Kayak Drain Plugs

Kayak Drain Plugs | An Item Kayak Anglers Need to Know How to Use

Kayak drain plugs are something that every kayaker wants to avoid having to use. If a drain plug is needed, that means there’s water in the boat and that’s usually not a good thing. Now, unless you’re cleaning your kayak, you typically try to avoid letting water in at all costs. If you find yourself with a waterlogged kayak, you’ll be really happy that you have a kayak drain plug.

With having a drain plug, comes some key responsibilities. First and most important, each time you go out on the water, make sure your drain plug is in and fully secured. If you don’t, you’ll find yourself sinking in no time and if you’re not careful, you could sink your kayak and potentially lose it for good.

Kayak Drain Plugs: Kayaks Can Leak 

It’s not something that’s fun to discuss but it is a reality, kayaks leak. Not every kayak leaks the moment it comes from the factory but over time the wear and tear can take its toll. Another factor is any modifications or accessories we add once we buy a kayak, these additions can create access points for water to enter the kayak. When you think of a sit-on-top kayak, the hull is essentially a bucket that will hold onto any water that enters. Knowing this, drain plugs play an essential role in allowing us to drain that water after every trip, ensuring the next trip will be a safe one. 

Kayak Drain Plugs Provide Relief

Here in the Northeast, kayak storage can be a real challenge, especially in the winter. One thing that drain plugs allow us to do is to keep airflow throughout the hull which is essential if water happens to be present and temperatures fall below freezing. If you remove your drain plugs during the winter, any ice that forms won’t put as much pressure on the hull and will help prevent warping or cracking of your boat. 

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This is an advantage of having a drain plug that is often overlooked but shouldn’t be underestimated.

Kayak Drain Plugs: Adding a Drain Plug

Depending on the kayak you have or are looking to purchase, it’s possible that a drain plug doesn’t come standard. If that’s the case, you may want to consider adding a drain plug. Lucky for you, there are plenty of companies out there offering drain plug kits that will work for any kayak. Now, this will require some drilling of your kayak but the process is not as intimidating as it may seem. 

If you do decide to add a drain plug to your kayak, be sure to carefully consider where you plan to place it. First and foremost, make sure that the drain is above the waterline. While drains are waterproof, the last thing you want to do is tempt fate by giving water an easy way in if the sealant were to wear or give out. You’ll also want to be sure that the drain is on either the front or the back of the kayak so that you can easily tilt and drain the water from the hull.

There’s not a whole lot to kayak drain plugs, but they can most certainly be the difference between a good or bad day on the water.

This article was contributed by an ANGLR Expert

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Adam Rourke


Adam Rourke is a bass angler with over 10 years of tournament fishing experience. About eight years ago, he shifted his focus to the sport of kayak bass fishing which led him qualifying for the Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship in 2018 and 2019.

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