- Easy to drag over oyster and sand bars when you get stuck
- Easy to paddle with double-ended paddle (can go pretty fast if you are in shape)
- Easy to haul in or on top of truck
- Many fishing options are now available
- Does not require a ramp for launching
- Inexpensive way to boat fish
- Allows you to cover more ground faster than when wade fishing
- Hard to navigate in the wind and cast at same time
- Can cause back problem unless you get a really good seat with high back
- May be hard for you to cast very far due to low position on the water
- You will get wet no matter what the ads say
Sit On Top Kayak Advantages Over Sit Inside
Lower skills requirement than sit-inside kayaks
Self rescue: Simple & reliable. Just slide back on top. Much less reliance on finely honed skills (rolling), additional equipment (paddle floats or external sponsons), or assistance from other group members.
Suitable for cold water paddling: SOTs can be a good choice for cold water paddling because (1) when you go into the drink you are less likely to get your head under water, and (2) you are likely to be out of the water back on your boat quicker than your average sit-insider.
Cockpit is self-draining, no need for pump systems.
Good multi purpose platform: Easy to jump off for a swim on warm days, good for diving or fishing.
Easier to change / adjust worn gear underway & under a greater variety of conditions.
More comfortable to paddle in hot conditions.
More room to wriggle & move for restless long legs.
Cheaper than equivalent sit-inside kayaks unless you want a performance orientated SOT.