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As Tommays said, it really depends. What level of comfort, automation, electronics, and such you're looking to have.
One one extreme, you can liveaboard a boat and cruise without any electronics, using only a handbearing compass, binoculars and a chart to keep track of your position. You can use a solar shower, and hand pump the water for the galley and head sinks and use oil lamps for lighting.
On the other extreme, you can have radar, a GPS chartplotter, microwave oven, 110 VAC, air conditioning, refrigeration, pressure hot and cold water, a TV, stereo, DVD player, laptop computer, an autopilot, VHF, SSB, and an EPIRB.
Or anything in-between.
At a minimum, a handheld GPS would be nice, as would a VHF radio, preferably connected to the GPS with DSC capability. I'd point out, that even if you have a good chartplotter, PAPER CHARTS ARE A NECESSITY.
Self-steering is nice, but not really necessary for coastal sailing IMHO.
Roller furling headsails are nice, but not necessary.
Good ground tackle is a necessity. It is also an important piece of safety gear, and for cruisers on a budget a great way to save money—since anchoring out is generally a lot less expensive than using a marina slip or mooring.
For a boat that size, I'd recommend a 22 lb. or 33 lb. Rocna or a 25 lb. or 35 lb. Manson Supreme anchor, with 30-60' of G43 high-test chain and 200' of 5/8" octoplait nylon for the rode.
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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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