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Old 09-08-2004   #1
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Oil Canning?

Ok, I know this topic has been done before, but I need some info on oil canning. I am fairly new to kayaking and I have noticed some oil canning on the bottom of my ez. Since the boat is fairly new (less than a year) I am puzzled as to why this has happened. Even more puzzling to me is why I should care? I know this is bad, I have been told this by many people, but I have not noticed any difference in performance (this could very well be because I am not good enough to notice a difference yet). I have been told on more than one occassion that wavesport ez's are known for this type of defect. Can anyone help me understand what has happened and how this will affect my boating?

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Old 09-08-2004   #2
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Oil canning happens when a boat is warm and placed on its hull or smasked against something for a while. Teh remedy is fairly easy. leave it out in the sun, hull up, and the plastic memory will take over and it will usually pop out by itself. sometimes you can push around on it and it will pop out. If it keeps happening in the same spot you can actually put some foam between the hull and the seat to give it more support.

I can't say that it is a performance issue except, when you are surfing. It could do two things one cause the hull not to release properly when spinning or just make it slower. Two it represents a soft hull or an area that will not give you good bounce on a wave just because the hull is mushy. It is maily and esthetic thing unless you are surfing a really fast feature.


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Old 09-08-2004   #3
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You will never notice the difference anyway, dont worry about it.
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Old 09-08-2004   #4
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I decided to put foam under my seat.
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