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Old 03-22-2013, 10:47 AM   #21
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:19 AM   #22
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It depends which workman is, I love tools and I'm buying all the time.
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:26 AM   #23
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:33 AM   #24
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If you need something just ask a live aboard as we will proable have what you want! Also we are great modifies or jury rig most things, especilly if its an older boat.
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:36 AM   #25
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Like Screwdriver, wrench, clamps, hammers, ... everythink new, I want to buy, I have 2 and half toll boxes )
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:02 PM   #26
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Wow, I can see I am going to need to budget in for quite a few specialty tools as well as the parts I might need. Thanks everyone for all the imput.
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:22 PM   #27
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If you need some tool, I can lend you
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:34 PM   #28
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Thanks for the offer but I don't even have my trawler yet. I have most basic tools I will need but can see I will need to get some of the specialty ones when the time comes. Those I will not get until I have my Trawler and know specifically what I will need. This just helps me get one of my lists together.
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:56 PM   #29
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Luckily our boat came with a long list of specialty tools included. I did pick up a Crescent tool kit years ago that had a fair amount of standard tools of acceptable quality. Still using it and haven't lost one piece, which is amazing
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:25 PM   #30
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The tools you carry often reflect the condition of your boat.

I hope you mean that in a positive way.

The tools you have reflect your boats complexity, your ability to use them, and your percieved risk of breakdown.

Same thing for spare parts.
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Old 03-22-2013, 04:10 PM   #31
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If you decide to work on expensive things like engines or transmissions be careful of the tolerance of cheap tools. You only need to round off one bolt head or worst yet snap one off to pay for the next grade up of tools. I have some of each I seem to run in to less problems with the high end tools and will not use the low end tools on critical jobs.
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Old 03-22-2013, 04:30 PM   #32
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If you decide to work on expensive things like engines or transmissions be careful of the tolerance of cheap tools. You only need to round off one bolt head or worst yet snap one off to pay for the next grade up of tools. I have some of each I seem to run in to less problems with the high end tools and will not use the low end tools on critical jobs.
I agree, My old dad that left us in December, bless his soul, used to say "pliers were never made for nuts but it's often nuts that use them". You see so much damage with cheap tools, pliers and vise grips instead of using the proper tool.
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Old 03-22-2013, 04:36 PM   #33
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Go to Home Depot and you can find everything that you need.
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:05 PM   #34
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Other than your basic screw driver sets, wrenches and sockets hammer what type of tools do you carry on your trawler? Any specialty tools reccommended. I know this can vary depending on your engines and electronics. I currently do not own a trawler but hope to purchase a used one in the next 2 years or so. Just trying to get some information so I will be better prepared. Thanks
You will have a better idea of what tools you need once you have the boat. For example, you may or may not need a complete set of metric tools in addition to standard sized tools.

I have a fairly complete set of tools on my boat but some of the posts list items that I don't carry and probably won't.

I will say this though; There's little point in carrying tools that you don't know how to use. The same goes for spare parts.

If I could only take one tool on my boat it would be my TowBoatUS towing membership card!
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If you decide to work on expensive things like engines or transmissions be careful of the tolerance of cheap tools. You only need to round off one bolt head or worst yet snap one off to pay for the next grade up of tools. I have some of each I seem to run in to less problems with the high end tools and will not use the low end tools on critical jobs.
I agree whole-heartedly. All tools, but especially hand tools, need to be of sufficient grade for the task. If you're just pounding a nail, any hammer might do, but if you're removing 35 year old exhaust manifold bolts, you better do it right the first time. As my grandfather used to say, "Use the right tool for the job."

Another tool I find helpful is a hot glue gun. It makes temporary field repairs a breeze and it's usually easy to remove/clean up.
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Old 03-22-2013, 06:13 PM   #36
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If you can wait around Black Friday Home Depot Sears Lowe's all have phenomenal tool sales. Personally I think a blowmolded box that holds all the sockets is worth it small expense.
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Old 03-22-2013, 06:30 PM   #37
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Mr. skidgear mentioned torches in post #11. I have one of these and use it quite a bit. As mentioned, heat shrink but also for soldering, paint stripping very small areas, heating stubborn nuts and bolts, lighting kids sparklers, melting rope ends and creme brule.


Also picked up one of these on sale at Harbor Freight ($15). Replaced the buffing wheel with a 3" wire wheel. VERY handy.
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Old 03-22-2013, 06:51 PM   #38
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If I could only take one tool on my boat it would be my TowBoatUS towing membership card!
Well, now....we're finally getting down to the "nut cutting" as they say out west!
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:01 PM   #39
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I basically have a tool room on my boat as the forward cabin is seldom occupied. When you are cruising full time and like "wilderness" boating, I have found use for some of the most odd ball items I managed to stow. If you are coming back to a dock every night, less of an issue. You know the old saying: Definition of Cruising: "Fixing your boat in exotic places".

But I do have a few top-of-mind MVPs:
-A small set of stubby Gear Wrenches. I have a big set of Craftsman wrenches that I have used maybe 6 times or so in 5+ years, almost always for the metric sizes. These little guys do so many boat jobs so well I can't even begin to count the ways.
-digital multi-meter; indispensable. If I were to lose mine I would go to the nearest port immediately to get another. Get the best one you can find. Oh and a few litlte jumpers with alligator clips. Big heavy duty jumper cables are extremely handy too.
-one of those arcade game flexible grabbers. I never use the magnet on a stick because nothing you should be picking up on a boat is magnetic. The little mirror on a stick is very handy too.
-A little brad puller, which looks like a screw driver with forked tongue. Gets broken out for all kinds of odd jobs but main use is springing recalcitrant snaps.
-T handle hex set; get the right one and you can also put a socket wrench on it and use it as a nut driver for reaching into difficult spots, such as hose clamp installs.
-dual intensity heat gun: shrink wrap fittings, varnish removal and many other uses.
-ratchet crimper
-angled needle nose pliers
-small vise; I don't use it a lot but when I need it, it is wonderful
-measuring tape; probably belongs nearer to top of list, amazing how many time I break it out
-calipers; I am terrible at measuring hoses, holes, bolts etc without one. I do have an innate talent for losing these mysteriously.
-allen wrenches. though the t-hexes usuall cover this.
-vaseline
-corrosion x
-and last but certainly not least a little wet/dry Shop Vac.

If I had to go to sea with only the above and a wide range of screw drivers I wouldn't feel naked.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:33 PM   #40
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9 times out of 10 it's not necessarily the tools...it's still the mechanic...

An experienced mechanic can get by with a simple set of tools by knowing what can and cant be done with what is at hand...

Like using a fine tip screwdriver in a wrench to make up the difference in a slightly rounded bolt head...

or using 2 wrenches in conbination to give a longer moment arm to free a stubborn bolt...etc...etc...

Sure..buy a good set of tools before you go cruising...but more importantly...spend some time working on systems with a master and get to know how things are actually done in the field and not the "how to" section of some dreamland boating magazine article.
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