrical with noticeable tumblehome that starts in front of the yoke and increases significantly towards the stern thwart. This results in a maximum beam at the gunnel of 32″. The Tripper ‘S’ is a delight to paddle solo yet it still provides sufficient volume for tandem wilderness trips. It has slightly more rocker for its overall length than the Tripper, which makes it more maneuverable and easier to control when paddled solo.
If you are one of the many canoeists who find themselves without a partner on occasion , the Tripper ‘S’ is just what you have been looking for; it comes standard with a kneeling thwart for solo paddling. This thwart can be easily removed when not in use. You can order an optional third seat or a removable foam saddle in place of the kneeling thwart. Check with your Clipper dealer for pricing on these options.
OPTIONS & FEATURES
|Bucket Seats||Vinyl Gunnel Covers|
|Sliding Bow Seat||Black Trim Package|
|Yoke||Wood Trim Package|
|Footbrace||Foam Thigh Pads|
|Flotation Tanks||Wilderness Lash System|
|Bow & Stern Thwarts||Contoured Yoke (Standard On All Kevlar® Models)|
|Solo Kneeling Thwarts||Expedition Spray Skirt|
Third seat can be ordered in place of keeling thwart. €199,-
|Length: ||16′ 6″ - 503 cm||Fiberglass: ||67 lbs - 30.4 kgg|
|Beam: ||32″ | 31.5″ (@ 4″Waterline) - 81.3 - 80 cm||Kevlar® - Ultralight: ||51 lbs - 23.1 kg kg|
|Bow Height: ||19″ - 48.3 cm||Price:|
|Stern Height: ||17″ - 43.2 cm||Fiberglass: ||€3.325,-|
|Center Height: ||14″ - 35.6 cm||Kevlar® - Ultralight:||€4.555,-|
Fiberglass canoes are laminated by hand using a high-grade isothalic resin. Each Clipper canoe is reinforced in the bow and stern with a minimum of two layers of Kevlar®, providing extra strength and abrasion resistance needed in these areas of high stress. Flotation tanks are glassed-in at both ends of the canoe in all layups, and are filled with bagged foam for added flotation.
Three hull stiffening methods are used. The Escape, Scout, Cascade, Tripper, Tripper S, Packer and Solitude are stiffened with foam cross ribs. Foam ribs are resined to the hull and covered with biaxle glass roving, resulting in a light, durable canoe.
In the Yukon, Ranger and Prospector series, multiple layers of directional glass are used for hull stiffening, resulting in a slightly heavier weight than crossrib stiffening, but is less expensive and is a stronger layup. The Whitewater II, 17′ and 18′ Jensen, Sea Clipper, and the MacKenzie series come standard with a vacuum-bagged foam core.
Ultralight Kevlar® canoes are built without any exterior gelcoat, thus the hull has the ‘honey’ color of Kevlar®. The absence of gelcoat results in a weight savings of approximately 10%. The first layer is woven S-glass which is very abrasion resistant and is stronger under compression than Kevlar®. Two layers of Kevlar® are then applied with extra reinforcement in areas of high stress.