Hi everyone, this is my first post, and i'm about to take the plunge and get my first true sea kayak. I currently have a Perception 13.5 poly and a OK Scrambler (for fishing). Both are very capable kayaks, but my goal is to start making overnight trips to our barrier islands, which lie approx. 6-12 miles offshore, and though I could probably make the trip in either kayak, I really feel that I need the extra speed, rough water capability and storage that a 16 plus sea kayak will offer.
My problem is that there are so many to choose from. I realize that i'll have to sea trail before making a decision, but i'm trying to narrow my choices by finding kayaks that fit my specific needs. What I want is a poly kayak that is very stable at rest, is very good in rough water, will be good for a taller paddler (i'm six ft., 165 lbs) and has good storage. I'm willing to sacrifice speed for stability and rough water handling, since i'll probably never be travelling more that 10 miles in a day.
I was leaning towards the WS Tempest or Tsunami, but i'm hearing bad things about leaky hatches.
Any guidance or advice you all can offer will be greatly appreciated.