Posted by: oldgeezer1 on Nov-07-12 7:29 AM (EST)
I would certainly agree on that. But there are some NDK boats out there that have a good solid build.
One thing I would comment on though is that the GP is inherintly less durable. The hard edges chip easily on rocks, the flat hull flexes and could be easily damaged in a rocky landing, etc. A rounded hull is inherintly much stronger.
As to surfing, I sometimes found the nose of the GP to pearl a bit, given its straight lines. Not so with the Nordkapp. On the other hand, these straight lines make it slice through chop, rather than riding up and over so it may be faster paddling into chop. GP also may weather cock a bit less.
Close call between both boats. Pros and cons to each, but overall both are great.
Again, just interested in others' opinions and experiences.