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Re: Should I Drag Along the Dinghy?
If you're going to do the inflate/deflate route, a 12v electric pump is really nice, especially if you deflate significantly. Just topping up a small amount by hand or foot isn't so laborious. A big round trip daily gets old fast.
I would rather have it on deck, if practical and insignificant effort, but towing is done commonly. I bet you end up doing both, being up on deck, if the weather looks rough, towing if tame.
I'm not familiar with your cruising grounds. Will you be anchoring at all? Are there plenty of marinas, where you can tell one to pound salt and move on, if they don't want your dinghy in the water? I think it's only an issue, if things are tight and it would be in others way. Some marinas get around that, by having a separate dinghy dock to bring it to, so it won't block the fairway or blow into your neighbors. Others don't care.
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