Better rider = deeper V also means less shallow water running (it's all give and take) No "bay\shallow" water boat is going run offshore like and deep V offshore boat... and a deep V offshore boat is not going to be running in a foot of water.
It's about what you want to do.
On a side note, I've noticed a lot big "brand name" "bay" boat designs seem to be more geared toward guys running offshore\open bay vs the running shallow water these days. 25" transom, heavy high sides etc. The Texas-made builders are not that way for the most part. If you like fishing flats in Texas exclusively I'd I go with a Texas-built boat... My old Pathfinder is a coast\bass boat
It has 20" transom for a lower profile in the water and less weight then you see now (new pathfinders are 25", you have to get a hewes or maverick for low sides)