I suppose some would consider cabin
heat a luxury. I don't and it makes for comfort and that can mean safety
... I suppose. Wife also hates been cold. I never used it in the tropics... but have frequently in the higher latitudes.
Perhaps a networked plotter in the cockpit
would be considered a luxury. When I began my first position fixers... Loran
C and then GPS
were located in the nav station. As I use the AP almost all the time... having instruments on the binnacle would be a luxury and there was no real estate to mount one forward. The cockpit
dash allowed for multiple 4" square data displays including GPS
I picked up a Garmin
PDA with GPS and blue charts
. It was stand alone but it provided a chart display in the cockpit... or anywhere I took it. That was kind of a luxury. Radar
should be available in the cockpit. I don't think that a luxury.
A few years ago I picked up a B&G ZeusT7 which I was able to place in a rarely used under the dodger
. This was a huge step up from the little Garmin
IQ3600, but it's still not interfaced with instruments or radar
. When I upgrade the RayC80 to an N2K system with radar, I will have radar and AIS
and DDC in the cockpit... not just below. That may be a luxury. But I don't think it should considered such.
A cockpit control for the windlass
... or wireless remote
might also be considered a luxury. I find this useful when single
handing in some circumstances... I can be at the helm
and work the chain at the same time.
winches are no longer considered a luxury... nor is a windlass
The Milwauikee w/ winch
bit would be a luxury for a younger me... but now with a chronic lower back problem I welcome Mille aboard a necessary crew. She needs are bat recharged.
And so an inverter
is not a luxury... nor are various alt charging
sources and large batteries. A electrical monitor
system, with high output alternator
and smart regulator
are not a luxury as they might have once been. It's a matter of sizing the system to match your electrical
needs. A genset would perhaps be a luxury, but the noise
issue make it a non starter.
room and a full sized bed
are not luxuries either.... Nor are cockpit cushions