Thanks for posting the McNulty Huntsman meeting the designer encounter. A nice little piece of paddling "history." Didn't McNulty make those troublesome, screw-on 7" hatches years ago? I replaced my wife's with Kajak Sport units.
While the Huntsman is not in the same class as modern kayaks - even a lot of the Eddyline kayaks are faster and more manouverable, the price was right and my wife loves it. We bought a used one made in North America I assume. Not sure if it was an authorized reproduction or not, as I don't know the history of the boat but have been told there was a time when thay were made near Vancouver BC.
I should correct my last post that stated the Nordkapp looses potential hull speed as some of its waterline is above the surface. Of course, I should have said that some of the kayak's length is above the waterline. Many boats are that way. I know someone who reproduced a Nordkapp (I'm talking pre-Jubilee model)with permission in a strip boat and added more waterline length under the bow.
Speaking of mini "historical" meetings, I was out paddling my Nordkapp in the early 80's along Vancouver Island's east coast. I bumped into Doug Simpson, test paddling his new Feathercraft on a very long multi-day trip. Still is a beautiful folder and sells well. Those were the days, when paddlers raced toward each other to say hi, and waved or honked at each other passing by in their kayak-loaded cars.