Customers always ask me about water coming in through their scupper plugs. Don’t be alarmed, the incoming water doesn’t mean your boat is going to sink. It’s perfectly normal for some water to enter your boat via the scuppers. However, if you have water consistently in your boat, it can become bothersome.
In this case, scupper plugs are practical. Of course, if you’re using a kayak, regardless of its capacity and scupper plug usage, water will enter the boat one way or another.
This can be from spray, paddle splash, waves or by entering and exiting your kayak. You will need to empty out the water filling up your kayak that would otherwise drain automatically through your scupper holes.
If you prefer not to remove your scupper plugs to drain the water, simply use a sponge?utm_source=ackblog&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=blog or bilge pump if the amount of water is significant. Besides, it’s never a bad idea to carry one or both of those products with you for safety and convenience purposes. So the truth is, water will always find its way into your boat. It’s just a matter of personal choice really. Most people don’t like to sit in a pool of water while others don’t mind getting a little wet. If you do have some water entering your boat but want the convenience of it draining back out, consider plugging your scuppers closest to your seat and leave the ones by your feet open. Another option is to find a “dryer” kayak or one that is better suited for your weight.
Scupper holes are found in sit-on-top kayaks are are designed as a safety feature to drain water out of the kayak, from top to bottom, keeping you from sitting in a puddle or worse making your kayak a bathtub full of water that could then be prone to capsize. Scupper plugs are designed to stop up these scupper holes which stops this water from draining out. The real intent of scupper plugs is to keep water from coming in through the scupper holes. This can happen in choppy water or when there is significant enough weight in the kayak to push the hull deep enough in the water to force water into the cockpit.