Hey there folks, first time poster.
My wife and I have taken up paddling in the Chesapeake, and around the Delmarva peninsula. We recently bought her a boat, and have started stacking our boats on the rack, as opposed to just mine in a j cradle. Today, while on a backroad, the tail of the Rachet strap I was using to ‘secure’ the bow of the boat came loose while driving and flapped in the wind. As I slowed to a stop, approx 2 mph, I pulled it under the drivers side tire of my car. Bent my kayak in half and broke my windshield. Live and learn, things could’ve been much worse. Cussed on the side of the road for a bit, readjusted straps, and limped the mangled thing home.
When I got home I popped the boat back into shape, and was happy to see that despite a heavy crease in the side, I think I can at least paddle it for the rest of the summer. Do you guys have any advice about this kind of massive stress on a plastic kayak? I am thinking of using a heat gun to try to fine tune the shape, but I would assume that crease is going to be a serious weak point. Should I install a rail or some such fix to brace that side, or just live with it?