Originally Posted by chris.moody
An anchor would have stopped you drifting. It's one of my favourite bits of safety kit.
I do carry an anchor, 6ft of heavy chain and 200ft of rope.
In the conditions I described above I didn't fancy dropping anchor with two 6ft 4 inch 18 stone men plus loads of gear aboard.
I thought it better just to let my old man steer the sib with the oars in the chop.
Anchoring at the mercy of sporadically breaking waves I feared that the waves could easily have broke over the low SIB tubes, risking swamping us.
I only ever anchor the SIB when conditions are fair otherwise you get dizzy with the damn thing being battered around with the waves/wind/tide.
Until this point I always thought that the oars would be sufficient to steer me out of harms way......... obviously not in these conditions.
This incident made me aware that all, even the biggest vessels are completely at the mercy of the sea.
In a SIB you are more at her mercy.
I am very safety conscious and take all the safety precautions before going to sea.
This incident has unsettled my confidence going to sea as it was a flat calm sea on leaving in the morning and forecast predicted conditions going from wavelets to slight in the afternoon.
I think tide and wind conspired at this point to make conditions worse than forecast predicted upon my afternoon return to port.
Maybe old age but I am now of the opinion that you can't be careful enough when out at sea.
Conditions do deteriorate suddenly engines do break down.
It is damn near impossible fix a break down in a sib if you are alone being battered about at the mercy of the elements.
I fish near sheer cliff in my SIB a place larger vessels do not dare go.
A mechanical break down on certain conditions would see me up against the ragged rocks and capsized being battered off the cliffs.
I have two well maintained engines one 20hp and the other 2.5hp.
From now on both engines will get accompanying me on my excursions as the surplus engine ain't going to be any use to me in the garage if things go wrong.
I know that others on here use their sibs for other ventures and Auxiliary engines won't be needed by all.
I have made the decision that when going to my usual fishing grounds mentioned above I will be mounting my 2.5hp auxiliary.