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Old 04-27-2020, 01:22 PM   #2
Join Date: Feb 2016
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I am a bit heavier than you, prefer kneeling & single-blading too.
I have paddled the Wildfire & had brief time in the Independence but not the 2 in question - the composite Wildfire is just a bigger Flashfire.

The fire boats may be slower than the Independence & would be fun on twisty streams like the Oswegatchie - the 2.5" of rocker make them very maneuverable but they do not glide as well. The symmetrical fire boats tend to slow down faster when you stop paddling compared to modern asymmetrical designs.

Less rocker & asymmetrical designs like the Swift Keewaydin 14 will glide better & still be fairly maneuverable - Placid should have something similar too.
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