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Old 04-24-2015, 12:34 PM   #41
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Essential tools

I have quite possibly a literal ton of tools on my boat - from an air compressor down to jeweler screwdrivers. My challenge is storing them and - ultimately - finding them quickly when needed.

My #1 tool to that end is a label-maker.
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Old 04-24-2015, 12:46 PM   #42
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Great info on the tools, I can't imagine what you guys carry in spare parts?

This is my first year with a Mainship 30 pilot. I have built my tool bag by what I have needed over the last four months while working under shrink wrap on the hard. Space is my main concern I have already filled the center storage with manuals and a small amount of spare parts, screws ect. The wife has claimed just about every other dry storega area on the boat. This leaves with my fifty pound tool bag and no great place top put it? Maybe I need a bigger boat.
I did have a questions. How much of these items are realy needed if I'm just staying within two to four hour boat trip of the marinia? Do you stock your boat for any mishap possible? Is it due to the distance you run, the great loop? How much is enough?
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Old 04-24-2015, 01:44 PM   #43
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Mr. js. As some have mentioned you REALLY don't need any tools just tow insurance. That being said, it IS handy to be able to tighten hose clamps, and again as mentioned effect enough of a repair to get you either to a safe anchorage or back to your dock.
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Old 04-24-2015, 01:50 PM   #44
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I do most of my work, I do carry tools and spares but not so I can make a repair in the boonies. I do my work in the slip so I don't have to worry about doing repairs while cruising. I think most boaters try to do the same whether with their tools or credit card.
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Old 04-24-2015, 02:04 PM   #45
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RT Firefly, you correct, credit card should be fine if I don't have the tool. I like River Cruiser's sataement also. I would rather just work on it at the Marina then carry every tool and part know to man. I guess if I went to a bigger boat and blue water cruising I can add more stuff?
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Old 04-24-2015, 02:19 PM   #46
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I could write a very long post about what I have repaired while underway or at anchor but I won't. Many times it's for a cruising buddy, sometimes to help a stranger.
After thinking about this, it seems as though over the years with way too many toys, that I was the guy with the most tools and small parts that everyone came to.
Very seldom did I need to do repairs on my own stuff, might be cuz I'm sorta Anal about preventitive maintenance. But a few times when out in the middle of no where, I was thankful for all the stuff I carried with me.
Now, lugging around table saws, routers, sanders and such is a bit of overkill. One good Makita battery drill and a Dremel tool does a lot of stuff in a pinch.
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Old 04-24-2015, 06:59 PM   #47
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when I got my boat I was amazed at the 3 tool boxes and all the spares the PO left for me. I thought I had hit the tool mother lode! There was 7 compartmented boxes of stainless and brass fasteners and spare bulbs, springs and hinges and lots of stuff I wasn't even sure of at the time. The holds were bulging with so much stuff you could hardly move. I reorganized and in my inexperience eliminated lots of things in an attempt to reduce the bulk by taking a lot of it home. But somehow most of that stuff seemed to know where it belonged and it drifted back to the boat box by box....what should you carry? now that I m a little more experienced I would say ...all of the above! I should have trusted the previous owner.
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Old 04-24-2015, 08:07 PM   #48
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I carry lots of tools. Even had a portable table saw and a small radial arm saw on the boat for several years. But one day I needed a small pair of cutters. I was at Ellsey's in Venice Louisiana (the only hardware store in town) after looking thru the tool section and not finding it I asked Shannon if she knew where I could get a very small pair of dikes. Her reply was "you mean like midget lesbians". Gotta love south Louisiana.
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Janice, I have never heard of a D clamp is it the same as a C clamp held sideways?? I do carry a couple of C and spring clamps on board.
Exactly Steve. And I have never seen another. Instead of a wide throat, it's deep. And yes, as a matter of fact I could use one right now. '

Mostly though, I use my multimeter, a Philips and standard screw driver, plus the vise grips. When I'm on an install kick the wire strippers are used. Ditto reamer -- just used that when replacing the switch on a light in my cabin. The new switch was a smidgen larger than the old one, so a few twists of the reamer and voila: it fit.

And now I have light.
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We may be a bit different in Oz buit we would never leave home with without Duct tape and Spray Oil [ R P 7, C R C ] or whatever your own brand.

Spay Oil for everything before starting to work on it.

Duct Tape for anything else. Duck Tape will not fix Stupid but it will quieten it.

Also for the midges, sand flys or mosquitos a good bottle of home made insect repellant.

Sorry if these are a bit off topic but should be in every tool box.

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Exactly Steve. And I have never seen another. Instead of a wide throat, it's deep. And yes, as a matter of fact I could use one right now. '

Mostly though, I use my multimeter, a Philips and standard screw driver, plus the vise grips. When I'm on an install kick the wire strippers are used. Ditto reamer -- just used that when replacing the switch on a light in my cabin. The new switch was a smidgen larger than the old one, so a few twists of the reamer and voila: it fit.

And now I have light.
Try a welding shop or welding supply store.

we had both the deep screw type and vice grip type on the welding table where I used to work.
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AKA "Deep throat" clamp
Try Google it there are lots available.


A "screw starter" is something I carry with the screwdrivers it is useful to make starter holes for screws. An old candle or block of wax to lube screws too.
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... wet/dry vac...
Thankfully, I do not NEED a wet/dry vac very often but when I do, I REALLY need the wet/dry vac. As a result, I have three wet/dry vac. One of the wet/dry vacs I use for disgusting stuff and another is for dry vacuuming.

The third one is a bit smaller than a gallon jug and works cleaning up small spaces/messes.

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Sounds like some of you guys pack more tools on your boat than I do my service trucks. Truth is a very small amount of tools is all that's needed for the vast majority of routine tasks. Figure out what those tasks are and pack accordingly.

Also determine what your boating style is. If you are a full time cruiser routinely traveling far offshore you will need to be far more prepared than a dedicated day boater such as myself. Also do not fail to pack the knowledge base needed to use your tools. Sounds odd but a close friend of mine has over $100,000 worth of Snap-On hand and power tools in his garage and cannot change his own oil, I kid you not.

The tool bag on my boat has a 6 in 1 screwdriver, couple adjustable wrenches, various pliers, wire stripper and not much else. There's precious few tasks I could not handle. Serves all my needs.
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Sounds like some of you guys pack more tools on your boat than I do my service trucks. Truth is a very small amount of tools is all that's needed for the vast majority of routine tasks. Figure out what those tasks are and pack accordingly.

Also determine what your boating style is. If you are a full time cruiser routinely traveling far offshore you will need to be far more prepared than a dedicated day boater such as myself. Also do not fail to pack the knowledge base needed to use your tools. Sounds odd but a close friend of mine has over $100,000 worth of Snap-On hand and power tools in his garage and cannot change his own oil, I kid you not.

The tool bag on my boat has a 6 in 1 screwdriver, couple adjustable wrenches, various pliers, wire stripper and not much else. There's precious few tasks I could not handle. Serves all my needs.
Sounds like the kind of guys I tow sometimes....$1M boat, $50,000 in operating expenses a year, all those tools and yet bellyaches at the costs associated with a tow or buying a membership for less than $200.
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Truth is a very small amount of tools is all that's needed for the vast majority of routine tasks. Figure out what those tasks are and pack accordingly..........

The tool bag on my boat has a 6 in 1 screwdriver, couple adjustable wrenches, various pliers, wire stripper and not much else.
I try and go through a mental exercise every once in awhile by asking myself, what if this failed, what if that failed, etc? Can I get the boat to safety? Do I have the right tools to repair the problem? Usually, the answer is yes...it may take some jerry rigging but it would get me to shore. For those jobs that would leave me stranded at sea, a direct line to the USCG helicopter crew would be nice!
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My problem is too many tools. When working on a project, the tools make a one way trip from home to the boat. Eventually, I do a big clean out and get back to basics, reducing boat weight significantly. And then the cycle begins again.

The best tool decision I made was to install 2 drawers in some unused space under the salon table, right next to the engine hatch. All my regularly used hand tools go in these 2 drawers, within easy reach of where most of the work is done.
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Try Google it there are lots available.
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Sounds like the kind of guys I tow sometimes....$1M boat, $50,000 in operating expenses a year, all those tools and yet bellyaches at the costs associated with a tow or buying a membership for less than $200.

lol I'm so cheap I bought the towing membership.
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