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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.

Posted on Aug 17, 2009


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How do I Care For My Kayak?

Our "roto" kayaks are made of high-density linear polyethylene, which is virtually maintenance free. A minimal amount of care in storage and transporting will help the kayak maintain a like-new condition for many years.
Polyethylene will become more flexible when in warm conditions such as a hot, sunny day. It is possible for a kayak strapped tightly to a roof rack for a series of days to temporarily deform at the weight bearing points. Use a rigid bar sport rack in addition to a "kayak cradle" to disperse the weight.
Composite kayaks (PRO models), made of a fiberglass or Kevlar laminate, require a small amount of additional care over rotomolded kayaks. Some sections will be more flexible than others. Scratches or superficial damage can be buffed with rubbing compound and followed with a polishing compound. Gel coat repair kits are also available from your Wilderness Systems dealer for more extensive repairs. Hard impacts may result in structural damage, so inspect your hull after a collision. Inspect the interior of the hull at the location corresponding to the impact. Look for fine white lines mirroring any damage on the outside of the hull. This may indicate a resin fracture. In some cases this may require a composite repair kit available from your Wilderness Systems dealer.
Usually, a quick rinse of fresh water is all that is necessary to keep your hull clean and functioning in good order. This is very important after paddling in salt water, especially if your boat is outfitted with a rudder system. Be sure to thoroughly rinse the rudder, rudder cables, and footbraces with fresh water to remove salt residue. Superficial scratches may occur, but can be removed or reduced by use of a marine boat polish designed for polyethylene hulls. Sanding or use of an abrasive rubbing compound is not recommended. To keep your kayak shining and minimize the long-term degradation caused by UV exposure, use an ultraviolet protectant such as 303 Aerospace Protectant, available at your local Wilderness Systems dealer.
Avoid dragging kayak across the ground to prolong its life and maintain its look and performance. Two people, utilizing the carrying handles, is the best way to transport the boat. Alternately, you can transport using a kayak cart, available at your dealer.

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Polypro kayaks are difficult to repair. Fiberglass are easier if you can reach into the hull. Polypro repairs are done by factory using a very hot melted material similar to hot glue gun material. It may time for this one to retire if it is 'bent' and as for the 'large puncture' well, that may not be fixable.

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Some people talk about getting very careful with a small torch and sticks of poly and melting them into holes like that, but I have not done that kind of repair. Whatever you do, if anything, be sure not to damage the hull - which is still OK - and to smooth out any edges when you are finished.

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Check the entire craft for brittle areas. It means that SUN-BAKING
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Linear plastic is simple: cut a sliver from your cockpit and try to weld it back with a heat gun, soldering iron or old skiwax iron, do not use open flame as this will produce soot.

There are many sources of linear plastic, use the above system to ensure compatibility of plastics.
When welding try to melt the two plastics together, I normally spin the plastic "welding rod" thereby mixing old and new material into a good composite of both.

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Google "keelguard" this product may help someone.

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Our sit on top kayak is about 7 years old . t6he seat area has bulged up and underneath it has also bulged out . it is a catatmaran style kayak.

I do not know what you mean by a catamaran-style kayak.

I am assuming that it is a plastic kayak,. like most SOTs. Reshaping plastic boats can be difficult. If it was my boat I would try:
  1. If bottom flat, lay on flat floor like garage or deck. If not flat, then work on lawn.
  2. Let the sun (and maybe a bit of extra heat, but not much) warm the bottom so it is a bit pliable.
  3. Apply force to put the bottom back into shape. If not a flat bottom, then some extra care is required. This is usually done with internal blocks of wood or foam to hold the hull in its proper shape. In more extreme cases you can inflate an air bag in there to maintain pressure over a larger area. (BE VERY CAREFUL if you use an inner tube--it can burst your boat!)
  4. Once it is back to about the shape you want, leave it in that position for up to a few days, but at least long enough to cool down.
  5. With any luck, that will reverse most of the dents. If you don't get it all the first time, you might want to try again. In fact, I suppose it might be better to work on it twice rather than do too much in one go. I really am not sure on that part.
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