The most important piece of equipment on board , is you, your knowledge of seaman ship, basic sailing skills, and then intermediate and then advanced. Then getting out there and sailing, gaining experience .
Also, coastal piloting and navigation
. Signal lights and day shapes,
Vessel systems. Handing emergencies.
Then gain experience out there on the ocean, on a fixed keel
type of vessel , Your lessons should be on board boats that have many different electronic, plumbing
, etc, etc, etc. systems..
Join a sailing club or organization that has structured courses.
As to all of the other things that you will need on board, I would get to sailing first, and put in serious effort and have fun learning
. None of us will ever know it all.
Then buy a boat, after a healthy amount of research
, and continue adding to your sail bag and vessel inventory. Trust me, that list is going to be very long.
All of the suggestions by the other posters are excellent, but your skills, and being a proficient skipper
high outweighs a garage full of sailing gear
that is not being used.
Once you join a sailing club, plunk down the cash, and before your fist lesson, we agree:
1. Learn and study your basic sailing manual, and all of the other course manuals
as you proceed with your training
. But, being ahead of the power curve, and having some knowledge will help .
2. Top sider or other good boat shoes.
3. Sailing gloves for line handling, and winch
work, and handling the helm
pickup, and anchoring
4. Sailing Jacket. You will be taking on spray
gear">Foul weather gear. Important.
6. Cap or hat with a chin strap.
7. Good quality polarized sun glasses with a croakie . Sun rellection off the ocean can hammer your eyes.
, parallel rules, dividers, hand bearing compass
. Also a piece of line to practice your figure 8's, bowlines, sheet bends, clove hitches, rolling hitches, and please learn proper cleat hitches. We carry plenty of extra line, you are going to need it for many different situations.
9. Read as many books on sailing instruction, passage
making, and first person experience authors.
10. Leatherman tool. channel locks, and good rigging
I do not know if you are U.S, or another country, so will stop here . You will need navigation
systems, buoys, navaids, lights, etc., for what ever areas that you will be sailing.
You absolutely have some great suggestions, but none of that is going to do you much good if you do not know how to sail, or ever buy that boat.
Living your sailing dream takes effort, and perseverance, study and practice, and gaining experience . And then fully understanding a skippers responsibility. It is huge.
" The ocean does not love you, any indifference toward her, and she will kick your transom, big time. "