Re: What do other folks use?
On a 45' boat you have a lot more options. On a 27' options are limited. On a big boat you can put it on davits or on the deck, or towing it doesn't hurt your speed too badly. On a little boat the first 2 are out unless you carry it deflated. I just hate towing as it costs me a least a knot, more upwind. When I carry one I carry a 2 man inflatable kayak as it's small when deflated and doesn't take long to inflate.
As above, your intended use will dictate what you need-- 4 adults and a dog at anchor for a week-- you'll need to tow something or inflate/deflate as needed. Just yourself or 2 people to get to shore once in a while- go inflatable and stow it.
I don't consider the safety issue pertinent- if you want it for safety you need a life raft, not a tender.
1977 C&C 30 Mk 1 hailing from Port Clinton, Ohio
Last edited by msmith10; 11-11-2012 at 10:53 AM.