Thanks for the enormous effort here. We may need to turn this thread into a book "bl%$#y dinghies" or similar......
This really has helped me in a way I had not expected. It has convinced me I should really slow this process down.
This is a complicated and potentially very
expensive decision. We are going to keep the boat in a slip for the first year anyway, and only cruising locally (Maine) with the goal of getting more adventurous next year and going cruising long term the year after. So - we are going to start ultra-minimalist low cost and simple, maybe even a second hand rowboat only (we have a life raft as well
That way we can work out what we really need, what will fit on the boat and how we are going to handle it before we spend a bunch of money that might be going in the wrong direction.
Spending deferred is always good - more electronics needed?..