My go to boat for bigger water these days is my husband’s old Romany. His first composite sea kayak was a Valley Aquanaut. The Aquanaut had higher hull speed and when he got it going well he could see and feel the diff between his Aquanaut and the rather dense array of NDK Explorers in that older paddling group. And easily the diff between that and the Romany, though only part of it was hull speed because they were also two very different design goals. The choice of the Romany was often made because it was a paddling day where higher maneuverability was going to be an asset.
My faster boat off the start is an old P&H Vela. Which is truly a spritely boat up to a certain point, when she gets to hull speed. Then there is a noticeable bow wake and boats that may be harder to come up to speed are having an easier time. My first sea kayak, a plastic CD Squall, rarely ever had a bow wake with me paddling. Fairly good hull speed for a plastic boat, like most of the Solstice line.
I am not clear on how designers assess or measure hull speed. But across a variety of other design factors - rocker, stiffness, tracking - in my experience boats that have lower hull speeds set up bow wakes sooner than ones with higher hull speeds. And in the case of my Vela can be faster at the initial sprint up to that point.
The bow wake being back from the bow is a matter of the rocker in the Romany, in my Vela with a deep bow it is right at the front. But the effect on speed is the same wherever it sets itself up.
If you are finding this to be an issue, I suggest you look for an older Valley Aquanaut. Should be cheaper since it is an older design, behaves well in all the stuff any Explorer can handle and has better hull speed. You will have to put it on edge to turn, something you can hint at in the Romany to get a turn. But you will find it to be an easier paddle once you have it to speed than the Romany.