Many people believe that trim tabs are useful only on large cruisers or hulls with inherent imperfections in their design. There is also the opinion that well-designed hulls do not need the assist of trim tabs. The practice, however, shows us that the smaller the boat is, the greater the need for trim tabs gets, because they are much more affected by weight distribution while under certain circumstances the use of trim tabs will greatly help even the best designed hulls.
Many of us who like living like Robinson Crusoe avoiding the overcrowding of the marinas and ports, defying in parallel, the amenities they offer. So, if we belong to the category of those people who prefer to moor in natural bays of their liking, to enjoy the loneliness of the night and to start their day diving in crystal clear waters, then we must be very well organized, completely autonomous and to be aware of some basic things.
When the sea puts on its happy face, any kind of fault or negligence might remain unnoticed. But when it is "wild", it does not forgive even the slightest negligence and things can become even more dangerous both for the safety of the boat and of ourselves.
The last few years, due to global warming, severe weather phenomena appear more and more frequently, especially in the north Aegean Sea. Bursts of storms are quite often and last for several days. Loaded skies, torrential rain, steep temperature decrease and countless lightnings tear up the horizon from edge to edge. Intense and dangerous weather phenomena which were not common in our seas.
It is a fact that the free space in our rib is usually quite limited, but this does not justify the absence of basic supplies that we must always have on board even if they do not belong to the mandatory boat equipment. Such a supply is the extra propeller that must be present in every boat, which is essential for our safety, especially if we frequently make long trips.
During the moonless night we threw the longline near the shore. While going around the southern headland of the island an unexpected swell of a high wave nearly threw us to the rocks. The bow turned towards the land being on top of the wave and under the boat a big rock "flerting" with us.
The unpleseant situation in which when we turn on the ignition key and the engine stubbornly refuses to start or even worse, while travelling suddenly its rpm drops down and eventually stops working is something that has happened to mostly all of us.