The reality of dinghy & outboard
weight can't be fully realized till you have to deal with it on the water. If you plan to muscle your outboard
on & off your dinghy without a davit I'd recommend the Honda
2 hp motor
. We've had one for many years & it'll get you where you need to go as long as your not in a hurry. We coupled that with an Avon
3.4 with the inflatable
floor. At over 11' it's very safe & stable & it weighs about 65 pounds. And since you can deflate this & roll it up quite easily you can get away with a bigger inflatable. It also tows quite well but I never leave the outboard on & never tow offshore
. Just don't expect it, or any inflatable, to row "well" no matter what you hear although it can be rowed if you're not fighting the wind
or a current
. That's why we got a Bauer 10 which is a great boat for rowing & sailing but we have to tow it.
In my opinion the only reason to go with a RIB is speed which means a big outboard. Nothing wrong with that but they're heavier, can't be rolled up & you have to have a mechanical means of lifting the outboard. We don't really care about going fast so if we add davits
it'll be to lift
the Bauer. I do strongly recommend going with hypalon if you go the inflatable route
. It's a little heavier & more expensive but it's much more UV & abrasion resistant.