My husband almost bought me a diamond braclet for our anniversary. Very expensive, very thoughtful, very not so me. I told him I much prefer a little something for that hole in the water I spend so much time on (without him. It keeps the marriage young
First, I have a Contessa 26 that is pretty well outfitted. My favorite accoutrement is the windvane monitor. I like it so much I must name it after I decide on its sex. I have a tiller autopilot and chartplotter, as well as the wind/depth meter. I have a asymetrical spinnaker and a storm trisail. I have an EPIRB and a liferaft. I have SSB, which is being installed sometime this century. Very importantly: I have stero.
Here are some of the things I'm thinking I would like: A newer VHF (with DSC); a drifter; AIS transponder; or FastFind PLB.
Here are some of the things I can definintely live without, but if I won the lotter I would consider: a new autopilot, a windlass, a stove, an inverter, a toughbook, mast steps, . . . getting way out there now . . . furling for the asymetrical (is it possible on a Contessa?), paint the boat blue, a bigger boat.
What I really would like but can't have until my three kids are out of college is to retire because now most of my sailing is confined to the bay. It takes all day to get to the ocean and back. But, what I aspire to is costal sailing and then maybe a Pacific Puddle Jump if I live that long.
So what would on your boat would you rather not live without?
BTW, I'm buying him a scanner. Lucky guy!