Originally Posted by Knot Yet
RIB friends are clearly a must - would have been wonderful to have had some company when buggered
(Willks I don't mean that literally!!)
I'll take your word for it, though I'd caution against bobbing around on the Solent with your trunks down, it's only asking for trouble
I'm sorry to hear about your day, it was meant to be fun. You're obviously analyising the events carefully and not shrugging the thing off as "engine failure ruins otherwise perfect day".
Years of diving have shown me that people tend to become overly "mission focused" when they have invested a lot of time and money in an objective, especially, and this is important, when there are other people taking part that are "relying" on them. There's no way you would have even launched yesterday had it not been for the "mission focus", i.e. 40 Ribnetters meeting you at Cowes. I use a mini-test of asking myself why I'm about to do something that's not an SOP, and try to weigh the additional or new risks against the value of the original objective, if you follow my meaning.
So I wouldn't head around the coast for a days diving without my main VHF
But I would return from there (to my car, trailer and home) if my main VHF failed while at an "away" port. Assuming all other equipment was functioning correctly.
None of the problems that you experienced were overly serious or unusual. I'd imagine almost everyone on here has had them at some time. The thing that you worried about most over the last week or so was your own ability to cope with the trip, and oddly that was the thing that got you home safely. Aside from a final tow into the slip, you coped alone with a deterioriating situation and were calm enough to be too polite to squawk on 16 for help.
I'd say well done
(just don't do it again