I've got an old Eskimo Salto, and I plan on running it into the ground. It's showing its age, so that should be sometime this season
. I've also had a Dagger Nomad 8.3 and a Wavesport habitat over the years.
The other posters are right. Boat design has come a long ways, but it usually comes down to what you get used to paddling and just what lasts. Although a new Dagger Mamba, Wavesport Recon or Jackson Karma would be sweet as, I bought my Salto four years ago for $350 and it's still banging down rivers today. Plus, get an old boat and you have something to blame all your missed boofs and botched lines on! If you ever paddle with me you're welcome to try my Salto, and a lot of other paddler's will offer the same to you.