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Re: What do other folks use?

Look into the 8' Portabote with a small 2hp motor. It will fit along your lifelines when folded up and seat 3 in a pinch.

All the dingy options come with drawbacks, but for a small craft I think that is what makes the most sense.
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Re: What do other folks use?

Measure your bow from mast to anchor well/bow cleat - that's how long a dinghy can be and safely be able to store it on deck. A hard dinghy can be raised and flipped so it's underside is up rather easily using a main halyard to do the heavy lifting.

I agree with Sara (above) the portabote is likely your best option, it weighs about what a kayak weighs and fits like a surfboard. It is however expensive for a 8 foot dinghy and it won't take much of a motor.
I believe a dinghy with motor should be able to be lashed alongside and provide adequate steerage to the mother ship in flat water so the weekend cruiser can get home/into the slip in the event of a aux engine problem. At a minimum it needs to be sufficient to help set the anchor.
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Re: What do other folks use?

New they are a bit pricy, but the come up on craigslist very reasonably priced all the time.

The Botes will plane pretty easily with a small motor, 2 or 3 horse. Weight of the motor matters, get a light one.

I have to make Cara the Wonderdog sit up in the bow when I want to haul ass, to balance the boat trim ; -)
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