Just adding onto this thread, consider picking up a stand up paddleboard. We have a 9'10" model and while that seems insane to try to carry on a boat, factor this into your equation:
- kind of works as a one person dinghy
(or two people in really chill conditions)
- great exercise. it's not the end-all-be-all, but paddleboarding around in windy conditions for an hour is a crazy full body experience
- you can surf them, sort of like a long board
- you make a lot of friends because everyone wants to try it
The exercise and dual dinghy
option is the main reason we got it. We have a small child (almost 2) and she sits down while I paddle so we get a lot of usage.