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Umm....plastic or composite? If it's plastic, sit it out in the sun or carefully heat the dent with a heat gun and gently push it back out. Happens all the time.

If it's a composite or a rigid plastic kayak, you have a nice repair job ahead of you that won't fit into this space comfortably.

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