How much for vantage?Well I'm partial to East Cape skiffs
-EVOx or EVOv, Fury, Caimen or you could buy my Vantage that happens to be for sale (shameless plug but not a 7" boat)
Chittum Laguna Madre 18 is a very nice boat
Lots of really good skiffs out there. Depends on how you fish, where you fish, what style boats you like, and your budget.
I have the 1820, rides great with 4 people, and handles chop well. With 2 people in the boat it drafts about 10”. You can pole it but it is not as easy to pole as a tech skiff.What about Action Craft? Like 1820 or something? You might get a 9" draft with a light load?