I am curious what is the general opinion about sit-on-top kayaks in this online community.
I know they tend to be more common in warm weather regions. Also, while many sit-on-top kayak models are relatively short and designed primarily for recreational purposes, there are many models out there that are well suited for multi-day touring trips (Wilderness Systems Tarpon 160i, Cobra Expedition, among others).
Personally, I have used sit-on-top kayaks quite extensively for day and multi-day trips. I really like the fact that in the event of a capsize, re-entry is very easy, even in choppy seas. Getting in and out of the boat is also a simple task.
Some possible cons: they tend to be slower than closed cockpit touring kayaks; the bottom hull of the boat is usually flatter and wider than regular kayaks (this adds stability, but reduces the efficiency of the boat while cutting through waves, etc.); the paddler tends to sit higher than in a closed cockpit kayak, losing part of the feel of sitting low in the water.
Anyone with experience using sit-on-top kayaks?