Blue Water Cruising Gear

Nothing is so much discussed in the cockpits of cruisers worldwide(often with a sundowner beside),as blue water cruising gear.Function,quality,and perhaps on top-company service are main topics.We have heard hundreds of stories about failing gear and miserable service,as well as loads of stories about good quality gear combined with good companyservice.
My thought was to go through our selfsteeringgear,batterycharging systems,some navaids,communication equipment and some other minor things.Each device will be presented under it´s own subject line.