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Re: looking for dinghy/tender ideas
We have faced the same problem on our 30ft boat. After trying the rigid dink, hard and inflatable yaks, we ended up with a used avon redcrest. It is made out of hypalon, stonger, lighter and much more UV resistant than most other inflatables. The lack of rowing speed is an issue, but that is more than offset by the benefits for us. It is light enough for one person to lift aboard, and can be half deflated and put over the front of the cabin house. Fully deflated it fits in about 1/2 of a quarter berth. It inflates very quick with the foot pump included with the dingy, I have never felt the need to use a powered air pump. It is a bear to get into it's storage bag, we usually do that on the dock. It also tows ok for shorter distances. I also looked at an achllles LT2 or LT4, similar hypalon models but more availabe in our area.
Like you our boat does not have a swim step so ketting in and out of the inflatable is much easyer than the rigid dink. Getting in and out of a kayak from a sailboat using only the boarding ladder is a real trial and almost impossible in chop.