Mitch, if your criteria for your next sea kayak are very rigid and very firm in your mind, then you owe it to yourself to test-paddle under varied conditions at least a couple or three boats. I gather you are interested in go-fast boats that could handle textured water. The QCC 700, the Epic 18X, the KayakPro Nemo all suggest themselves (among others) as kayaks to test. I find kayak "reviews", especially by happy owners, to be the least useful way to find out about any given boat's suitability. I'd suggest that you get friendly enough with any dealers or owners of such go-fast boats so that you can try them out under real-world conditions. There is no substitute.