Rapidfire w. single blade, hung seat
Posted by: ret603 on Jan-05-13 1:08 PM (EST)
The tumblehome on the Rapidfire hull facilitates using a double blade paddle when paddling sitting on the bottom with a double blade (gunwales narrower-less reach). That same design feature makes the Rapidfire sides unable to support a hung seat. They weren't designed to do so, as it was designed to be a longer and faster pack canoe, not a kneeling solo canoe. It's a superbly designed Pack Canoe!
Joe has built a few Rapidfires with extra fabric in the sides near center to support hanging a seat for paddling while kneeling. It would have to be a special order and one would have to contact Joe for info/price.
As a bottom sitter, I'm quite I'm happy with the lowest seat and the mid seat. The lowest seat tilts me back slightly, placing me against the backband on the days that my old back wants support. The mid seat moves me off the back band, giving me a more efficient stroke when the back is feeling good. While the lowest seat gives slightly more stability, the Rapidfire feels very stable to me with either seat and I choose between them based on a comfort vs. efficiency choice for that day, or bring both seats with me. Additional seats are available: a high height seat and adjustable seats. I have limited experience with them so I'll refrain from any comments-See Placid site for info on those seats.