The only way to really know is to try them all first hand, which means you'll probably have to make several trips to FL to demo all of these skiffs. I made 4 trips to FL before pulling the trigger. One thing you'll notice very quickly is that published draft numbers are not accurate for 90% of the skiffs. Good luck on your search.
I've got a friend that has a Hells Bay and one of his buddies just bought a beavertail. The guy w/ the hells bay said the beavertail is almost the exact same hull. He said the biggest difference is the rigging, etc.... As neumie said, lots of boat for the buck. Not sure how much more the beavertail weighs? There's my 2 cents for what it's worth.
If your interested in beavertails, contact them and they can give you the number of Jeff Shatto.. He is here in houston and there local rep.. Also you can talk to various guides about the other boats.. I know Capt Sally runs the maverick and loves it...
There are a few Hells bays around galveston, but not to many