A diving trip.....
In the early 70s I was in the US Navy and stationed in Hawaii. We had a very active diving group and went out a lot for fun, and food at times.
A sailors pay was not all that good at that time! I could always get air for my tanks, but could not afford butter for my lobster.
5 of us decided we waned to dive a site that was not off a nearby beach, but a ways down the coast on the north east coast of Oahu. One of the guys had a nice inflatable and we decided to launch it from a sandy beach, about a mile down the coast.
We all got there, checked the weather, geared up, put the 15 HP outboard on an filled the internal fuel tank, full. Off we headed to a very nice spot, anchored the boat and made our dive. It was shallow, under 30 foot most of the time, so we stayed down quite long. When we came up, the wind had increased - A LOT!!! We were being blown around quite a bit, but hey, we were young strong sailors. So, the 5 of us, all in heavy dive gear finally made it to the beach area. Underwater, there was a area of small rocks that ran parallel to the beach, then soft sand. I was at the helm and to make any way against the wind I had the throttle open quite a bit, but I knew we had filled up, so was not concerned.
As we got to the area close to the sand, the motor JUST STOPPED.
I could feel 8 eyes staring into mine. Did I hit the rocks with the prop? Well, as trained, the other 4 guys went over the side just as you see in the movies. Lucky for us, the water was about chest high for the guys. We managed to tug and pull the boat in to the beach.
Once on the beach, we all rested up, took off our gear, filled out our log books, and then went about taking the inflatable down. As I took the engine off I almost fainted! The fuel tank was EMPTY!!!
We had run out of fuel!!! And, we had not gone all that far.
The first thing that came to my mind was that had we not made it to the beach, the next stop would have been Japan! NOT A FUN TRIP for 5 close friends on an inflatable with no food or water!
From that time on I knew I did NOT want an inflatable as a dink aboard my boat. Fuel usage can vary widely due to wind, and they can't be rowed in a blow!