As with all things cruising, simplicity is the key to success. The more complicated you make things the quicker you stop observing them and end up with having to replace the item.
- - Where you plan to cruise
and use the dinghy makes a huge difference in the type of dinghy you want. Sandy beaches are the easiest to deal with. But rocks and coral
beaches are a whole different story. Then there is warm water
versus cold northern waters. You really don't want to be wading through near freezing water
to get the dinghy and you to shore.
- - So many different things will work if you keep the process simple without complicated do-hickies to rig and activate. One of the reasons the over-priced Walker Bay is popular is that it can be rowed well and will take the abuse of being dragged over rocks and beaches.
- - Pure inflatables are the most economical to purchase
but have major drawbacks as to lasting when dragged or run over sharp stuff. And rowing is near impossible. There are no "hard points" on the tubes so everything twists and flexes too much for the oars to get a bite. Paddling is more productive. A pure inflatable may be attractive at first due to it low cost but if you have to keep patching and/or replacing it then the rigid dinghies may be a better deal in the long run.