Ok, I seem to have misunderstood the original scenario
Usual practice when arriving by inflatable on a beach is to stop short before grounding (or just when bumped the shore) and then get out of the dink. Main reason is that never be sure what is underneath (it being underwater
). Once people are out of the dink it can be easily floated onto shore, at least enough so it won't float off whilst you unload it. and then can be picked up and carried above the tideline (2 is easier - but a 9 footer is doable for one).....that's where oars win over an outboard
saves a trip up and down the beach.
Downside is that you either need Wellington boots - or have shoes and socks off. Wearing crocs and shorts would be ideal, but that one for the sunnier climes
Upside is that you would be unlucky to rip the dink on an underwater object (stones / shells / glass / rusty whatevers) - as well as cutting down on abrasion / damaging the seams......and on the TLC front, washing
down with a hose works well - not simply about removing salt
but removing sand and stones (and small critters
) from nooks and crannies. It's one of those prevention things.
Oh, and don't stand inside a soft bottomed dink when on the beach / ashore - just in case it is sitting on top of something sharper than it looked.
Can of course fit wheels to an inflatable - have seen all kinds of contraptions attached to the outboard
brackets of Avons. but (like any dinghy wheels) won't be doing any long or fast or fully laden journeys
Waiting for the tide to come in is a good "trick"