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  Posted by: dafishman on Jan-15-14 9:30 AM (EST)

Thanks for the responses. I now feel more confident that it could be fixed fairly easily. I have a 700x and looked at it last night. It has a solid mass in the stern that looks like it strengthens the area where the bracket attaches. It is gives the bracket screws something to attach to beside the fiberglass.

The kayak is located a few hours away so I wanted to know if a repair was doable before making a commitment of even going to see it. I have done some kayak work with wrenches attached to broom sticks so I know how frustrating working in the stern and bow can be. The funny thing is is that the seller described the kayak as in mint condition with no damage at all. He pulled the listing after I asked about the hole. He stated that he hadn't paddled it in over a year and didn't know it was there. Paddling in anything but the most benign conditions would have lead to a surprising discovery fairly quickly.

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