I sailed from San Francisco
Bay to the Sea of Cortez
(and back) with my wife and two teenagers. We have an Achilles RIB that weighs approximately 205 lbs. (92.9 kg) empty, and a 25hp, 2-stroke that weighs 114 lbs (51.7 kg). The fuel
weighs another 35 lbs. or so (15.8 kg). It was a pain in the butt to manhandle the dinghy from the foredeck over the side using the halyard
to raise and lower it, but it was worth it! I tried using a halyard
to raise and lower the outboard
, but it was easier for me to just lift
it and carry it myself. I finally bought a crane, but it's not installed yet. Other than the difficulty launching it, the two drawbacks I found were;
1. It used a lot of fuel, and
2. It was very difficult to pull it up the beach far enough.
The benefits included;
1. It was very fast, and never failed to plane no matter how many people (up to 7 adults) or how much stuff was in it. (planing really kept the splashing down)
2. It increased our ability to travel and explore in the dinghy.
3. It opened up our anchoring
choices, for example, at Cabo San Lucas, we anchored over a mile away from the harbor entrance, away from the noise
of the bars and away from most of the jet skis.
4. We were able to tow people on surfboards.
5. It was fun!
6. Did I mention that it was VERY fast?
I believe that the ideal tender
for me is two dinghies, one like the one I have, and a small one that either rows well, or can be sailed, or both.