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An RIB is a good compromise -- hard bottom for planeing and towing, plus the stability and shrinkability that comes with an inflatable boat. We started with a hard dink and switched to an inflatable 5 years ago. I wouldn't go back.
We're fortunate enough to have space on deck for an Avon 2.8 RIB (see below). In service the 2.8 RIB is ~ 11 ft LOA and about 8' long deflated. On deck the safest place to store a dinghy, if you have the space. Inflating it is good exercise. We tow the dinghy only on short trips in protected waters with winds forecasted at 10 kts or less. Othrewise, it's on deck. Davits are an option, if most of your sailing is coastal; but I think they're problematic when on passage offshore.