It has been a long time since I originally submitted this post, but I finally saved enough money and pulled the trigger on a new Terrova with AP/US 80lb with a 60" shaft.
The stow and deploy on the Terrova just seems a lot better and I like the foot pedal with AP on it better as well as the extra 10lbs of thrust.
I won't be able to test this for a couple of months as we are right in the middle of our worst blizzard of the year, but I got a good show discount on it and had some tax money to pay for it.
I will follow-up with my experience after testing it out this summer.
Happy fishing until then!