After renting and borrowing boats for a couple years I finally decided to get my own kayak. After many demos, I excitedly settled on a poly Tempest 165 and got a seemingly great deal on a new 2011 one from a local dealer. As I was loading it onto my car I realized that it had two rather large hull deformities running the width of the boat…one right under the seat and the other a few feet fore.
After reading up on oil-canning in plastic boats it seems like that is what happened here. I understand that they are somewhat common on plastic kayaks especially if stored or transported incorrectly at high temperatures (I’m in Maryland, so the summers get warm). I was, though surprised to see this on a new boat.
I’ve taken the boat out once and didn’t notice any tracking issues, though conditions were windy and choppy so I had a hard time telling for sure. I also spoke to my dealer about this and he said it was relatively normal and shouldn’t affect performance. He did though offer to take the boat back if I was unhappy with it.
I’m curious to hear folks’ thoughts on whether or not this is a problem. Is this a sign of more serious problems even if I’m able to fix the indentations using a heat lamp or something like that?
Thanks for the help!