Lived aboard for 3 yearts with a hard dink and loved it.
A Dyer Dhow, 9 feet with sailing rig and rudder
USed it for water
taxi as we were too young and boat poor to by an outboard....Just rowed and sailed....It was great.
That dink came with my boat, otherwise Icould not have been able to affrod it...They still make 'em and the price
is over 3K meh thinks.
Easy to row, light enough to lift
The Walker Bay dinks got good reports in "Practical Sailor" magazine...I would consider one if Iwas going for hard again.
Now I have an Avon
Redcrest soft bottom....Good enough for my use...Which is to get moa, the wife and picnic/beer cooler in to the beach at some Bahamian Island...Or to snorke the reefs
Soft bottom, very slow..4 knots with a 4 HP Evinrude
...Still happy with the setup...Still thinking occasionally about that handsome Dyer Dhow I had 20 years ago....In my youth.....Hmm, time for a mid-life crises again....Last time I had one, bought a Harley and got a young girlfriend....This time...Hmm, cut loose and go sailing again...Aye, keep on dreaming..
Oops, off topic, sorry.....Go for either type of dink, they botk work, just 2 different animals