I considered both EVO and Quest before, bought a Quest 135 (thanks to Willowleaf’s kind help) and love it. Great handling and tracking, nimble and pretty fast for its length.
EVO seems to have a flat bottom. It likely won’t perform as well as Quest (which presents a slight v hull in water).
Here is a 3rd option:
This Itiwit / Decathlon X500 drop stitch kayak weights at 35 lbs (about 12.5’ long and 25" wide) and has a very unique v shaped hull (unlike all other DS flat bottomed kayaks I have seen):
I have not tried it, but a very technical kayaker friend of mine is saving up to buy one. He likes Quest 135/150, but does not like its assembly time requirement. That X500 is supposed to be assembled quite a bit faster (like 15min?).
Did your Yostwerks Sea Otter have sponsons and did you install them correctly (not too low)? I flipped it over 3 times when I put my Quest’s sponsons way too low, but once I corrected the placements I had zero problem with balancing in that 23" wide kayak. Quest’s primary stability is not great due to v hull shape (though I prefer to have v hull’s better performance), but paddler has to trust its secondary stability and relax to enjoy the ride (it may feel wobbly but won’t easily tip over).
Your Sea Otter may take more practice due to its 20" width.
On Amazon, I have found Oru Bay clones from China for around $700, if I remember correctly. It may be risky to try them though. I have seen Oru Bay in store, but something does not feel right in view of its $1200 price tag. Neither material nor hull design looks great to me, but I could be totally wrong (I have not paddled Oru Bay in person).