Hi Jake- regarding the dinghy at anchor
, for us... it depends. In the US at marine
parks and such, in calm weather
, we would leave the dinghy in the water
, often with a cable/lock to our boat. Cruising, we would hoist the dinghy either to the rails (in calm weather
only) via the spinaker halyard
and lock it to the boat. Usually, it came aboard and was stowed on the foredeck. For convenience at anchor
, we now have davits
, and in short-range cruising grounds, we remove our windvane
and use the davits.
In a marina, we found that we could often moor the dinghy alongside the bow of the boat, or in many cases, tie it/lock it to the slip next to the bow.
We also use a RIB
, so noise
banging against a hull was not a problem. I know a lot of cruisers like the port-a-boat option, and you may want to also consider a roll-up or air-floor as options... depending on the type of cruising and activities you plan. Our choice was made on the need to carry supplies and travel a bit of distance for either recreational activities, or to get fuel
or groceries. But in an anchorage... we also try to row as much as possible. We also enjoy the quiet and exercise.
Best of luck.