I'm with GeneT on the floating winch handles...they're just a lot lighter, and easier on the gelcoat and the toes when you drop 'em.
The submersible VHF is nice, because, when you're out on deck with the handheld and it is pouring cats and dogs...you don't have to worry about the VHF giving up the ghost just cause it is raining.
The hydrostatic release life raft release is a last-ditch effort to let the raft go free if everything else, like the crew forgets—or doesn't know how to do it... If you got swept off the boat and it started sinking—would your crew know how to lauch the liferaft??
Floating binocs aren't as important as waterproof binocs. The waterproof ones are good for the same reason as the submersible VHF units.
BTW, equipped.org is a great site...I've used them for about four months or so now...
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