I don't see why you'd pay a penalty for a boat just because it is a shoal draft version. IMHO, the shoal draft designs are actually more versatile, even if they give up a bit on their ability to point. You can enter more anchorages and often have more storm holes that you can use in a shoal draft boat.
Did you even consider that one reason the shoal draft boats aren't for sale may be that people are reluctant to sell them in an area where finding another shoal draft boat will be difficult???
Of course, my opinion may be somewhat biased, as i have the ultimate in shoal draft boats myself... a multihull.
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