Someone mention folding hakas?
I think the wet butt experience on the AI (and TI) needs to change - its not so much that you get wet - that's going to happen anyway - its the sitting in the puddle of water that won't drain away. Unscrewing the plugs doesn't fix it because water then comes up from below when sailing. By design sailing kayaks are going to take water over the top so the design also needs to take that water out and keep water from coming in from below. Scupper valves have been around a long time and Hobie should be designing them into the seat areas.
I followed the DIY trend and installed the valves from a syphon pump squeeze bulb directly into the existing screw in scupper plugs by drilling out the center. The drain holes look too small but they do work. They are not fast, taking about 30 seconds to drain the seat area but it drains ok. No doubt that would not be fast enough for NOHUHU sailing conditions and a larger drain would be required in production.
So, Hobie, if you are listening - this is a pretty easy fix for your engineers to do and score big points with the island crowd - Ocean Kayaks fixed it for their users - how about it Hobie?
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