I don't know if you noticed some of the dates on some of the preceding posts, but they are somewhat ancient history. I just happened to stop in here today--almost by accident.
Anyway, I looked back over some of the "ancient history" and I had forgotten most of it. A lot of water has passed under my keel since some of those old posts. Over the past few years I have demoed a ton of boats and have been very underwhelmed by a few of them that were at the top of my list. On the other hand, I really liked a couple of them, but I hesitate to mention brands, or models for fear of being rebuked for having an opinion. Oh what the heck; Valley Nordkapp and Eddyline Raven. There, I did it and I will apologize to those two companies for any damage that incurs from my opinion.
Just for the record, I have lost none of the enthusiasm for the boat that I dare not mention. It continues to satisfy my paddling pleasure in ways I never expected.