Whatever gets you down the river. That said I'm guy who started the thread "why i did'nt buy a saturn" thread and the "why I bought an expensive made in USA thread.
If you want to float and run the rivers that we have out west, get what you can afford. I got a grat deal on my 1st boat 1500 for the tubes and a frame, maxxon and a gary frame. I loved it and when i finally came around to getting an Aire i saved up and sold the boat that I had.
Get it, if you wind up not having the time and the places to go rafting or, not fall in love with the whole rafting thing you'll sell it for alot less than you paid for it. But if you do fall for the whole enclhilada you will upgrade sooner than later.
I will say look at the rmr's and vanguards or maxxon before you make a final decsion, but hey whatever floats your boat.
See you on the river!
Who's your monkey?