The rapid roberts are almost the same thing. The boat above is an OLD model. The newer ones are built a bit more friendly. Of course they won't cut as well in the water, but it's the "trade off" between a good drift boat and powered boat. But it's workable, depending on what you get. The aluminum boat I had (it was a standard drift boat mind you) with LS 9.9hp ran like a champ, trolled nice, and did what I needed it too. Yeah, you get some sway, but any flat bottomed sled not on plane with main motor did same thing (I know mine did).
I agree with going to the Portland show vs the Puyallup show. Love the Puyallup show, don't get me wrong, but the Portland show is A LOT bigger. Plus, getting close to the end of the show season (last show is Redmond for this circuit) so may get a better deal, especially if they have any on the floor.