Well after it was all said and done it came out to $150 for the upgrade to the 2011 style boat over the 2008 one I had prior.
The new one is supposed to track better in flat water as well as do a bit better in whitewater (not that it matters all that much there as I won't be hitting big Class IV with this anyways )
Pretty excited to get this in the water, but not so much so that I am anxious for the snow to melt. Spring riding is here!!!