I've been through quite a few dinghies in my 14 years of cruising. I would NEVER own another de-flatable. I just got sick of pumping, patching and bailing. Please don't bore me with, "But mine doesn't leak".....it will. I've spent way too much $ on those things.
Anyway, we love our 9' Livingston multi-hull dinghy. It sits on deck
well, it handles a lot of weight (for provisioning), it moves through the water quickly with a little 2hp outboard and our 8hp will put it on plane (w/2 people and dive gear) and it will do 20kts easily. Livingston Boats - Model 9
I do a lot of diving
. It will handle my wife and I, all our dive gear
and take us to our favorite dive spot. We have a boarding ladder that I designed especially for the Livingston (for my wife). We can board right over the side of the boat easily and safely. It also beaches nicely and you can get out without getting swamped. When you have guests, they feel quite comfrotable and there is no concern of dumping the dink over when they board.
ONLY down-side.....at 140#, we have to winch
it aboard with a hallyard. It's not hard after a few times.
I will never use any other dinghy.