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There will be a maximum hp rating on the plate on that dinghy. Don't even think about exceeding it.
What size is the dinghy? Do you need to get it up on a plane for long runs every day? Or just get back and forth at occasional moorings nearshore?
Smaller and lighter and cheaper is a good thing--but if you make the longer runs heavily loaded, you may want to come close to the max rating so it can get up on a plane, that's when an inflatable really picks up speed and efficiency.
Remember--you've also got to LIFT the damn thing to store it, and you will call it a "damn thing" every time you try to lift it, if it is too heavy.
New dinghies and outboards are a prime theft target, so invest in some good security and make sure to mark both permanently and prominently so they can be identified if stolen. (Happens even in the nicest places, although just as many probably slip away from simply not being secured properly.)