requirements are closely related to one's location and one's cruising style. We've been cruising in the south Pacific
for the last 18 years, spend 90% of our stationary time at anchor
, and tend to avoid crowded places. Our strong conviction is that life is improved under these conditions with the biggest dinghy one can get on deck!
And we also feel that being able to plane with the whole crew (2 in our case) is desireable. This all adds up to a 3.4 metre alloy hull RIB
and a 15 hp Yammi. We use the main halyard
to handle the motor
(no sweat at all, and we are definitely in the geriatric set), and the spinny halyard
the dink onto the foredeck when going to sea. We also have a 3.5 hp Johnson, but seldom use it, despite its very light weight. Why? Noisy, lots of vibration, and it seems to use at least as much fuel
per mile as the larger motor
-- this was a big disappointment to us!
This combination allows us to anchor
where we feel the yacht is safest or most comfortable without having to consider distance from a dinghy landing or other destination
. It also improves the odds of getting stuff from shore back home DRY. Having fresh laundry
, painstakingly done in a stream ashore and dried on a bush in the sun then soaked in salt
spray whilst returning home tends to make the admiral a bit grumpy...
Incidentally, we do always carry oars, and often row (tandem) for pleasure. If you do opt for an inflatable
, be sure that it has some form of oarlocks rather than relying on paddles. Solo paddling a beamy inflatable
is a frustrating activity!
Good luck in your choices!