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Making boarding easier
Coming alongside and climbing aboard from a highly unstable tender is not an easy task. It is made infinitely more difficult by having to clamber over the guard rails. For people who are more senior than others, slightly heavier or are not familiar with a world in motion, it can prove prohibitive. Even for born yachties it is an inconvenience, as it is very awkward when ferrying provisions back and forth particularly in a chop.
Comfortable lifelines to lay against
Some cockpits have natural seating or resting positions that have the crew sitting in the cockpit and reclining back on the guard rails. Though the shape of the cockpit may naturally lead itself to this position, the narrow lifelines become very uncomfortable to lean upon after the shortest amount of time.
Protecting your eyes and those of your crew
Bright sunlight is hard on the eyes, but when sailing the problem is amplified. Not only are you exposed to the blinding glare caused by sunlight striking and being reflected off water, but also from the deck, sails and other boats, making exposure during sailing far more intense.
Keeping cool below decks with free air conditioning
The heat in the tropics can be unbearable at times when at anchor or alongside. This is especially the case in equatorial regions with high humidity. Moving a breath of cooling air becomes imperative but fans and any air conditioning typically consume enormous amounts of power.
Making boarding from the tender easier
Coming alongside and climbing aboard in a highly unstable tender is not an easy task. For people who are more senior than others, slightly heavier or are not familiar with a world in motion it can prove prohibitive. Even for born yachties, it is less than convenient and very awkward when ferrying provisions back and forth, and a struggle in a chop.
Tableware and glasses for long term cruising
A boat is a world which is not the most hospitable place for breakables. So some consideration has to be given to the durability of plates, dishes, cups, and glasses etc.
Independant shower water in hot sunny environments
Water is a scarce resource on bluewater cruising vessels that do not have the benefit of a watermaker. Most people have reservations about using the main tank's drinking reserve for personal showers. But if that is acceptable, warming can also be a challenge.
Powering and charging occasional AC devices aboard a yacht
Yachts typically operate on 12 volt DC systems whereas most household electrical products run on 240 volts in the UK or 110/120 volts AC in the US. This means that it is not possible to charge the occasional personal user devices such as smart-phones, iPads, digital cameras, laptop computers, camcorders, portable video game consoles, stereos etc directly from the standard power supply.
A convenient cockpit table
Some cockpits, such as the open one we had on our tiller steered vessel, have no natural place to permanently fit a foldout cockpit table. Carrying a separate occasional foldout table is a real bane as it consumes an enormous amount of storage, is entirely unwieldy to retrieve and store and, without a solid fixing, can be knocked over.
A simple tiller extension
A vessel's tiller does not always reach to the most comfortable, or optimal, position for steering.