What's the best

Discussion in 'Ask All Sailors' started by Tyemac, Oct 1, 2018. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Tyemac


    Joined Jul 2, 2016
    8 posts, 10 likes
    Hunter Vision32
    2 Ca Barrochois
    What is the best thing you bought for your boat that you can't do without now, or wouldn't want to leave shore without ?

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  2. dlochner


    Joined Jan 11, 2014
    3,617 posts, 1,672 likes
    Sabre 362
    113 US Fair Haven, NY
    A gardener's kneeling pad. It is also one of the cheapest items on the boat. There seems to be an endless number of times I have to get down on my hands and knees to get something or fix something. The kneeling pad makes it almost comfortable.

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  3. markwbird


    Joined Nov 26, 2012
    999 posts, 235 likes
    Hunter 34
    US Berkeley
    Lewmar winches

  4. kloudie1


    Joined Nov 6, 2006
    8,289 posts, 754 likes
    Hunter 34
    US Mandeville Louisiana

  5. Gene Neill

    Gene Neill

    Joined Sep 30, 2013
    2,787 posts, 1,384 likes
    C-22, Albin Vega
    US central Florida
    Autopilot x2

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  6. Dalliance


    Joined Oct 6, 2007
    658 posts, 103 likes
    Hunter 1982 H30 Cherubini
    US Chicago (Burnham)
    Self-tailing winches.

  7. Jimmy


    Joined Jan 28, 2018
    119 posts, 34 likes
    Hunter 26
    Us lake Powell lake mead
    BBQ soon to be tiller pilot

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  8. Jackdaw


    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    10,076 posts, 3,083 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    refrigeration conversion for the icebox. Jodi agrees.

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  9. Stu Jackson

    Stu Jackson

    Joined Feb 26, 2004
    20,469 posts, 902 likes
    Catalina 34
    224 CA Maple Bay, BC, Canada
    Once you've had one, without it is......................

    Like microwave ovens & ATMs, "How'd I ever live without it?" :)

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  10. NYSail


    Joined Jan 6, 2006
    2,070 posts, 186 likes
    Beneteau 423
    US Mt. Sinai, NY
    Autopilot is dreamy!

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  11. garymalmgren


    Joined May 29, 2018
    66 posts, 48 likes
    Canel 25 foot
    Jonathan jp Shoigama, japan
    Straw hat

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  12. nightowle


    Joined Aug 28, 2006
    300 posts, 53 likes
    Bavaria 35E
    US seattle
    Our toaster - but in reality, the chartplotter at the helm.

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  13. DAVA390


    Joined Jul 13, 2010
    953 posts, 149 likes
    Precision 23
    US Perry Hall,Baltimore County
    Roller furling on the jib. A happy admiral makes a happy boat!

  14. jssailem


    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    9,032 posts, 3,938 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    While I’m am a big :plus:with the auto pilot, to expand the discussion I add the 2 stern pulpit seats I added this year. They are preferred spots to sit and enjoy the cruise on a pleasant day. The occupiers have excellent view of the boat and what surrounds it. They are comfortable and secure offering great hand holds. The perch is out of the way yet you can quickly enter the action in handling the boat. They have turned out to be a grand addition that happened as an after thought while in he midst of replacing the damaged stern pulpit.
    Now, I’d take a hammer to the old pulpit just to damage it so I could get it repaired and add stern pulpit seats to the replacement.

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  15. Hydro Therapy

    Hydro Therapy

    Joined Dec 27, 2012
    437 posts, 74 likes
    Precision 22 (Sold), O 240 (Sold), Precision 28
    US Somers Point
    Bimini top, had one added this year and shortly after we took a week long sail to Rock Hall MD. The trip was during a heatwave. I think my bald head would of exploded without it.

    I may of said auto pilot but my boat had that when I bought it.

  16. rgranger


    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    6,123 posts, 1,604 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Smith Mountain Lake

  17. CaptKimble


    Joined Jul 29, 2017
    169 posts, 76 likes
    Catalina 380
    US Los Angeles
    All of the above!:beer:..but the fridge is a great thing to have on a boat.

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  18. pateco


    Joined Aug 12, 2014
    2,201 posts, 643 likes
    Hunter 31 (1983)
    US Pompano Beach FL

    It is so nice to have a boat without Mold & Mildew growing everywhere. and the odor below is now pleasant instead of nasty.

    It is the first thing I plug in when we return to our slip.

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  19. Charlie Jones s/v Tehani

    Charlie Jones s/v Tehani

    Joined Mar 1, 2012
    1,735 posts, 683 likes
    1961 Rhodes Meridian 25
    us Texas coast
    Bimini,, and autopilot.. But I'd swap the main sail for the Bimini if forced to choose. Here on the Texas coast, you'd roast without the Bimini

  20. Simon Sexton

    Simon Sexton

    Joined Nov 1, 2017
    547 posts, 250 likes
    Catalina 25 Tall Rig
    Valiant US Watergate Marina, Kemah, TX
    Topping lift...before I installed it the boom would just rest in the cockpit.

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