fugi: What size boat are you going to cruise
in and where are you going to sail?
We just returned from a cruise
down to Panama
and we pulled our dink most of the time. But when we crossed an area that is not protected we put on board.
We had davits
on the stern but took them off and now use an inflatable
with folding floor boards. Works well for us. We have a stern winch
to haul the ob and attached it to our stern railing. we purchase
one of the new inflatables that the pressure to inflate is 13.5 psi. gives a great ride and planes easily. The reason we did this is that the old dink was only 10 ft and the new one is 14. I built a water
proof box to sto the dink when not in use and in the same box I installed a large gas air compressor
and it fills the dink in about 10 min.
Also, the question about what to do when sailing do you stay in the marinas or anchoar is just a matter of economics and availblility. If you can afford to stay at a marina every night there are guest slips available most of the time. But if you go to a popular crusing area it is best to call ahead for a slip. But it's more fun to moore or anchore out. But the real fun is to just go and improvise to the surroundings. Know what's in front of you and go. If you get a slip great if you dont find a place to moore or anchor and have fun.