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Re: How to take a dinghy on a cruise?
PSY, I'd ask the Guy who's renting you the boat for more details on both the boat and motor. If it's an inflatable, you can deflate it and stow it on deck. They come in a carry case. I tie mine down in front of the mast. If there's an engine mount on the stern rail you can stow the outboard until you need it. ( check) When you get to your anchorage you can blow it up on deck and lift it over the life lines and lower into the water, tie a line 1st to the bow walk it back to the stern of the mothership. If you need a little assist getting it over the lifelines you can use your jib halyard to lift and lower. You can row an inflatable so maybe you don't need the outboard..but they should give you oars either way. You'd need to think about fuel storage if you take the outboard. Lock up the outboard when away.
You can tow it, but I find it's just one more thing to worry about, and it's not that hard to inflate/deflate. And I like to fish off the stern.. ;-)
Good luck, have fun!