I went and test paddled the wildfire on a lake yesterday afternoon. In a one word description - predictable. It did everything I asked, and didn't give me any grief. Felt fine flat or on a rail.
So I added a nice old Wildfire to my stable. The previous owner said he had purchased it from Karen Knight, but I couldn't find her autograph anywhere.
Was gonna hit up a Class II+ run with it today, but the wife wanted to paddle so we hit a nice scenic creek. The cool part was when we got to the put-in they were releasing water from the dam in prep for Sandy hitting hard tomorrow. I knew this before we went, by looking at the river gauge, but didn't tell the wife. ;-) Everything else was too low. It was pretty cool getting on a flooded creek before the rains even started. It was running fast and in the trees. No WW just fast current with some swirly eddy lines. The Wildfire yielded no surprises and we got along just fine.
So for know my search and desire for a solo river tripper is quenched. Pending further adventures with the Wildfire.
Thanks for all the informative discussion.
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