Submitted: 09-22-2004 by SteelCoder
Purchased my Sultan used, but in overall very good condition (but slight damage) around June 04. There were minor bulkhead leaks, fixable using some aquarium silicone sealant (plus some sealant around the skeg control cord tube). It DOES leak around the coaming: that's a design flaw - at the coaming where the knee braces are - but is fixable with some padding foam and sealant.
Apart from the above, it's very well made, and has a 'kevlar' (I believe) layer in the cockpit floor area. However, it is slightly heavier than the older Sultans, but that only really matters when lifting it around. Hatch design was a main 'selling' point. Paddling is excellent: great edging, surfing, flat water, rough water, rolling. Can't quite layback fully on the rear deck (without bum out of seat). It's an exciting boat to paddle, but may not necessarily be the best performing in all areas, but is extremely enjoyable and predictable. Definitely a boat that an advancing beginner could paddle, enjoy and grow in to. It can handle a lot of abuse, of all kinds. (This kayak is now made by Riot as the Aura, with a 'monocoque' assembly).