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What items would YOU take cruising??
Of course, all of the spares type stuff others have mentioned, and add to that:
Patience - Not all other boaters are considerate when waking, anchoring, docking, etc.
Humility - Be slow to scorn others for doing something stupid you might repeat tomorrow.
Prudence - The cost of some bad decisions might be your boat, your life, or the life of another. It is better to appear timid and not try something reckless, than to pay for a foolish mistake later.
Courage - Even the best sailing days may require a healthy dose of grit.
Generosity of spirit - such courtesy to others is returned two-fold among cruisers and not forgotten when you meet the same people again.
I apologize if this sounds preachy; that is not my intention, but all the great equipment and catalogued spares in the world will not compensate for silly arguments with other boaters or your own crew, for needless damage to other boats, or resentments that are baseless and immature.
I have been out here now for a long time, since about ''82 or so, and no equipment will serve as well as a cool head and easy smile.
My two bits. :-)