Posted by: nebeginner on Sep-04-12 7:41 AM (EST)
QCC ...never met one live and in person, so I can't comment on build. Design is, as you say, a matter of opinion ... and personal taste.
OK let's stipulate the QCC is, as you say, the equal in build quality to any of the aforementioned Brit boats. Is this only because build quality of such Brit boats as NDK, Valley, P&H, etc have declined, so much so that it now allows QCC to equal them? That's what sparked this sub-thread.
Or have these Brit boats maintained their quality, and others like QCC are rising and can now match them?
I don't believe anywhere in this entire thread does anyone say Brit boats are unmatched in build quality. But I don't think even you can say they have not earned a reputation of being among the best in that regard, and have long been the gold standard by which many if not most people measure built. You are doing so when holding QCC up to that level.
The comment I responded to was that Brit boat build and design is in decline. Given all the great builders and designs, I don't see that. That's not saying there are not other great boats out there, or that other places are not rising when it comes to design and quality of build.
So QCC may be equal to the build of my Valley, but I can't imagine any boat could be better built. And not because Valley is a Brit boat, but because from a build quality perspective, I can't imagine what would constitute better. So if QCC can build to that level, the same could be said of QCC.