Boatster, it really depends on what you need it to do. If you use it to carry fluids (water and fuel) to the boat, or all the shopping
for a passage
, or two months worth of laundry
, that when clean, you will want to stay dry on the way back to the boat, you will a larger dinghy
. If all you need it to do is a little exploring, and to and from the shore, and plan to go in to marinas
if you want to do laundry
, or shop, you can get by with a less capable dinghy
. If you want to row out an additional anchor
when it's blowing 30 knots, forget it. Little inflatables are skittery, and poor row boats--and the larger ones are only slightly better as rowboats.
To me, the dinghy is like the family
car or pickup truck. It's a workhorse, not a show pony.