Why do Sit on Top Kayaks Have Holes?

Why do Sit on Top Kayaks Have Holes

Why do sit-on-top kayaks have holes on them? This is a popular question among both new and old users of kayaks. The built in holes are known as scupper holes. There is often controversy related to whether these holes are designed for draining or note.

Water is not known to behave itself very well, especially in the ocean. For this reason, you are likely to end up with water accumulating in sunken areas of your kayak such as the place where you sit. But the question still remains on whether these holes are designed for draining the water out or not.

They Are Known as Scupper Holes

Sit-on-top kayaks feature holes, vertical in nature, which connect the deck to the water. These holes are known in kayak lingo as scupper holes.

Some manufacturers of kayaks indicate that these holes are included in the SOT design for purposes of getting rid of the water from the deck of the kayak, in the same manner that scupper holes work in the larger boats. Well, let’s tell you right now that these holes have nothing to do with draining the water that accumulates on the deck.

So what are they for? You ask. These holes were introduced into the design to protect the sit-on-top kayak from the impact exerted when someone sits on it while it is sitting on the water. Without the holes, the act of sitting would introduce the type of pressure that would crush down the vessel.

Use the Sponge

So, if the scupper holes have not been introduced to remove the water from the SOT, how is one expected to get rid of the water that accumulates as you paddle through rough waters? You can use a simple solution such as a sponge.

There is one thing that we can assure you of, if you are in the water, no matter how careful you are, the water is most likely to find its way into places where you would rather prefer it didn’t go.

The Effect of Scupper Holes

While the holes at the bottom of your sit-on-top kayak have a specific purpose they still come with a disadvantage. In fact, anything on the bottom side of your little boat that interferes with the smooth flow of water creates issues related to speed.

The reason behind this is that when water is not flowing smoothly, there is an acceleration of drag. By drag, we are talking about resistance. The more resistance there is, the slower your SOT kayak moves. What this means in practice is that these holes make it a requirement that you should use more effort than you would have done if they had not been there.

The Holes You Make

The holes we have discusses above are the holes that are deliberately designed into your SOT kayak. Now, there are certain holes that may appear on your kayak which are manmade, and these ones, you will not like.

If you do not want to create any of these holes that we are talking about here, never transport the kayak by dragging it on the ground. Well, you may already be asking: who does that? Many people we know do. If your sit-on-top kayak is too heavy for you to carry on your own, invest in a trolley.

We also know about those who think that riding a kayak down a hill covered in snow is a good idea. We will tell you now that it is not. The consequence of this is some holes at the bottom of your kayak that will give you grief.

Again, it’s easy to think that everybody will know that this is not a very clever thing to do to something that you spent a lot of money buying, but there are people who think that this is a cool idea.

Remember that things get brittle when cold, especially plastic. The crack can cause lots of trouble that you may not initially see until the day you decide to go paddling.

Holes on the Deck

Even though it is rare that you will find any holes on the upper side of the sit-on-top kayak, holes can still be found there due to all the stuff that get screwed to them. When the screw gets out and goes missing, as they always do, it can leave a hole which can allow water to get into the kayak.

While you cannot do a lot about the scupper holes found at the bottom of your sit on top kayak, there is a lot you can do to prevent the ones that happen because you have been careless. If any accessories are removed from your SOT kayak, ensure that the hole is closed.

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