I've had the opportunity to drive a console dinghy about that size. I didn't like it very much. The steering
is really vague compared to the tiller steering
on open dinghies. It could have been just the particular installation
, but our 13 ft. dinghy with the 15 hp o/b is far more maneuverable.
In our cruising usage, we do like large, competent dinghies, and what we did was find a rib
that fits between our inner forestay and our mast
. We carry it disinflated, and upside down, so that there is room to get around it on passage
. Used that way, it cannot be used for a life raft substitute, because it would have to be inflated and the engine
put on before it could be launched.
Most vendors to not know what space the dinghies they sell will take up. We wound up finding one who was willing to make the sale
contingent upon its fitting where we needed to stow it. So, measure the available area, however you plan to stow it, and bring your tape measure when you go look at dinghies.
Some people want to carry large heavy, inflated dinghies, in davits
off their stern. These impair performance, render wind
vanes useless due to disturbed air flow, and seem to be difficult to engineer
to be strong enough to withstand the loads imposed by large dinghies. When they are under engineered, the davits
develop cracks, and the whole lot puts huge loads on the attachments, and the load shifts around, not a happy deal. It costs time and money
in port to fix, repair, or replace. Think weeks, not days.