What is so cool is everybody loves the boat they have; whether it is a raft, cat, PVC, hypalon. urathane, import, USA made. If you have a good boat that you like and are on the water that's all that counts. It is such a great sport, fishing, white water, rowing, paddling. It's all the same fun, the same escape from the concrete jungle. There is no one boat that is more fun than another. They are all equally great and all boaters are lucky to have this same passion.
For Dave S whatever kind or brand of boat he gets he is going to have a lot of fun. For Dave S my advice is choose any good small light boat, raft, cataraft, or whatever and join this great river community. Be safe, have fun and catch a whole bunch of fish.
Good luck and have fun choosing your new toy.