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Old 28-11-2010, 16:42   #1
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I was wondering what tools you have found most useful on your boat?

I like the magnet on a stick, waterproof headlamp, and ratchet straps


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Old 28-11-2010, 17:15   #2
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The ones I forgot to take with me

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Old 28-11-2010, 17:24   #4
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It's hard to prioritize which tool gets the most use... knife, screwdrivers, diagonal cutter, vise grips, mallet, awl, lineman's pliers, needle nose pliers, wire cutter, stripper, crimper, ratchets, inspection mirror... the list is endless.
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Good question for right now, since I wish I had the right tool for a job I am working on.
I need a Torx (Star) drive. I think the most important thing is to check all your important items and make sure you have the right tools to fix those. Example: Our engine mounting bolts required a 28 mm wrench, the furling requires 4 sizes of Torx, some important bolts have a square in the head, etc. A lot of Hex bolts are not easy to lossen, so either long handle hex wrenches or hex sockets are great.

For electrical you need a multimeter. And, for sure, you will find some tools you wish you had.
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I don't need any tools on board apart from a bottle opener and corkscrew. Tools are only if you ever need to repair anything and my boat is not like that.

I'm kidding. My boat needs so much repair I am thinking of converting the vberth into a tool shed .

Just thinking about what I have actually found most useful, I often seem to be reaching for the vice grips (several sizes) and the handful of Yanmar spanners I unearthed in the recesses of a storage hole. Initially I was not going to use the Yanmar spanners as rusty and I have my own shiny set but they fit the motor so well that I now grab 'em before anything else. And of course, to see where to use the spanners I need the headlamp. I got one which takes AA batteries as I have a 12v AA battery charger and use AA's in a variety of equipment.
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i AM converting my forepeak of my formosa into a tool and work room.
the tools i need most are the ones that were stolen from htis boat between owners, when she seemed abandoned....includes a packing gland tool, many screwdrivers, sockets, wrenches, dikes, crimpers, LOL-- everything...
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Some good ideas previously discussed here.

What Hand Tools to Have Aboard ?
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I carry almost no tools. Just my charming personality and infinite patience. The personality enables me to borrow the rare tool I need. The patience helps fine the shops ashore in exotic places the can easily do the work for me.

All I carry is a few screwdrivers, wrenches, a hack saw, rigging cutter, small electrical tools, a multimeter, Gerber multi-tool-thing....ummm...that's about all. I've a paint brush and sandpaper for touching up the tiny bit of brightwork. If I can't fix it with what I've got it simply stays broken until later.

I'm a sailor. My tool is the boat.
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Some good ideas previously discussed here.

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My old thread from back when we thought we wanted a Gem. My how things change...
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Any tool that I've used to do repairs on the boat stays on the boat, within reason. Along with a full set of combo tools that I would allow me to dismantle the whole motor and tranny. But the most used is the cordless drill motor with ever imaginable attachment possible.

Prop puller
snap-ring pliers w/multiple tips
drill and tap set-english & metric
sail sewing tools and threads
cable cutter up to 1/2" (13 mm)
and, and, and..............

I should just download my tooling list.
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Flexable grabber tool to retreve items droped to places unreachable...companion to my magnet on a stick.
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Steel marlinespike with a crescent wrench head welded on..imminently useful tool.

If the boat is big enough...a small metal lathe.
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I was wondering what tools you have found most useful on your boat?

I like the magnet on a stick, waterproof headlamp, and ratchet straps


Thanks for your imput

Paintbrush taped to a stick (for cleaning in nooks and crannies).
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