My recommendation would be to buy the least expensive hard dinghy and maybe one that sails
, too, that you can store, and drive it with the used engine
you propose. Should it not turn out to be what you want, later on, then change it. If it is satisfactory, you shall have saved $$ you'd rather spend on textbooks for the kids
, and be able to dinghy sail all round the anchorage at will.
For us, it was different. The main advice we received was to get the largest inflatable
you could store, and the largest motor
to drive it that you could store. "It was a 10 yr. old hypalon dinghy (from the days when French ladies did the gluing for Zodiac). It had a 15 hp Johnson that came with it. We managed with it. Used it and its planing ability to explore offshore
dive sites, leaving the big boat anchored where it was safe. Also, it could carry a month's worth of laundry
and groceries. Another benefit was that it was big enough and powerful enough to go and rescue
a dinghy sailor in distress
, and countless other little dinghies whose toy motors quit at embarrassing moments. It worked well in our usage and area. And I'm firmly in the RIB
It is just that you could spend that potential dinghy money
at any time, and after you've figured out through experience your usage and things you'd like to change makes sense to me. So go small, go now, and re-evaluate as time and circumstances move you.
If you have 2 kids
, having "two cars", a small inflatable as well as a sailing dinghy would broaden all of youse's (sorry for the bad grammar) horizons.