Personally I never found drip rings to assure dryness, just reduce wetness. Paddles and water tend to result in some splash. And as pointed out above it is a wet sport.
Spray skirt - named because it handles your problem - is the usual solution. But some huge cockpit rec boats are too big for one to be effective, and frankly in the really big ones like Pungos all you are changing is where the water lands. Once the cockpit is too big some water will find its way in regardless.
What boat do you have? Someone here may be able to help you with an economical spray skirt suggestion.
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