Re: My new toy.
learning to sail on a dinghy is the best way to understand and get a feel for a boat. I'd recommend a sailing course. Things will get more complicated with a jib. They will also go over righting the boat. Casting off the main sheet and standing on the centerboard is the normal way. I think you boat is small for an outboard and it would be expensive if it gets immersed. You could carry oars and have oarlocks if you need to go a distance. That would take up space and as commented paddles are the norm. A rope sling should get you aboard. I've seen a fabric stirrup you can attach to a rope to make that more convenient. Good luck.