I carry a pretty extensive tool set including a small lathe/drill. It does not get as much use as it used to because I am getting more settled in my ways and don't need to carry out so many projects to fill my time and the energy budget
is not so extensive these days.
A couple of the fairly large jobs I have carried out are the salvage
of the parts
from an anchor winch
when the pinion gear
wore out and I converted it from vertical to horizontal using many of the old parts and an industrial worm drive and, I have built a number of wheel
drives for the autopilot
. The latest of these uses all chain and sprocket reduction and an auto radiator fan as a motor
(being semi waterproof these things are pretty handy on a boat and easy to get hold of)
One of the things I find particularly useful with the lathe is that I can use it to repair running rigging equipment
that has gone out of production, this stuff is expensive to replace and whilst originally designed as throw away much of it is repairable if you have the equipment
, whilst doing so you can sometimes upgrade it and it keeps the boats equipment unmixed and to it's original standard - there is too much damned plastic creeping into the yachting equipment business.
A few years ago I marinised a 50hp engine
by fabricating an all stainless, water
manifold, an all alloy bell housing (with 2 starter motors installed - if you are going to carry a spare it might as well be bolted onto the engine) and an adapter to fit between the new Twin Disc gearbox
and the Yanmar
flange on the prop shaft. I also removed all the welsh plugs and installed interference
fitted, threaded sleeves into which to screw anodes.
It is surprising the jobs you can take on whilst living on a boat full time when you have a few tools lying about.