Raft here too. I mostly catboat, but mine is a one person boat. When a passenger and/or dogs are involved, the raft is the boat of choice. Many people do multiple passengers on cat-boats, but I think it's something where they get into catboating first, and want to stick with that style. For a beginner, a used raft is a good testing ground to figure out what you really want someday.
Living in Montana, boating in Idaho