Sorry to hear about the Cancer thing. That has to be tough.
What surprised me about the Hobie liner vs the cut bucket is that other than a nicer top finish and a little more carrying capacity (cuz it fits the rectangular space a bit better), the Hobie liner isn't all that much nicer.
For some reason I had expected a liner that allowed more of the bow area to be used. On the other hand, Hobie's liner had to be engineered to fit through the hatch opening. No matter for me ...I just stick two fairly large dry bags in the front hatch and hope they don't migrate to other areas of the hull.
Absolute kayaking corrupts absolutely.