No problem. I'm not "The Old Man and the Sea" or anything, but I've put in the time offshore throughout my life, hence my name, "Pelagic". My opinions are not the law of the land when it comes to anything; they are just opinions based on experience like anyone else. But I do feel I offer a different perspective, similarly to SurfinGringo (which in his case, I feel he knows what is best and I certainly understand why he designed the Waterway. There's nothing dangerous for a fixed blade to get snagged on on a kayak).
Going back to the salt line though, I feel they are made a certain way for a reason. I'd personally rather see a stronger pivot, somewhat thick liners, and an incredible stop pin. Other than the toughness of the pivot (and I realize this is a knit-picky criticism), I think the salt knives are designed very well. Some spine thickness is good. A sheepsfoot style blade is good. The steel is perfect for your go-to knife, EVEN PE H1 on certain lines of work offshore (capable of withstanding damage). Of course LC200N is better overall, but if you keep sharpening supplies nearby, nothing wrong with H1, which will essentially never chip or fracture on you. Maybe spyderco simply wanted to appeal to the corrosion resistant crowd and not the boatman crowd. Of that, I am not certain. But people know what they're getting when they think of the Native. A short, stubby, strong blade that is still an OK slicer and fabulous ergonomics. I think a lot of those features fit the bill when it comes to life at sea.
The ocean is the reason I view knives differently. When someone asks "why would you need a folder that tough?" my answer in my mind is "if you only knew". When someone asks, if you need more toughness than this, you should be using a fixed blade" my answer is "it's not always that simple". I know spyderco is not a mariner's knife company. I'd like to see a LC200N wharnie/sheepsfoot blade spydie with a marlin spike on the back. That would be incredible. But I know it's not feasible because people like me are a very small minority of Spyderco's market. I do, however, run into many people in shipyards who are toting Spyderco's. They don't know much about sharpening and couldn't tell you what steel the blade is made of, they just like it. Most of these people had a Military.