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Are there any tricks to prevent oil canning?

Storage: I store it horizontal, hanging from the grab loops.
Hot Sun: The boat will be in the back of a hot truck frequently, put it on it's side or flat on the hull?
My fat asss: I'm pushing the limit of the weight range, should I loose some weight?

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Cool, I've got a new boat :D and don't want it to look like my old boat. Visually, the old boat's hull looks like this: ~
 

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best way is to not use the boat...

If the boat is hot from the sun, cool the boat before you get in and do a seal launch.
What happens is the hot plastic streches then cools off in the water.

Next don't boof or splat any rocks as that streches the plastic also.
 

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Ditto on the foam under the seat. It solved my oil canning problem permanently. No boofing or splatting rocks = NO FUN
 

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ditto on what of the Captain says. Walking around rapids in general will also prolong the life of your boat.

Of course there is new technique, I believe they call it the Denver/Boulder solution, which is to wait until the first week of may and throw your new boat on your roof racks and leave it there untouched until September. Problem solved.
 

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So let me get this straight. I have two options: boat like a candy-ass or put some foam under my butt. What about padded bike shorts, do those count?
 

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I have heard that storing kayaks standing up on end is the best way to reduce any stress on the hull. Hanging it by the grabloops may actually contribute to oil-canning over time, but then again it may not. Definitely boof everything in sight, what fun is boating without boofing?
 

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I agree also on the foam under the seat. My advice would be to go much thicker than you would think (3/4'' or 1'') 'cause it's going to pack out.

I took the seat out of my ZG and added a whole sheet of foam under it and it's much stiffer.
 

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As far as storage goes, I've been told to always store it on the side so that gravity over the years doesn't add to the oil canning.
 

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My superstar's not even two years old and oilpanning. That slim piece of plastic outfitting is no match for physics...and prevents wedging some foam under the seat like these guys are suggesting.
 
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