I’ve been on a Searunner 22 across the Columbia River bar and Chehalis River bar, both are well known for being rough, and the boat was fine. Good suspension seats and you’re golden. I’ve owned an Alumaweld and currently have a Duckworth. The Hewes makes the Alumaweld look really bare-bones. Hewes has higher sides and heavier gauge than either of my boats.
Given what you’ve said about owning North River, I won’t go into that. They are good boats. The Duckworth Offshore and Weldcraft equivalent (same boat) are good choices.
Are you willing to consider fiberglass? The Defiance Guadalupe is a sweet ride.
No glass. NR manages to make nothing that works for me. The 27 is the standard but the cabins are ridiculous. I like duckworth offshore, but to be honest with you it won’t do anything the hewes can’t do with about a 50k+ price tag. They just don’t pencil out.
Everyone pretty much makes a 1/4 bottom, 3/16 sided offshore boat now. These hewes are a totally different boat than the 22 you were in.