Here's another boat to consider. Its the range banshee. I researched poling skiffs for about 18 months and flew to Fl on three seperate ocassions to demo every poling skiff I could. It was a challenge finding a skiff that would preform well her in TX. I need ultra skinny draft, great hull shot, be able to run shallow, and hopefully not beat me to death. I really wasn't on that much of a budget but I wasn't going to spend 40k on a 17' skiff with a 60 merc....I can't justify that in my mind.
As this boat sits, I cost 17k out the door. That includes the boat, motor, alum trailer, jackplate, and aluminum work. I have enjoyed every second on water with this little boat.