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Large dent under the seat in dirigo hull -- bought this Kayak with the dent (actually a large bulge) in it. The dealer told me to set it in the sun and it should pop out. It has not i two days but the weather is not as hot a s it was in July and August. Can I use a heat gun to repair this area? Will the area stay in the correct form or will the bulge return? I can return this boat but it may be hard to find a replacement at this time of the year. I got a great price on the boat IF the problem can be fixed.

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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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SOURCE: our sit on top kayak is about 7 years old . t6he

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.
  6. With these poly boats, you may never get them back to original shape, but they will almost always accept some re-bending to get back to a more useable shape.

Posted on Feb 20, 2011

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I would say the best thing to do would remove the screws/bolts/hardware
plug the hole with whatever you took out. and buy a new seat with a higher back.
you may need to add those u shaped deck cleats but thats not a big deal

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