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.
It is a fact that since the GPS has appeared more and more skippers have began to be indifferent or even completely ignore the traditional and foremost nautical instruments such as the compass, the divider and the parallel ruler. Their commitment in the electronic "magical" box, which gives us information about everything, is so big that the compass is now a romantic and yet decorative element of Ribs. Therefore, a new danger has come up hiding behind the "blind'' trust in satellite navigation.
A few years ago, four friends started to make a trip with a 7m rib for about four days. The weather was nice and we were travelling at a speed of about 30 knots, enjoying the lovely cruise in the waveless sea when.... suddenly and without any warning, the engine turned sharply right and the rib started to make circles.