I've been looking for a solo canoe to use for 2-4 day camping trips on the local rivers as well as day playing and fishing on the local impoundments. I've had great fun soloing my tandem but would like something more manageable to improve my river paddling skills. I am 5'8'' and 200 pounds, 15 pound dog, my pack weighed about 40# last time, I like to take a small cooler, so that would bring me close to the max weight for the Wildfire for camping, but not for day trips. I like to kneel when I solo with some occasional sitting for relief.
I was wondering if a Wildfire would be a good fit.
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Posted by: pblanc on Jul-11-13 1:13 PM (EST)
I think the Wildfire would be big enough for you for day trips with or without your dog.
Posted by: thebob.com on Jul-11-13 1:40 PM (EST)
Yeah, good suggestions. I'd find |
Posted by: ezwater on Jul-11-13 5:02 PM (EST)
packing a Wildfire might push me into ultralight realm.
I was afraid of that|
Posted by: melenas on Jul-11-13 5:31 PM (EST)
I really need to lose some weight! One size up, there was a Starfire on the classifieds here, but maybe that's more of a solo/tandem hybrid. I could lose the cooler and drink hot water all days and nights (not just the last).
Posted by: Boyscout on Jul-14-13 5:48 AM (EST)
I am around 5.8 & around 240 and could get enough gear for a decent multi overnighter in a widfire. that being said the Freedom solo would seem a better choice. i currently paddle a freedom solo. can get more gear in the FS and it still turns and handle as good as the wildefire did for me. plus I can kneel or sit in many more positions in the FS than the could the Wildefire. the FS is going to catch more wind though.
You had Rx Wildfire/Yellowstone Solo, |
Posted by: Yanoer on Jul-14-13 10:11 AM (EST)
not a composite Wildfire, correct.
Posted by: pblanc on Jul-14-13 5:06 PM (EST)
Mike had a Royalex Yellowstone Solo/Wildfire.
Rent , taking canoe to a river or two.|
Posted by: bigspencer on Jul-11-13 5:55 PM (EST)
Find someplace that'll let you take it off their compound...to a river. You need to try it out for yourself....and practice learned strokes for moving water(via DVD, books...etc).
Wildfire or Yellowstone?|
Posted by: eckilson on Jul-11-13 8:12 PM (EST)
I'm bigger than you (220 pounds), and I paddled my Yellowstone for a week in the Adirondacks. It held everything I needed - two big dry bags, a cooler and my portage cart. Not sure how much room your dog will need, but weight shouldn't be an issue. Can't speak about a composite Wildfire.
Posted by: melenas on Jul-11-13 8:57 PM (EST)
and the dog often meditates on top of packs or underneath my seat. But I can appreciate the concerns about freeboard in situations with waves.
FG? I have a black/gold Wildfire.|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Jul-11-13 9:35 PM (EST)
Maybe only Charlie Wilson on this board would know if anyone ever made a true Wildfire out of fiberglass (only).
Posted by: thebob.com on Jul-11-13 10:36 PM (EST)
Riverstrider's SRT with a load|
Posted by: eckilson on Jul-12-13 7:11 AM (EST)
..rides much higher in the water.
Posted by: Boyscout on Jul-14-13 6:15 AM (EST)
Have a solo 14 from the TN factory. I picked mine up on the way home from vacation. so cant say how much shipping would cost you. but the service was great. its worth asking if any blemish hulls are in stock. could save some on the cost of the Canoe. downside is you would have little if any choice in color. But at the same time they would start as soon as your order was placed. when looking to order a Freedom Solo I was told by two difirent places(close to HOME) that I may have to wait a while due to how Mad river prefers to make and ship several canoes at a time.(Had to drive 200 miles to get one that was in stock)
so I've been told|
Posted by: melenas on Jul-11-13 10:55 PM (EST)
I don't think the person really knew, but there are flotation tanks. Maybe Fiberlar (was that the name?)
The WF should work just fine|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jul-11-13 11:20 PM (EST)
Tripping in a Wildfire|
Posted by: dancookeccs on Jul-15-13 5:58 PM (EST)
I have tripped in the BWCAW in a wildfire with all my gear plus a steel woodstove and hot tent. 230 me and 70 lbs. No problem. I often trip in my Flashfire. The Wildfire can hold more than you want to paddle. Everyone has different expectations so what I like you may find disagreeable.
A few more Wildfire/Yellowstone pics|
Posted by: TommyC1 on Jul-12-13 6:15 AM (EST)
tandem prospector maybe?|
Posted by: franknc on Jul-12-13 8:18 AM (EST)
I think a prospector paddles really well solo with a big load and even then is great on rivers. Not the bst in the wind on lakes, but nothing beats a guideboat for that anyway.
Posted by: melenas on Jul-12-13 10:07 AM (EST)
I knew it wouldn't last more than a day at less than $200 but I had an afternoon doctor's appointment yesterday and didn't want to make the drive the same day.
Less than $200!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Jul-12-13 11:49 AM (EST)
For a Wildfire?
sounds incredible, doesn't it|
Posted by: melenas on Jul-12-13 1:54 PM (EST)
but it's true.
Some years ago a Flash hit craigslist |
Posted by: clarion on Jul-12-13 6:38 PM (EST)
in NY for $200. Anyone know who snagged it? I spoke with the seller minutes after it was gone. She had no idea what it was till it was sold.
Posted by: mr_canoehead on Jul-16-13 1:30 PM (EST)
The question was about a WildFire|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jul-16-13 1:34 PM (EST)
The Rx version is NOT a WildFire. The former does have a skegged stern. The latter has symmetric rocker.