Should I plug scupper holes?
If you’re kayaking with a heavy load, you should plug in your scupper plugs before paddling. The extra weight will submerge your kayak further down, and water will rise from the holes. The scupper plugs will protect you from capsizing. In the summer, covering the scupper holes might not be a priority.
The purpose of the scupper hole is to allow water that splashes on to the deck to drain back out and not pool underneath the paddler. Blocking these holes will keep tiny splashes from coming up from underwater through the holes but it will keep any water that makes its way onto the deck from draining back out.
They actually release water that could into your craft via waves or sloppy paddling, so they are helping to keep you afloat. Don’t worry, these holes at the bottom of your boat won’t leave you sunk. Most kayaks will have about four scupper holes as this is thought to be the safest amount.
Are kayak drain plugs universal?
These plugs ensure that your kayak remains sealed so water doesn’t seep inside. They fit in perfectly and most have a universal fit which ensures that they can be used on many different kayak models.
What does self-bailing kayak mean?
Self-bailing means that the boat has holes in the floor so any water which comes over the side flows out again due to the speed of the kayak. Only our white water kayak has this characteristic, though.