I know very few people who are comfortable in it. If you are going that route for a "cheap sea kayak" the explorer will fit more people and conditions.
For actual cheap you must go with plastic. Given that you wanted Sea Kayak recommendations and not just any rough water boat recommendations. that means boats over 16 feet and less than 24 inches wide.
In that range there is are a bunch of boats that are good all arounders:
Tempest 170 - will fit everyone, some will need extra hip pads.
P&H Soltice - the standard one can be padded out and adjusted for smaller paddlers the LV model cannot be made bigger.
There are also lots of rec boats that would fit the conditions you suggest:
P&H Delphin - slow and short but very capable. The Mariner coaster is not fast but it has all sorts of Legends written about it so length is not everything.
WS Alchemy - Nice all around 14 footer that it rock bashing capable and easy to control on waves. I would not want to use it to keep up with a fast group in flat water though.
Venture Easky 15 - another wonderful and capable rec boat that is ony a bit shorter and wider than what the experts tell me a sea kayak must be.
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