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For the type of cruising OP indicates he does, I think a hard dinghy is ideal. ..... At anchor, the wind and current do not permit the dinghy bumping or rubbing the sailboat......
The problem with that last statement is that, esp in the PNW one often gets a wind and/or tide reversal a couple of times a day, or an utterly windless night in a bay where tidal currents are not present or consistent.
That's when you get the 3am 'thump-thump'...'thumpity-thump' that disturbs your beauty rest. For rowing I agree a hard dinghy is great, but I don't think a 12 foot aluminum cartopper really fits the bill.
A whitehall dinghy alongside properly fendered, that's another thing..
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Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)