Okay, went out and picked up the longer oars. Wasn't really crazy about them, in that the longer length did not seem to make that much of a difference... unless I was power rowing. Which I'm not. Plus, if I left the oarlocks loose enough to do a feather/block, the oars slid all over the place, making the rowing tougher. I tried them at various lengths, and when I got back, decided to return them for now. I may change my mind later, but for now, the ones that come with the raft seem to be fine.
We had two windy days, which were not really conducive to rowing around, so I putzed around, and looked at, among other things, different raft sail configs. In fact, I am thinking about making my own rig, similar to this SailBoatsToGo
But the only reason I would do something like that would be more of a jury rig challenge. You know, just for the halibut.
As I stated, I do enjoy rowing my little dinghy. Moreover, while other dinghies are great, I already purchased this from craigslist. So, looking at buying something else simply makes no sense.
At this point, I'm leaning away from buying a motor for the thing. So, I'll be limiting my exploring expeditions away from the heavier currents and during light or no wind days. Which is fine as my initial reason for getting a dink in the first place was to be able to go over to Jack London Square and Grand Marina via water, instead of driving or taking a bus. The place is less than a mile as the crow flies... or rather, as the dink rows. lol In fact, I rowed over to Grand Marina this morning, and then, to Jack London Square, where I wandered around, and then headed back before the wind picked up. The total row was only 3 miles. So, not really much of a work out, but still fun.
Imho, the reason I enjoy rowing is bc I'm not in a position where I have to get somewhere. So, it's not really a chore. I think if I was depending upon this little boat as a tender... say, I was anchored out and had to get to shore, I might not enjoy it... bc I *had to* row. Then again, I would not have picked it up, if I was looking for a tender.