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F15-If I had a smaller boat and didn't have all chain rode I wouldn't necessarily put the windlass in the "need" to have list. I hauled a 33lb anchor and 30' of 3/8" chain for a lot of years but now have a 66 lb anchor and all 3/8" chain and we anchor in up to 70' of water so I feel the windlass is essential. I don't however like having to depend on it and would feel more comfortable if I could haul it in by hand. A manual windlass on a smaller boat would be my preference.

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Yep. Essential on any boat IMHO.

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GPS, autopilot, MSD.

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I would say that my life on board changed dramatically when I added: autopilot, windlass and refrigeration but these all require substaintial electrical upgrades which also means additional charging sources, so I added solar and wind as well as a larger altenator.......needless to say, there's a domino effect to some upgrades

P.S.... the windlass also benefits from a deck washdown...more dominoes
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I have a smaller boat (23'), so the things I would replace if they broke:

roller furling: makes single-handing a pleasure
winches: although, I did go most of one season with only one while I was waiting for parts to arrive. I furled down the genny and/or cross-sheeted, but lack of a winch didn't stop me from sailing.
VHF: an essential piece of safety equipment, IMHO.

There are other things that are just as important, but I consider them to so essential that they aren't "should I replace them?" type items, but more "if I don't replace them, having a sailboat is pointless" type items. For example, sails and the auxilliary engine.
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I have a smaller boat (23'), so the things I would replace if they broke:

roller furling: makes single-handing a pleasure
winches: although, I did go most of one season with only one while I was waiting for parts to arrive. I furled down the genny and/or cross-sheeted, but lack of a winch didn't stop me from sailing.
VHF: an essential piece of safety equipment, IMHO.

There are other things that are just as important, but I consider them to so essential that they aren't "should I replace them?" type items, but more "if I don't replace them, having a sailboat is pointless" type items. For example, sails and the auxilliary engine.
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Your items are indeed "must have" and essential pieces of the boat for sailing. I am looking for that "thing" that may in fact NOT be sailing related but proves to be a true time-saver, lightens the work load, makes something less tedious or more enjoyable. Someone mentioned a particular coffee maker for example. I have this weird silicon squeege thing my kids bought me for drying the car...it is a true time saver and I would buy another as it is so useful and effecient.....that is the sort of recommendations I am looking for.

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For things that are not absolutely essential:
My laptop
The micro fiber dust rag (really works and saves time)
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Your items are indeed "must have" and essential pieces of the boat for sailing. I am looking for that "thing" that may in fact NOT be sailing related but proves to be a true time-saver, lightens the work load, makes something less tedious or more enjoyable. Someone mentioned a particular coffee maker for example. I have this weird silicon squeege thing my kids bought me for drying the car...it is a true time saver and I would buy another as it is so useful and effecient.....that is the sort of recommendations I am looking for.

Well, that is different. Then I suggest

Tiller Tamer: one of the best cheap gadgets I have ever bought. When the sails are balanced, I can set the thing and go for a good twenty minutes without touching the tiller.

Winchers: for the cheapos among us who want self-tailing winches, but can't bring themselves to spend almost as much as the boat itself cost to upgrade. I know that the reviews of them on this site and others are mixed, but I put a pair on ten years ago, and have had nothing but good luck with them.

Sport-a-Seats: nothing beats these things for comfort in the cockpit and on the deck. Much superior to the West Marine knock-offs in comfort and durability. Of all the stuff I have bought for my boat over the years, these are the only things my wife really loves.
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well built propane system and functional stove.
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autopilot

There are less necessary, but highly enjoyable things, that would be pointless without the above, because I wouldn't be out cruising without them.

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