Submitted: 04-19-2010 by shawn_r7
I am: 6'2, 235 pound male with size 12 shoes.
The Impex Assateague is a touring boat designed to carry a large load. I purchased the boat in K-Lite which weighs approximately 39 pounds. The boat has a white deck with the standard black and yellow weave pattern on the hull. There is no flex in the hull. The boat is very solid.
The cockpit is a keyhole with a large entry. (1.7 Seals Shocker) I can get in seat first and have plenty of room. One thing I noticed was that the boat fits like me like a glove. The contact points of the boat are contoured in foam and provide a very positive grip for great boat control. I have made no modifications to the boat. Impex uses Immersion Research back bands and seats. This makes the ride very comfortable.
The kayak has very good primary and secondary stability. It feels like you are locked in from edge to edge without the feel of a sudden capsize.
Tracking with the boat is very good. The bigger the waves the straighter the boat seems to go. I have not felt the need to use the skeg although the design is very good. The controls are on the right side which is the opposite of most boats on the market. Your knee position in the boat avoids hitting the controls inside the boat.
Speed is where the boat excels. It can maintain 7 km with little effort with a top speed of 10 km in moderate waves. It is very quick to accelerate. The boat is very light and this can be a negative in wind when not loaded. The boat does not weather cock, but some effort is needed to keep your tracking.
The sitting position of this boat has the paddler sitting almost on the bottom of the boat. The back deck is fairly high. This is an issue for layback rolls. I am not a proficient roller, but a fellow kayaker does a modified C to C which works well. He advised the boat rolls fairly easy. I will be spending sometime practicing this summer. An angled bulk head behind the seat makes draining water out very easy when doing wet exits.
Once again Impex smartly utilizes another company's product to outfit the boat. Valley hatches are used with an oval shape both at the front and back of the boat making storage easy. A medium sized day hatch rounds out the bone dry compartments. This boat will hold a lot of gear.
This boat paddles the same loaded with gear or empty. My previous boat, a Valley Aquanaut HV was a true expedition boat and felt unstable when not loaded. This makes the Impex a great boat if you can only have one all purpose use. My second boat is the Romany S for more day and play sessions. The Impex surfs wind waves and it maintains good speed on the top of the wave, but do to its length is hard to turn.
Try this boat out. Impex makes a quality product that they stand behind.