After giving your background a little more thought, I offer the following advise. I have been in sailing for over 40 years , started with Sunfish, Widgeon 12, 19' Flying Scot (had two at one time), and Catalina 36
for 10 years. Gained most of my experience racing
the Flying Scot all over the eastern US for 39 years.
I don't think you need instruments like an autopilot
or B&G wind
meter on a 22' sailboat for Lake Erie, both unlikely to be transferrable to a new larger boat. Your present boat is worth $2000 - $5000, probably in the middle, and neither upgrade will improve your sailing abilities. Stick with a masthead fly and wool telltales on the shrouds, and a tiller.
I have spent a number of weeks cruising Lake Erie on my 19' Flying Scot, anchoring
at South and Middle Bass, also sailing to Scudder at the north shore of Pelee. I never needed a wind instrument.
Spend your dough on a roller furler
, if you don't already have one or newer sails
You will or have found that on Lake Erie, you will have more weekends on the Lake vs at the dock
if it were bigger, 25-27 ft.This is especially true during June when thunderstorms arrive in the afternoon.
Hello and Happy New Year to Surv69 on dock
C-7 from Windancer on E-13