I put my 8'8" inflatable on the foredeck to see if i liked it. It took up the whole deck from the mast to the samson posts (about 1' back from the end of the deck). There was no room to work my anchor gear, which i really didn't like. If I didn't have the bowsprit the whole works would be covered in dingy.
yeah... this is what i was thinking. Maybe just rolling it up deflated and lashing it behind the mast would be better. I considered a 7 footer too... small but plenty for our needs and would be easier to deal with.