Yay open boating! Like you, I am a guide who never got into kayaking, but fell in love with the first mad river outrage I ever kneeled in! By very serendipitous means I ended up with a mohawk rodeo, it's not quite the outrage I was looking for, but I really like it! Of course I only day trip in it, & usually only class II-III. but thats what I was looking for. (if I'm on a multi day trip, the gear pig is mine baby! I love rowing, I like being comfortable & I like sitting on a treasure chest full of beer.)
Anyways, sounds like these folks have pointed you to some good resources. Also, keep your eyes open on the gear swap here on the buzz, you never know when your perfect boat is gonna pop up in your area.
Good luck & welcome to the wonderful world of OC1ing!
oh, & Definitely get your hands on some of those old Kent Ford videos, technique is critical in an open boat, & it's not like paddling a raft (I keep having to remind myself that when I'm in my rodeo!) And yeah, those videos will do you right.