A reliable handheld marine VHF radio is handy when navigating through heavy traffic or bridges and invaluable in an emergency—especially with built in GPS and a DSC button.
“If a [failure] involving a fitted piece of gear onboard will dramatically alter a voyage, no matter how statistically improbable the [failure], there must to be a contingency in place to deal with it, or that piece of gear should not be fitted.”
A well-prepared boat should have a bag full of the necessities for survival—though we all hope we’ll never need it. If the time comes to abandon ship, a ditch bag is the first thing you’ll grab before stepping into a life raft.
Roller furling has become the status quo for headsails. Whether you are replacing one of the originals that is showing its age, or looking for convenience over hank-on sails, you'll find no shortage of good options with the latest generation of headsail furling systems.