Submitted: 03-03-2009 by ARTUR K.
I've had my Assateague for 1 season so finally I can add my small appreciation of that superb craft!!! I'm 6'4" with long legs 275lbs – a huge man.
I ordered my Assateague with front bulkhead moved forward 3 inches because I was not able to put my feet on pedals. This comfortable modification was done free of charge thanks to Larry from Frontenac outfitters. Beautiful lime green deck in standard glass; I could not wait till it arrived. It fitted me perfectly on land, so I had to take her on the water. Wow! Super fast boat; great maneuverability. And that edging… wow! I was really surprised and curious how quickly the Assategue made me a better kayaker
Yes it took me a season to realize that I would never have made such a progress in kayaking with my last ruddered Boreal Design Sedna -thankfully it was a great beginner boat which now serves my dad well. The difference between 2 boats was very big: the Assategue let me discover all the beauty of well designed sea kayak.
I learned my first roll and developed some hard bracing/sculling/edging
Techniques and enjoy some wicked surfs last summer on my sea trips! I'm paddling lakes/rivers locally too and I'm extremely satisfied with my kayak.
Overall built quality is near perfect; Day hatch is very convenient. I did installed nexus 70p compass in well designated place on deck - Helps me learn some basics of navigation. The skeg system was perfect until I went on a 2day trip in late October. It got down to -7c at night and in morning, the skeg cable guide stell rod at the knob broke off - but I was still able to adjust skeg. I came home, sent a couple of emails to Impex, and to my surprise, nobody replied to me until this day... so I got mad and fixed myself... Being and living in beautiful Canada (that's where Impex boats are being made) and knowing from all over the net how professional Impex customer service is I'm really disappointed...especially knowing that I live next door… Anyway great boat that I will continue to explore its limits and expedite with it!!!
I recommend for all big guys out there. To check Assategue and to put it on top of their wishlist. It's getting hard to find good boat these days for XXL people!!! And if you know dealer close by you might catch a good deal on boats in stock because from what I heard new boats will carry 20% price increase
And one thing to add that Impex boats are really cheap (at least in Canada)Comparing them with other brands!!! Last for people who are into plastic kayak be prepared to take your kayaking pride to the new level without fear of new challenges