I desperately want an Alpacka raft (not sure which model). With the spray skirt, I believe, they run about one thousand dollars.
However, I have heard that NRS will be coming out with a similar raft this summer that will be cheaper and as durable if not more durable. The person that I heard this from certainly has a bias towards NRS as they work at AK Raft/Kayak, but I've had an NRS cat for 8 years and have been more than happy with its performance and the warranty.
The Alpacka rafts are proven and I like buying locally, but if I can get the same/better boat (not sure if this is true) for a better price, I am all over the cheaper raft.