Certainly having company, both to help, and share the joy of a trip out is a bonus. Part of the reason I changed from a trailable hard hulled boat was that my other half’s health stopped her participating, and going solo with it was too much. Having an inflatable has given me more flexibility.
You never know, asking around may just unearth someone who was waiting to be asked!
I think my neighbour enjoyed getting sprayed with a bit of salt water in a short chop- it certainly brought some colour to his face.
Having missed so much time on the water in the last 3 years, due to my own health challenges, and the dreaded pandemic, I will try to get out whenever the opportunity arises. I’ve had a few good winter days out, in perfect conditions, but there is an element of careful planning( and a bit of luck).
Whenever you get out again, savour the experience.