Thanks to its powerful engines, such boats were capable of crossing Adriatic sea in just a couple of hours and thanks to the big price difference between Italy and Albania/Croatia/Bosna and Herzegovina, such a boat paid off in just two runs. Every next trip to Italy after that was making basically pure profit.
At the time, ill-equipped Croatian maritime police had no capabilities of pursuing or intercepting such boats. Tide has changed when one of the smuggler’s boats broke down and floated abandoned in Tiha bay in Cavtat. After seizing and repairing it, police in Dubrovnik finally had a vessel capable of catching up and seizing other smuggler boats. As many records of those war years are lost, there is a strong possibility that that first smuggler boat turned into a police one, under the designation P-203, later became Miro Rudar. While serving with the police, the boat was tasked with patrol, SAR and control duties.
After the turn of the millennium, Croatia and its police started to recover and maritime units started to receive new, purposefully-built boas for their needs and all seized former smuggler boats became obsolete. They were stripped of useful equipment and their hulls sold. Adriana Cavtat bought the hull for conversion which was made locally and by our own talents on the site in Brgat in the winter ’06-’07.