Leaving aside comparing them to the feature sets, performance, and designs of newer boats like Tide Race, Cetus, and Etain; curious about opinions of others about older boats that often seem described as quirky as opposed to classic. For example, the NDK boats, AA, and Nordkapp are often said to be a classics, but other boats which seem to have similar traits in terms of more demanding due to low stability are described as quirky. For example the Nigel Foster boats, Pintail, and the Bahiya. Do these boats have some characteristics that makes them unpopular or not good performers? Or just they never became well known? Or just they suit a limited subset of paddlers? It seems one common thread about quirky boats is people either dislike them or they really like them. Perhaps that means some are more willing to deal with negatives to get superlatives as opposed to wanting/liking an all around competent boat. Still, don't think of the Nordkapp as an all around boat so why is it a classic and the Bahiya quirky?
Question came to mind when I was looking at a real bargain on a Bahiya. Given its orphaned status and reputation, I was faced with conundrum of whether it was solid boat not appreciated or really quirky boat to be avoided. A routine test paddle unlikely to resolve the question.