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All,
thanks for the replies, Tom indicated the list could be a lot longer--absolutely but I thought holding it to your "top three" this would be a no brainer and with many opinions provided the list would actually grow and provide a myriad of results. These responses are perfect.
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In no particular order:
1. Heater (PNW, one source of heat ain't enough)
2. Electric windlass (after 20+ years pulling by hand I couldn't go back)
3. Chartplotter at the helm (I would never go anywhere without my paper charts but having the "chart" in front of me all the time is invaluable).
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would you feel the same about the Electric Windlass if your boat was smaller? How about if you were an NFL linebacker? I guess does the electric windlass just add a level of convenience beyond the physical exertion?

I've seen heaters mentioned here twice and as we will be live-aboards and I am shopping in the DC Maryland area many boats have them--I'll put heaters in the green column.
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I've seen heaters mentioned here twice and as we will be live-aboards and I am shopping in the DC Maryland area many boats have them--I'll put heaters in the green column.
Probably a wise decision... my boat came with a Force 10 propane bulkhead heater, and I added an Espar. I also have an electric space heater and an electric blanket. I almost never use the space heater. The Force 10 came in very handy when my Espar's glow plug kicked the bucket and I was without heat for a day, but I consider it too dangerous to use regularly (also it only heats the salon, whereas the espar heats the v-berth and head too). I use the electric blanket every night, since the v-berth is a little cooler than the rest of the boat, and it makes my gf happy and warm. You can never have too many heat sources!

I'll probably say the same thing about cooling "sources" when summer rolls around.
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Sailing - Plastic winch handles, chartplotter, Asym

Present boat came with electric windlass. Previous boat I didn't need one, I had a galley/anchor wench!
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Stainless moka (stove-top espresso maker)
Peet's coffee (of the appropriate grind)
Coffee cup (although, I suppose in a pinch I could stand to drink it straight out of the moka)
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Stainless moka (stove-top espresso maker)
Peet's coffee (of the appropriate grind)
Coffee cup (although, I suppose in a pinch I could stand to drink it straight out of the moka)
Interesting post....this is one of those things that can make or break one's day. It's not going to save your life, not going to win a race but this is one of those "must haves". In our house I do the espresso (an old krups that I refuse to let die..(don't ask)) and my wife is mostly tea with an occasional coffee press. I have a small and large Moka from my last boat and kept them for the "next boat"....I feel ya!

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