To my mind the best dinghy ever built is the Grumman Aluminum 9 ft model.
It will row from two positions , or with two oarsmen , nice when the slop kicks up.
It will carry 5 not too fat folks with an outboard in a slop that would have the condum dink folks soaking wet.
They sail quite well with a rig that stows all inside the boat.
A few medium sized fenders will fit under the seat thwart making it unsinkable.
In the usual cruising dock raft up , where no one has a painter longer than 3 ft , the aluminum stands up well to the crunch , far better than the rubber condum boats , and without the spliting that cheap GRP dinks are famous for.
The GRUMMAN is a dink that does NOT die in sunshine as GRP does , that can be used as a LIFEBOAT for a couple , with the EZ ability to self rescue for a few days (maybe a hundred miles of sea) with almost zero maint.
Sound like a dink that should be aboard any boat that regularly cruises.
Works for me , but boy are they hard to locate!!
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