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I know a fella who says that the only thing that goes wrong on a sailboat are engines and electronics -- so he carries neither (his outboard is a non-functioning ornament on his sternrail).

In my experience, your friend is right.

I once entertained the fantasy of retiring to the 18th century in an engine free, wooden sailboat with no electronics. Since then I have had a dose of reality and a little experience of wooden boats and high traffic sea-lanes. I will keep my plastic classic, thank you.
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I grew up gill netting on my father's 36ft. Day and night/ watch on watch running to Rivers or Smiths Inlet or NitNat ,where ever the opening was. We had electric nav lights , lights in the bunks and galley and that's it .After a good season (1962 or 3) he bought a paper sounder and a Daniels AM transceiver .We were highliners.... with a compass and common sense
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I need my cell phone. Getting contracts and work done while sailing the bay "priceless".
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Iphone.
All my charts, online banking, weather forecast/weather radar, camera/video, flashlight, alarm clock, calculator, notepad, most importantly all my MUSIC.

Oh, then there is the porn... Not that anyone watches it. Of course you don't.
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Depth sounder, though autopilot is a very close second. For coastal though, depth is definitely the one.
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Oh, then there is the porn... Not that anyone watches it. Of course you don't.
If you're watching porn on an iPhone screen then you are either seriously addicted or have very low standards.

Why do you think big-ass (no pun intended) HD monitors were invented?

Personally, I giggle at anyone who has everything that is electronically important in their lives all on the one device that is most easily lost overboard... and then I giggle harder at the fact that most of them don't have that info backed up on their computer...which they also have onboard.
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The depthsounder is the most important instrument on board, IMO. Everything else can be done non-electrically (not as readily or as conveniently though), but going back to the leadline while approaching an unfamiliar coast or anchorage short handed doesn't sound like any fun at all.
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Engine and Depth finder are a must for me, but since I'm not a polliwog do I get to keep the rest of my gadgets?
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It was a toss-up between modern "plastic" sails and the diesel - the diesel won out. I think a very high percentage of the old ships that went ashore would have survived had a diesel engine been available to them.

Actually, if Neptune ever got THAT pi$$ed, I might just stick to dinghy sailing.
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Howard's book is a good reference. And this is a good thread. If I were sailing offshore, I think the one "toy" I would prefer over all the others would be a sturdy and capable wind vane steering system.
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