yesterday, I drove from Gallatin, to Hilham, to pick up my first kayak. maybe I overspent at 400, but...I brought home an Ocean Kayak Drifter, it's the first generation I believe as it has the round hole at the rear tip and not a plate or screw inserts, I am 6'4" 300 pounds and plan to carry fishing gear, and reading online this model kept coming up as far as stability goes...and thats my main concern STABILITY...and affordability.
the question is: (remember I am a brand new kayaker) after I sat in it and got out on dry land, I could hear air escaping/entering the hull, it was like a tire valve going off with out its stem a thewwwwsssttt sound. Are these hulls supposed to be sealed? it seemed to come from the left sides fishing rod holder, do I need to seal it? it has scratches and scrapes on the bottom and I dont think the man I got it from was selling me a bad yak, he was an older gentleman, and had a couple kayaks, this one was a little too much to carry as he had recently had a heart bypass. so I dont think the actual hull will leak, this air sound just bothered me as I was thinking the sit on tops were basically sealed like a pool float...and my "dry" storage is inside the hull.
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Posted by: Big_D on Mar-04-13 9:22 AM (EST)
After drilling holes in them to put in the pole holders, they are not sealed.
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Posted by: taj on Mar-11-13 5:47 PM (EST)
I have an old one of these that does get a bit of water splashed inside the hull. The hatch covers aren't perfectly sealed and the drain plugs (on top) also seep. [could be a reason for drain plugs ;-) My guess is that when you sit on it in the water the hull will displace the water rather than mash down like on dry land, thus holding its shape rather than passing air through non-hermetically sealed fixtures.
Posted by: Bernie/cny on Mar-12-13 11:05 AM (EST)
to find out if you have a leak is to put several gallons of water in the hatch and tilt the yak around so the water sits all over the place.If there's a leak you'll see the water dripping out.
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Posted by: photo01 on Mar-27-13 3:20 PM (EST)
First off, I do not know where Gallatin or Hilham are so do not know what kind of fishing you plan to do so can not advise you about whether or not your Drifter kayak is well suited, but it is a fast and stable kayak. It is a wet kayak for a 300 pounder, but where I live (south Florida) that is not a problem 10 months of the year. The wet even feels good.
Posted by: notso on Mar-28-13 4:25 PM (EST)
I agree that you should not be alarmed by the air sounds.