I'm on the FD (USAR) purchasing committee for a swiftwater rescue boat for our region. Unfortunately inflatables are not widely used in Missouri. The most common use is generic/cheap brands that used float trip boats on the local rivers. That said, I don't consider anyone here (in Mo) any kind of expert. Mainly because we simply don't use them. FEMA has sent money our way because of the flooding issues that we encounter on a regular basis. We have 15K budgeted. Why is there such a price difference between Zodiac and the competition? Is there that much of a difference. or is it a name thing? We are also considering a ProJet Rescue motor, but it's my understanding they need to be sent to FL for repairs repairs. I'm sure someone here, probably from one of the coasts or great lakes can offer some input. Thanks.