Re: Hard vs Soft
The problem ith most hard dinghy's if all boat passengers aboard in an emergency, you lack freeboard and stability unless you have a very large one. We're coastal inner water sailors, not blue water sailors nonetheless we carry a liferaft in a canister and have a hard dinghy which we can put on deck. Here the problem is as much hypothermia as anything else so while you may be able to stay in a swamped hard dinghy you'd have difficulty keeping enough of your body out of the water. Even with a raft you'll need some insulation. The most time limiting abandon ship situation for us is a fire.