I plead guilty to pushing NC boats and I'm not backing off one bit. Mitch wants a fast boat that is very seaworthy. That is NC to a tee.
By all means, I would suggest that anyone try out as many boats as possible and there is where the problem comes. NC boats are not sold through dealers, but I think there is one somewhere in the Northeast that sometimes buys one for resale. The same is true of QCC and a few other factory direct boats. If owners can't get the word out about these great boats, then how are potential buyers going to learn about them?
MikeH, I would never suggest that any one boat is the best choice for every paddler--least of all a boat like the NC Expedition, but when someone makes a generally inquiry about a great sea kayak, I'm going to add my two cents.
I can tell that you are very enthusiastic about your boat as you should be and I would never suggest that you keep it a secret.