Posted by: gstamer on Sep-29-12 11:05 AM (EST)
Many boats with scratches and minor dents (from storage) are sold at a discount. Did you get a special deal for this particular kayak? Or can you swap the boat for a different kayak in stock?
If this was a special deal you might just want to live with it (and try to fix the dents).
It does sound like this kayak is dented from storage (not the same as oil-canning, BTW). Most likely it will pop out as others have said.
Dents or not, this isn't a racing kayak so there's no sense to worry about speed loss. There's much faster kayaks out there if that is your priority. Dents on the bottom of the hull should not affect tracking for touring.
Plastic scratches and dents easily. If you use the kayak, in a year the bottom of the kayak will look like you attacked it with a cheese grater. The good news is that you probably won't care.
Having said all that, if you aren't happy with it, take it back.