Good info! Sit on tops are becoming more popular, especially among really big men.In the carribean I paddled a short SOT and wish I had brought a good paddle because the only one they had avaailable was a "plastic board" with no feather. Racers are getting away from enclosed cockpits because they are cooler, less hassle and seem to be better at breaking thru the surf zone. I had a problem with the salt chafing against the skin where the pfd was. Amazing that a kayak can go out when sailboats and 30ft cruisers do not dare. Who will design the first cedar sit on top?