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Okay, I admit I'm paranoid. Before I bought my Prowler 15 I read several articles about problems with leaking scuppers and leaky front and centre hatches. I was assured (laughed at actually) when I mentioned my concerns to the retailer I bought my yak off, who basically just told me to not believe everything I read over the internet (derrr!). I was also told to expect some water in the hull, as 'none of these kayaks are water proof'. Trouble is, I don't want a leaky yak.

And - if it is a leaking scupper I want to know sooner rather than later so I can think about warranty claims - crikey, I hope its not a leaking scupper.

So with the first couple of trips in roughish conditions I noticed a couple of cup fulls of water in the hull - nothing too serious, but I went through the process of improving the seal around the front cover. But was it a leaky scupper? - this nagging thought has stayed with me. Anyway the improved seal at the front hatch made a big difference, but still there was some water getting in. - was it a leaky scupper?
So I played around with the centre hatch, but ended up putting a big sponge in there to collect any water that might have been getting in the hull. but I was still taking on some water - was it a leaky scupper?
The thought about leaky scuppers has been driving me nuts - so once and for all I decided I needed to fill the yak with the water. I gotta say, putting the water in the yak is a good idea to see if the scuppers leak - but does anyone have a good idea for getting the water out? :?
To cut a long story short, I am now satisfied that the scuppers don't leak - but whilst eventually getting the water out (and scratching hell out of the yak in the process) I found water gushing out around the factory installed rod holders - this has led me to believe that anything that has been factory installed on my yak has probably not been sealed properly, so that will be my next project.

So I've been able to scratch 'leaky scuppers' off my worry list :) - now to work on those factory installations.....

As for filling the yak with water (I didn't actually 'fill' it - only enough to convince myself whether the scuppers leak or not) - I do not recommend it - not unless there is an easy way of getting the water out.
 

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Gday Simon - actually your comments about your P15 was one of the reasons that I ultimately decided to get one - and I love mine too! My centre hatch already is a screw in type but I wonder if it is different to yours? any chance of a photo? I do have the bag as well, but I need a plastic jar inside to make sure nothing gets wet. Its really only frustration factor - I just reckon the yak should stay dry inside! thanks for your comments.
 

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It's strength as a seal, is the O-ring is below the collar top above the threads
therin lies the problem with mine I think - the factory installed screw in hatch does not have an O ring, nor is there a space for the O ring to sit - ie the thread goes all the way to the top of cap. I have tried putting an O ring on the thread, but then it does not allow the cap to sit flush - and because it sits on the thread I think there is a gap which allows more water in!

Anyway, thanks for your thoughts - I'll keep at it!
 
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