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So important that when I voyage solo I carry two autopilots (Raymarine). A relatively new one and an older one that I cannibalize for pieces.
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To me being able to single hand is an essential requirement. I get a lot of use out of my boat because I'm not dependant on crew if I feel like sailing. When my wife and two kids (5 & 7) are on the boat, she or I can safely handle the boat alone. We also night sail quite a bit. Our boat is a C&C 34 +. For a boat of this size, here is a list of things I would look for as you shop for boats:

- Autohelm
- GPS Chartplotter with AIS visible from helm (look at Garmin 546)
- VHF with RAM Mic (look at Standard Horizon Matrix w/AIS receiver built-in)
- Roller Furling
- Halyards, Vang, Outhaul, Cunningham, Reefing Lines Led Aft
- Good Stoppers and Self-tailing Winches on Both Port & Starboard Cabin Top
- Large Self-tailing Jib Winches Reachable Without Leaving The Helm
- Main Traveller/Main Sheet Reachable from the Helm (in front of pedistal)
- Wheel Rather Than Tiller
- Max Prop (makes manuvering at the dock much easier)
- Reliable Engine
- Reliable House Bank Isolated from Cranking Battery (so you don't have to go below and fuss with a battery switch when you kill the engine)

Also I wear a Self-Inflating Life Vest/Whistle/Strobe Light

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