Hard vs soft dinghy in Cruising Anarchy Posted October 27, 2017 I'm struck by all the different use scenarios. Some people like speed and others row. Others want a small motor that can be easily stored and passed down to the dink like ours. We don't want to make waves or noise at an anchorage and just want to get the dog back and forth and have access to the beach etc. I'm leaning towards something like a Gig Harbor 10 footer or the 10' Walker bay. Light enough to drag above the tide-line and stable enough and enough carrying capacity for a small family and gear. I think a hard-shell dink is easier to wrap my head around.