Great story/review. Nothing like a time crunch and a dam to test a boat's capabilities.
My good friend Brian has been using a Remix 79 all season. He considers it to be the boat for Idaho-style big water (personally, I am loving my Super Hero for the same stuff). What most surprised me was how well the boat seemed to perform for him on our recent pilgramige to Upper Cherry and the Little White. I was expecting him to be pitoning, over paddling, and plugging things left and right, but it didn't happen (not necessarily due to the boat). The Remix appears to shoot out of drops very nicely due to the slightly scooped stern. Brain has said that it takes a little adjustment to boof the Remix properly, mainly because it has a longer stern than most creekboaters have become accustomed to. He's seems to get the best boofs when he pulls on his boof stroke a little longer, gets slightly in the back seat, and then aggressively shifts his weight forward to flatten the boat out in the air. He's certainly stoked on it, and it looks like the boat carries a load really well.