Drain plugs exist to let water out of the hollow hull of a kayak, not in. That’s why we love our drain plug.
The grip of the male part has been contoured for a solid grip, even when your fingers are cold and wet. The robust thread has been designed to prevent sand or grit from damaging the thread. A soft sealing silicone o-ring keeps water out. The t-bar at the bottom of the male part keeps the drain plug secure when opened and prevents it from falling into the water.
A critical element is where we’ve positioned the drain plug. Most kayaks on the market have the drain plug at the upper tip of the stern, which seems logical, but when you lift up the kayak and roll it deck-down to empty out water, the drain plug gets pushed into the hole or the hole opening is closed by the ground and water cannot run out. On all our kayaks, we’ve created a recess on the side of the stern so that the drain plug can more efficiently empty water from the hull.
You’re probably wondering why there is water in the hull in the first place? If you leave the hatch open while you’re messing with your kit and a wave crashes over you, water will get in. Or, if you don’t screw the hatch in properly and you’re in rough water, water can get in. The drain plug makes sure that you can get the water out again, effectively.