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Great idea for a thread!
I will second TrueBlue's suggestion for the nets. Our kids get a lot of mileage out of theirs in much the same way TB describes.
Also, Sailhog's suggestion for the Botswains chair is good too. Lots of fun (and escape) can be had aloft.
Another short story that's nice to have aboard, along the lines of Driver's Little Rat Sets Sail, is called "Sarah's Boat". It's about a little girl who fixes up an old sailing dinghy with her grandfather, then sets out to learn how to sail it. It's a good story and a good reference to keep aboard as kids are learning to sail on their own.
If you are looking for other book suggestions, my highest recommendation goes to Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons series. The series consists of about a dozen different stories that take place during the period between the World Wars in and around the Lakes District, the Norfolk Broads, and even on the high seas (Peter Duck). The main characters are the young Walker children and their friends, and the stories involve camping and adventures in small boats. They are magical tales (not "fantasy") that describe kids having good, old fashioned, wholesome fun and adventure. They are far and away the best children's books I ever read to my kids, excellent for the long winter ashore.
One other thing my kids really like having aboard the boat is their own personal headlamp for reading at night. If I had known about the ones with the red filters (to preserve night vision) I would have got them those.
Looking forward to reading other suggestions.