On Saturday i pressume you went out as the tide was comming in ! if you did you would have been going wind against tide and that creates small steep waves at Herne bay !! i know this as its a common thing in the area due to the shallow beds...... Dont worry about the bow riding high its a fact of small boat handling in rough sea's ask Phil
you do however need to play around a bit with your trim on a flat day and practice getting it right for the sea state and conditions then you shouldn't have a problem. I had a look out on Saturday too and decided not to go out.