When you visit Placid Boatworks, Joe makes you feel like family. I was able to see one of the boats being made, and had a tour of the new shop. I had the opportunity to test paddle a Rapidfire to pick out the seat and paddle combination that was best for me in the adjoining pond.
My previous boat weighed in at over 60 lbs, and wasn't so fun to put on the top of my Yukon by myself at the end of a long day of paddling. With the Rapidfire, I know I will spend more time on the water because it is just so easy to manage. That is worth a lot to me.
I love the speed and feel of the Rapidfire. Joe was more than willing to answer a few of my questions during my visit since is my 3rd season paddling (I'm 51). My friend who grew up in the Adirondacks and is an experienced paddler absolutely loved the R apidfire when he paddled mine last week.
I am also happy that I was able to support a small business that actually makes a superior product right here in the USA! The workmanship and design is great, and I could not be more pleased with my purchase.