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We bought a couple of OK Drifters used (think they must be a much older model). While we had read reviews talking about the water in the cockpit we thought 'it can't be that bad' since they are rated for 400-500 lb capacity. Well....one 5'4" size 6 female sat down and immediately found herself in 1.5 inches of water!! So, scupper plugs are a necessity not an option in this vessel. With practice golf balls firmly stuffed in the scupper holes and a thick pool saddle for a seat that provides comfort & back support, we can finally enjoy time on the water with these kayaks. I found an Airhead Sun Comfort swim saddle for $15 (at a local large retail store) that is 1.5" thick foam with more of a material feel - not slippery vinyl feel. I like to sit on the small side with the large part supporting my back, but others in my group sit on the large part. Bonus, your seat becomes your relaxing floaty on breaks! With these cheap modifications in place - we actually really like these kayaks. They have ample storage, SUPER stability and are just great for a quick trip to the local lake to do a little fishing.
We mounted this on a Sundolphin Aruba 10. The product itself is well made. It is very short and doesn't cover much, however it does help a little with sun & splash. We had to add a pop rivet hook to the lower rim of the cockpit on each side to secure the bungee since the Aruba doesn't have a very defined rim, but it stayed in place all day with a 10 year old in early spring. To be honest, we probably won't use it much because it did not seem to make a huge difference overall. It might work better on a different kayak or make a bigger difference in colder regions.
So big guys - this boat is for you! Little lady? you will need to adjust...