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.