Reading through all these post, it does not look like your original question got the answer of doing it all in one boat. So I will tell you what I did. I struggled with the same question for a long time. I finally decided to do it with 2 boats for several reasons. Having limited deck
space (36 ft boat) I thought was a challenge. As it turns out, it was not an issue at all. Patience sorts it all out.
Trying to do all things with one boat is just too much compromise and I don't think you'd ever be happy.
Having 2 different purpose boats is nice if one should go missing or people want to do different things.
So I carry my 8 ft Walker Bay on my stern. My boarding ladder doubles as my davits
. No extra charge or weight. The lifting is done by my stern arch. That stern arch does sooooo much. The Walker Bay has the "flotation collar", but not the factory one. I made flotation tubes out of mesh and filled them with 8 deflatable stowaway fenders. If it sounds trashy, I do get a lot of compliments on it. I am very fussy about aesthetics.
(which I have sold and will be replacing with a folding transom RIB) was either stowed in the quarterberth or forward of the mast
I love my sailing dink and simply was not willing to give it up, but I believe a "GO FAST" dink has a lot of value. I have used to as a tug as well as a dive platform. And I simply like to get the the dingy tie up fast. I think there is a safety
factor in the inflatable
, especially when it's a go fast.
Each boat has it's own engine
(the Walker Bay does motor
, as well as row and sail). I am covered.
So it can be done, and on less boat than I ever thought it could.