Sit On Kayaks (SOK)
The following page provides information about sit on kayaks and kayaking equipment.
One of the more popular kayak designs is the sit ON kayak (SOK) or sit-on-top kayak. There are several variations of the design, but each type shares several basic attributes. SOK hulls have certain advantages as well as disadvantages.
Sit on kayaks are practical for most applications. Many are durable enough to handle moderately rough water without sustaining damage. The SOK hull is especially popular in applications where the occupant needs to exit the craft repeatedly. Sit on kayaks are usually equipped with one or two top mounted seats.
Sit on kayaks offer several advantages when it comes to fishing. Since the angler is supported on top of the craft, designers are free to mold accessories into the hull. Integral features found on sit on kayaks may include rod holders, storage areas and other conveniences. Sit on kayaks are usually propelled by simple double-bladed paddles.
A specialized variation of the sit-on kayak hull design is the stand-up kayak. Stand up kayaks feature pontoons that swing out while fishing. When deployed, the pontoons give the kayak enough stability to allow an angler to stand and fish. On most models, a leaning post is used to provide extra stability while fishing. Stand up kayaks are useful for applications such as sight casting in clear shallow areas or as a fly fishing platform.