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Tradeoffs, tradeoffs..like most things boating, the answer depends...if you want to plan for extensive offshore travel, get a soft-bottom 8' inflatable, and you can stow it down below when not in use.. But an 8' isn't a very flexible or high capacity dink.
If you are daysailing or coastal cruising, get whatever you want and just tow it. I have an 11' RIB and I love it, very fast with just 6Hp, can carry six people easily.
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