The LAST thing you need hanging off your stern when at sea is a dinghy. I would prefer anything to that--and I do not like inflatables either having owned them because they are HEAVY, row like pigs, can not easily be sailed, use large amounts of fuel
, and can not easily be fitted with a bimini
for a bit of shade.
The only good things about them is their stability and their softness against the hull
sides--they are easy on the paint
, and comparatively easy to get into or out of when properly secured.
I use a Polycraft Tuff Tender
these days. It also has a trailer
, so I can fill it with tents and bedding--anny bulky soft stuff and fitted with its cover use it for camping excursions as well. Two people can lift it and walk it, it does not need a ramp
to launch it and it can take a ten horsepower outboard
and plane easily--and it rows well. It also has a bimini--so I use it to fish
and as a dive tender
. It is safety
yellow, foam filled, is recognised by SOLAS as a life saving device.
Another good dinghy option is a Fold-a-boat. Most who have them LOVE them. They store by being lashed to the rails, bowsed down on a coach house roof or slid below decks.