Ive always used hard dinghies and would consider an inflatable
a downgrade, 30yrs ago i used to manufacture a line of fiberglass
lapstrake dinghies and built hundreds of them but to be honest its hard to beat a good plywood
boat for low build and repair/maintainance cost plus light weight.One of the best features of a LIGHTWEIGHT hard tender
is the ease of portaging up the beach upside down on your shoulders just like a canoe,most glass ones are simply too heavy which leads people to drag them which causes damage. When i was building the fiberglass
boats i built my own lightweight version of the large volume 8ft 6" model with bungee loops on the thwarts to stow the oars and coiled painters for portaging and the 12lb outboard
stowed nicely under the center thwart,the entire thing with motor
was under 70lbs and i could walk for miles with it,and of course theres the pleasure of rowing.