My experiences rowing a cargo-carrying cat from the front rowing position are similar to those of Water Wizard. I've rowed a 14' Ocelot from a forward rowing position RecreTec frame for over 20 years, and a 16.5 foot Argonaut (prototype to the Aire double-tubed Panther) for 7 years, and then a 17 foot (x 26" tube) Sotar Classic St for five years, from the front position. Initially, The Argonaut was rowed from the center position, but once I tried it in the front, I never went back. I've rowed the bigger boats from the front on Cataract Canyon, Grand, Lochsa, Rio Grande, Salt, Salmon, MF Salmon, Taos Box, Animas, Arkansas, Piedra, and others.
The boat pivots quickly, provides a balanced load, provides me with a better view of the river, allows me to power through big waves/holes, while protecting my precious cargo (wife).
I have a 5 bay DRE frame with scouting bars and pins in front bay, rower and cooler in second bay, passenger foot brace and 2 captains boxes in third bay, passenger seating and dry box in fourth bay, and fifth bay is a drop bag for dry bags beneath an aluminum table.
The large cargo carrying, front row module boat will "feel" different, but it all comes down to personal preference. What I most enjoy is being that close to the big wave or the big hole. You may have to just try it to see what you like. If you are carrying children, it's nice to have them behind you, for protection, but you also need to turn around periodically to make sure they didn't get washed out in the last rapid.
Good luck with your decision!