main halyard winch
Household undersink water
filter with sub 1 micron filter. Filtered water
spigot in head
(no bottled water permitted on boat)
Big Maxwell windlass
Anything from Victron
plumbed for salt
or fresh flush. Quiet. Guests can figure it out. Uses less flush water than manual head so holding tank
doesn't fill quickly in harbor. Doesn't clog. Very comfy (need magazine rack in head)
New generation anchor (I think Manson, Rocna
, Spade, and Ultra are probably about equally wonderful)
small sailboat engines - damn they're reliable
Great bimini and dodger that both looks good, does it's job and doesn't bump my head coming up the companionway
Frigoboat keel cooler
for fridge and freezer
- Low energy use. Dead quiet.
Good davit setup - a bad one is worse than none at all
Powerful corded electric
hand vac (Eureka 71B - $40)
Really great mattress including eggshell "topper" and on slats. More comfortable than my last house mattress.
Spotless Stainless stainless cleaner (new entrant)
Led cabin lighting
Big house battery
Tef-gel and UDMH tape to isolate stainless from aluminum
on masts and booms - especially painted ones. Assume this wasn't done properly by the builder
Trident 101 head hose. No smell. Flexible.
West Gflex epoxy
- appears to stick to almost anything and never "pop" off.
powered bottle opener that plays the last out of the Red Sox 2004 world series win everytime you use it (it's amazing how often this impresses guests)
Balmar alternator regulator
- too difficult to set and fails more than it should - but I can't find a good alternative
Dodger windows - even strataglass looks good for less than 5 years despite religious care - I hate looking through scratched windows
and portlight acrylic
- same cloudy problem. Next boat will have glass portlights
(Newfound metals has a tempered glass option).
Lead acid Batteries (including AGM
, Gel, traction). This is ridiculous. Name another technology that hasn't improved much since the 19th century? Maybe L-ion - someday.
Painted masts - once they start to bubble you're lost
- see Tef-gel above.