You might try to contact Marinegirl405 who is a member here http://www.sailnet.com/forums/member...negirl405.html
She and her husband have a blog of their travels on the S/V Footprint. I met her in the BVI and spoke to her about how she liked the Portland Pudgy they were using for a daily use dinghy and as a life raft for their Atlantic crossing. She is very nice and I'm sure she'd be glad to answer any questions you might have. Perhaps she would even post here so everyone would know of her experiences with it.