Originally Posted by dhays
I think a hand-held VHF is a good idea. I don't have one. A waterproof VHF with integrated GPS and DSC is even better. My Mom has one that she uses for Kayaking.
A handheld spotlight can be useful. I have one. I have used it once. It came with a prior boat. I didn't go out and buy it. If you plan on going into unfamiliar anchorages, moorings, or marinas at night it can be useful. If you aren't, it will simply take up space. I would suggest that you use the boat for a bit first before you buy a bunch of stuff that you may never use.
I too have an older hand held spotlight. It plugs into a 12v cig lighter socket, that I installed specially on the Flybridge for it. I have used it a few times, when it was new, just to demonstrate its brightness to myself. It has huge candlepower! I have moved it several times, to get access to the stuff way back in the FB locker. Good that it was inexpensive.
On a recent RCMSAR rescue, a similar handheld, plug in light was put to good use finding and keeping a close eye on the tow that we rescued in the dark, in very foul weather.