The big difference in our 'Lil Dink and the one we would like (and suggested by Rick and others) is the ability to go longer distance.
Our dink goes to shore by the shortest distance and we make sure we anchor
so we are close to the dinghy dock
. We can't really go exploring if its more downwind than we can paddle back.
A bigger dinghy and a bigger more reliable outboard
means one can go explore the bay we are anchored in. say 2, 3 or 4 miles. A HUGE dink with a main OB and a small one if anything goes Kaput can let someone explore hours downwind, upwind or wherever.
A dink that is just good enough to bring home the groceries is fine - we have had outs for 2 years and nealry circumnaviagted. But a boat big enough to be independant of the mothership would be a vast asset that would be worth spending a few more weeks at work beofre you toss it all in and go cruising.
A big expensive dink and a big new expensive engine
is a wonderful thing when cruising