Things I've tossed off the boat that others think are necessary
Windspeed and direction instruments
, who cares, sail to the boat not the gauges.
, You get pretty close at estimating boatspeed, they just clog up with weed, is another hole and a GPS
does fine mostly.
on my phone
is better and cheaper, or cmaps on a laptop
, deep reefed strong main is much better plus one spare main stashed away.
, Satphone is simpler and more reliable, plus can be taken ashore or into liferaft
Electric anchor winch
, I need the exercise
Outboard for dinghy
. I enjoy the exercise
doesn't row well, doesn't tow well and doesn't like rock oysters
is better and safer
small portable engel unit is simple, cheap
and reliable (i hope).
is more fun, and I motor less with it.
Stainless steel rigging wire
Galvanised lasts long enough and costs 1/4 the amount.
Yachty bottle screws
industrial tested galvanized ones are cheaper and better
Fancy halyard shackles
, tie a bowline.
Fancy stainless boom bails
use a spectra strop, much stronger and easy to replace
Genoa tracks and cars
A well cut sail that doesn't need the lead changing when it's reefed. less leaks
and nothing to stub your toes on.
Deck filler pipes and fancy gauges for diesel tank
, I installed a 4 inch inspection
port on the tank top. I can fill it direct from below, and inspect it easily.
Swaped to a wood heater, more cosy, simple,free fuel
and wood smoke smells nicer
Staysail on a sloop
On smaller boats it slows down tacking, not worth the clutter, at least inshore.
got a portapotti instead, might try a composting.
underwater cockpit drains
ran them over the side above the waterline. welded in tubes, two less seacocks.