We keep ours inflated during season - towed from the stern with outboard removed. When cruising offshore, the boat is hauled up to the foredeck by harness, using a halyard and winch. We lash it securely, upside down, to the port/starboard dorade guards.
I like the added security of an inflated dinghy - in case of an abandon ship event or MOB.
True Blue . . .
sold the Nauticat