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Old 03-11-2012, 12:08 PM   #1
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Inquiry -- what power tools do you keep on your boat?* Where do you secure them while you are underway?** Which tool(s) do you find that you use the most?*** KJ
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Old 03-11-2012, 12:11 PM   #2
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Cordless drill, used by far the most. Fein Multimaster for mostly woodwork, but has lots of other uses. Two other sanders for woodwork. Saber saw also.
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Old 03-11-2012, 12:33 PM   #3
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RE: Power Tools

I've got four canvas tool bags stored under the forward berth. One with power tools: cordless drill, corded drill, dremmel, impact driver. One with electrical supplies, one hand tools and the last with wrenches and sockets.

For the last 9 months they have lived on top of the forward berth since I have done far more fixing than cruising.
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Old 03-11-2012, 02:05 PM   #4
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Power tools only......Let's see, ....I keep my variable speed, cordless drill plugged-in in the companion way closet with charging batteries for other cordless tools. In the lazerette, a Dremmel, jig & 5" cordless saw. Below the stateroom hatch, corded table saw, drill, and grinder. In the separate engine and gennie spaces, a combo-electric screwdriver with the socket end for hose clamps with philips and flat ends stored in the handle.
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Old 03-11-2012, 02:36 PM   #5
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RE: Power Tools

I keep the power tools in a*supermarket plastic hand basket in the engine room: 2 sanders,*drill, jig saw, angle grinder and heat gun plus a router/laminate cutter in it's own case.** The Dremal tool, cordless drill and* 2 soldering irons*are in the pilot house*in their own cases.

The Dremal tool and corless drill get used the most.

The tool I wish I had is a Fenn.
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Old 03-11-2012, 02:41 PM   #6
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In a cabinet under the settee, I keep my smaller electrical tools including heat gun, solder iron, DVM, crimper and wire continuity tester. These get a good workout during all electrical projects.*

In the aft stateroom, I keep my bulkier tools including my cordless drill, multi-tool and 12V jump start rechargeable battery pack.

My most often used tool is my cordless drill and my multitool.* The 12V portable battery pack provides me portable 12V power for light, accessories and troubleshooting.* Very handy.
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Old 03-11-2012, 03:10 PM   #7
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Greetings,
All of the above minus the table saw and Fenn tool BUT, what has come in VERY handy is a mini (3") bench grinder with stone and wire wheel-About $12 at Harbor Freight.Can't count the # of machine threads I've cleaned out with the wire wheel.


http://www.nextag.com/Equus-Products...23/prices-html

Has proved very handy as well


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Old 03-11-2012, 03:28 PM   #8
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RE: Power Tools

I have to agree with most, cant live without the cordless drill(2) and the drimell has turned out to be a wonderfull thing. My V berth is my tool and supply closet, going to have to change that for when Brother and Sister in law come. BB
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Old 03-11-2012, 05:31 PM   #9
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RE: Power Tools

There's only one cordless tool I'll have anywhere, and that's one with a second battery in the charging stand. I don't get along well with batteries; the inverter and generator are so handy batteries not worth the frustration and they just don't perform like real tools.

But this one I love:
http://www.amazon.com/Hitachi-DB3DL-.../dp/B000H2P05Q

and I have a chuck that makes it a drill.
http://www.micromark.com/mini-drill-...iver,7852.html

I keep the tools where I only need one operation to easily get at them...not remove a cushion, open a hatch, push aside a toaster, retireve a tool box, clear the table, set the tool box down on the table and then open it and scrounge around for the tool you want. Mine are under the step - flip open the step and see/grab the desired tool.

For backup, every couple years I buy and stash away a SAE/metric tool kit such as:
http://www.harborfreight.com/105-pie...-kit-4030.html
I 'Goodwill' the old set which may have a sticky pair of pliers or a missing socket or slightly rusty screwdriver...

The tool you use the most depend on the state of repair your boat is in. The tool I use the most is the beer bottle opener.
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Old 03-11-2012, 05:56 PM   #10
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The only power tool I've used on my 10-month old boat was a corded 3/8" drill for helping*mount the fire extinguishers and cup holders.* It normally stays at home, and on*onboard it used the boat's*110-volt AC outlets.
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Besides a cordless drill, I keep an oscillating buffer for polishing and waxing in route. I assume that counts as a power tool? *
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Old 03-11-2012, 06:36 PM   #12
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I have a plug in (cheap) drill and a heat gun on my boat. If I'm doing a project I will bring other tools and for my flooring project, I put just about every portable tool I own in my truck just to have them handy.

What power tool do I use most on the boat? An electric screwdriver powered by 4 AA cells.
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The only power tool I've used on my 10-month old boat was a corded 3/8" drill for helping*mount the fire extinguishers and cup holders.* It normally stays at home, and on*onboard it used the boat's*110-volt AC outlets.
*What?* It didn't come with cupholders? ;-)

I'd hope you wouldn't need many tools.* It's still under warranty, right?
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Yah ran right inta that one, Mark..
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When I started the rebuild/conversion of our lobster style boat , I installed a 4KW noisemaker so I could be powered on the hook.

Worked fine , but today there are so many (and I now have most) 18V power tools the noisemaker sits idle , year after year.

With a modest collection of std. hand tools most jobs can be done , before a power tool could be set up for the job.

This years job , replace with a properly cambered cabin top the main salon overhead , is being done at our FL dock,
so access to band saw , two table saws , and 6x48 belt sander are a big help.

BUT it could almost as easily be done with smaller hand tools ,construction just would be a bit slower.
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Old 03-12-2012, 11:01 AM   #16
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I asked the original posting person if I could hijack this thread, he reluctantly said "yeah".

So, what do you keep on board to deal with a below the waterline leak, while underway? *Say for instance,*you hit an object and it made a hole ( I know "size matters") in the hull?* So, for different size leaks, what do you have to fix them?****** KJ


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Nerf football. It can be cut or forced into the smallest of openings and my boys have one or two on board anyway for water toys.
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Nerf football. It can be cut or forced into the smallest of openings and my boys have one or two on board anyway for water toys.
*Hmmm. Never heard of that one before.********** KJ
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Yah ran right inta that one, Mark..
*With both eyes wide open.* *
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A wax toilet seating ring, and a block of electricians putty.

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