You tried to craft an OP question that would avoid, obviate and preempt the various and sundry generalities, evasions, diversions, tangents, diverticulations, cul de sacs, and random walk-abouts that often snake like kudzu through pnet threads.
You failed. (Says he good naturedly, but nevertheless donning Kevlar and Nomex body armor.)
If you are on the Pacific, a reasonable answer would be to seek out a used Mariner Coaster with a sliding seat -- reportedly both a good entry and expert storm boat.
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