This kayak is a pleasure to paddle with excellent glide and maneuverability. The cockpit size enables me to enter and exit the boat comfortably in spite of a hip issue. Loading, unloading and portaging the boat is manageable due to the balance and weight. I have paddled the boat in both large and smaller bodies of water in upstate NY with confidence. In general I have found that the skeg is needed only in windy conditions.
My initial Saranac (14 LV) was problematic due to aging issues (mine not the boat.) Bill Swift worked diligently with me to resolve the issue. In the end the Saranac 14, standard volume was the best option.
Aside from thoroughly enjoying this boat (and the Kiwassa 14 in our household) Swift Canoe and Kayak get my '10' for outstanding customer service.
The Rapidfire is light, well constructed and fun to paddle on both the small and larger bodies of water we explored in the ADKS during the first paddling season.. The glide and handling are surprisingly kayak-like while the open deck and stability accommodate the dog and lots of gear. I opted for the medium kayak seating option and use a 230 cm kayak paddle. I highly recommend the optional dog pad.
I expect to add a deck cover for the upcoming paddling season for rainy and windy conditions. Overall I look forward to another summer in the ADKS with the Placid Rapidfire.