Don't get upset yet. A 24 degree dead rise is definately going to yield a better ride than a 21 degree. A buddy of mine upgraded from a 226 Baja to a 24 OL and he said it was night and day. Be patient its a buyers market right now, and now is the time when everyone is putting their boats up for sale. My advice to you if you can is too spend a little more jack right now if you can because you will spend it later when you upgrade. I should have listened to this advice, I am on my 3rd boat in 4 years. I just purchase a new to me boat last month and I see boats that I like and fit into my catergory every week.
All BSing aside, their are alot of nice perf boats in Michigan, just be patient you'll find one. I think that PQ you had listed in your previous post or a 29-31 ft. Formula would best suite your needs!