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Re: Your sailing "must have".

"Self steering", weather it is a wind vain or autopilot. I had a great one for 10 years that just failed and I am saving for a new one. They really help. I single hand mostly and after a few hours of hand steering in 10-20 kts. you get real tuckered out.
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"Self steering", weather it is a wind vain or autopilot. I had a great one for 10 years that just failed and I am saving for a new one. They really help. I single hand mostly and after a few hours of hand steering in 10-20 kts. you get real tuckered out.
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I second Brad's self steering comment. Our tiller pilot is invaluable while cruising. Ideally, both an autopilot and windvane steering would be aboard my boat for any extended ocean cruising, both for redundancy and just to have options. I can't stress enough how nice it is to have an extra "hand" in the cockpit.
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Re: Your sailing "must have".

We've got the head & hardly use it
We've got the stove and never use it (planning to this year)
Guess it's a well equipped tool box, dedicated only to the boat, with lots of spares

And a good set of lines, just in case. Last year we towed a father & son on their Kirby 25 off the race course that broke a pintel/gudgeon. In 15-20 knot winds they threw us a line, we towed them for almost an hour when their forestay sawed it through. They threw us another but just as we were entering the harbor it parted and whiplashed the son on the foredeck. They drfted up against the concrete pier with nothing to tie to, no fenders, little for lines. We threw them fenders and walkers on the pier helped them secure the boat. Later we heard the father had a heart attack and was taken off by EMS. Fortunately he survived. We are still waiting for them to return the fenders
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Re: Your sailing "must have".

Safety equipment is a big part of outfitting. You can go broke on safety equipment but it's worth a review. The ISAF Offshore Special Regulations (OSR) with US SAILING Prescriptions for coastal sailing is a good source of things to think about. The rest depends on what you're going to do with the boat. It's worth the time to think critically about how long and how far you're going to go on a cruise. Most production boats are equipped around weekending use and are short on stowage space for longer trips.
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Re: Your sailing "must have".

Tea, coffee, and I,m thinking cockpit cushions with pillow for Sunday Times and
alovely snooze sometime after the book review.......
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Re: Your sailing "must have".

The two things my boat doesn't have that would make a big difference:

Tiller Pilot

Roller Furling

Other than that, I'm good. Everything works, I'm independent for overnighters, about as comfy as a pop top camper.
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Re: Your sailing "must have".

Wind, preferably 15kts, 45° to 90° off the direction we're trying to go...

Other than that, the auto helm was the best addition after getting the "basics" squared away.

I'd guess it somewhat depends on what you're planning on doing with the boat and where. Coastal cruising, day sailing, crossing oceans, live aboard... PNW, New England, Caribean, Europe, etc.

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Re: Your sailing "must have".

Good ground tackle! We've got 100' of heavy chain and an anchor sized to hold a boat in a 50-knot blow, then bought it one size bigger than ours. We sleep securely at night.
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Re: Your sailing "must have".

Has everyone forgotten the RUM...???
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Re: Your sailing "must have".

I'd like to see what's beyond the horizon, So I'd need a compass!....Dale
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