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A Couple Simple Questions Regarding Dinghies

So I'm new to all this, but I've recently gotten quite interested in dinghies (weird eh?), and I have a few questions about dinghies themselves and the loading and unloading of dinghies.

Firstly, what are the general rule of thumbs for weight capacity? I was kind of wondering what the general rule is for dinghy size in proportion to capacity. Is it all dependant on design or can something like "100 lbs per ft of LOA" be applied? I am wondering if a smaller dinghy (~9-10'?) could handle heavy loads of up to 600-800 lbs... Just curious what kind of weight these things can take.

Second, how does one load and unload a dinghy if stored on deck? Let's say you have a 10' dinghy on board that is flipped over. Does one simply just flip the boat over, snap on the halyard, raise it, and lower it into the drink?

Third, what kind of weight can a halyard take? For onboard-stored dinghies, I hear that using a halyard suspended from the top of the mast is the easiest way to load and unload a dinghy. Though what if I have a heavy dinghy? Assuming the rope is of a very strong grade (over 1000 lb line?), what kind of mass can one load and unload via a halyard?

And lastly, how does one balance a dinghy while loading and unloading it? I've never done the procedure before, and I somehow imagine that if a gust of wind came by while the dinghy was suspended and being lifted, that the whole dinghy would be rocked to a side and make handling the boat very difficult. Is this a correct assumption?

Thank you for all answers! I hope my questions are possible to answer I appreciate everything!
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