For cruising sailors, a dinghy is an essential. Most of the best places to sail have no place to dock or dockage is very expensive, and so a dinghy is needed to connect your boat to the shore--to food, civilization, etc. As full-time liveaboards, we will be keeping at our boat at a marina, so we will have little need for a dinghy on a daily basis. But it would be nice to be able to take it out for some fishing in shallow waters, and when we are lucky enough to be able to go cruising for a few days here and there, we will need to be able to get to shore and back. So we need a dinghy.
But what kind of dinghy to buy? Like most things boat related, there are many options and just as many opinions. Should we get an inflatable dinghy, such as this one?
Or should we get a hard dinghy, such as this one?
So what do we do?
Answer, for now: nothing.
And, about 90 hours of work (several months) later, finished with this: