Ok, the time has come to start seriously looking for my first boat. I went back and forth between a hard boat and a raft, but based on the waters I will fish and my future plans, the raft makes more sense. There are things I like better about each, but again, the first boat will be a raft. I have looked at different companies, read reviews and read this section of WFF and I have narrowed it down to either the Stream Tech or a SOTAR. From what I have read and having some help from Derek and having him answer some quesitons via PM's, I am really impressed with the Stream Tech boats and accessories. Some say the price is high, but looking at other new set ups, it doesn't seem too bad and that difference won't stop a purchase. It is still WAY cheaper than a Bass boat! Currently, the Stream Tech is in the lead. The other option that I am looking into is a SOTAR with a custom frame from Barney Conrads Custom Street (www.customstreetstuff.com). I haven't really heard any bad comments on the SOTAR boats and these frames look very nice! I think these two companies would make a great pair. From those in the know, which route, between these two would you take? I look forward to all responses. If it helps, I will be on some stillwaters (which I know won't be easy with a raft) and fishing Colorado, Idaho, Western Wyoming, Montana and possibly Oregon and Washington. Thanks in advance!