Re: looking for dinghy/tender ideas
On my 28' sailboat, I wrassled with this same problem and tried every possible type of dinghy, inflatable, inflatable kayak, rigid dinghy, home built nesting dinghy, etc. Finally found an 8' porta-bote for $250. Very worn but once I replaced some of the hardware it works very well. It is carried beside the lifelines. It is lightweight and can be easily assembled on the small foredeck. It is light enough to be easily pulled aboard without using the halyard. It rows well. It carries three men.
The homebuilt nesting 2-paw 9 was great but heavy. It was hard to assemble on deck, It obstructed the view forward when nested on deck.