Just what is it that is over the top? I can't remember everything I've said about NC kayaks, but if I said it, I meant it. That's called an opinion. And it isn't my primary point to be an advocate for NC. I usually only offer my opinion about their boats when someone asks for suggestions either about NC in particular, or for recommendations about a good sea kayak.
If I were manufacturing kayaks, I would much prefer someone express exuberance about my product than to say it's an okay boat that has possible rudder problems.
I really do like my NC a lot and for that matter, I like all of my kayaks, but the Expedition really is very special to me. If the boat falls apart, or lets me down, I might change my mind, but until that happens.... Magic, I'm sorry that you and Katabatic have yet to find a boat that turns you on.