About the third GPS... get one that is powered by AA batteries, and get the Energizer Photo Lithium AA batteries, and then vacuum-seal the batteries, in groups of the same size that you need to power the GPS, and then store the GPS and the vacuum-sealed batteries in a box for emergencies. The Photo Lithium batteries have about a 10-year shelf life with littel degradation in performance, and vacuum sealing them protects them from corrosion, water, etc.
Get radar if your boat has a battery bank big enough to handle the load it will generate.
If you plan on doing much bluewater sailing getting an EPIRB and registering it to the MMSI for your boat is probably a good idea. BoatUS has a rental program, but if you rent more than twenty weeks over five years, it is better to get your own, as they charge about $50 per week plus shipping, and an EPIRB is usually good for five years before it requires a battery replacement.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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