I just bought a used Aire for my first boat, it's been used two seasons and I have warranty for another eight years.
I saved $2000 over cost of new when factoring in the frame it came with and that's not counting savings on sales tax.
If I'm not in love with the boat I can get most of my money out of it and try again.
And I'm less of a freak with it as it's already stained and marked.
Mines a 156D I have three kids but we're most likely running larger rivers. It's easy to buy too small though.