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... And there are so many great boats out there! I have a Nordklo (Nordkapp low volume), which is a great boat for rough weather. It's also fast. It's small, and I know the regular volume Nordkapp is an expedition boat, and I have heard the the reg vol version needs weight in it to handle like the low does with just a paddler.
I like Valley boats, well, the old models anyway. Aquanaut is a great boat. Valley has essentially become P&H, with there new boats being more P&H in design than what Valley was. That's not a bad thing, because if you can't get a Valley, A P&H is just as good, as the old saying goes.
Someone mentioned NDK, the Explorer. Another excellent company and expedition class boat that can handle rough weather.
These three companies and the boats mentioned are not the newest designs, but they are proven and durable, designed for rough seas.
I had several Tempests, and the designer created a great boat. Only issues are hatches and leaks, which does not sound all that comforting for where you're going to be paddling.
So opinions are all anyone can give you, and it's tough that there are not so many options to try out boats up there. Perhaps people you paddle with can let you try theirs to see the fit?
If you can't, I guess if I was in your position I'd think a solid proven design from one of the 3 Brit companies would be safest bets.
Not saying there aren't other great boats out there, just from my own limited experience these are solid safe expedition boats.
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