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We have similar problems on our 37 and finally settled on a Avon 280HP-hi pressure air floor.After 7 years its not pretty but still gets us there.We have a good friend who is cruising on a Southern Cross 35 and has a Fold-O -Boat or Portaboat (pretty much the same thing) and Loves it.He gets it on plane with one person aboard with a 3HP Nissan outboard.The only drawback is that it is very tender(tippy)and will flip while being towed.In fact his went airborne during a squall while at anchor and resembled a kite more than a dinghy.
He is a single hander and not very big but has no trouble launching or stowing his dinghy.
I believe he's had his about 8 years and is still going strong.
Dianne and Chuck Burke S/V NiftyNickers C37 #139