The convenience of an inflatable dinghy as a yacht tender is well understood, with the ability to roll it away to be stowed safely below on passage. But as anyone who has used an inflatable will know they generally are about the worst craft to row.
While the inflatable is ubiquitous there is an alternative, for the past 28 years a small boat yard down in Somerset has been building the Seahopper folding dinghy. It's a proper rigid dinghy that can be sailed and rowed, yet folds flat for storage and transportation.
They come in sizes from 6'8" to 10', my favorite is the 7'10" version named the Nifty Fifty.
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