Originally Posted by Colorado Jim
As a newbie looking for advice outfitting my first boat: what are the must-have tools for life aboard? Perhaps those replying can list the top five essentials or even those tools they didn't think they would need but have since found invaluable or at least those that are necessary but are not available or really expensive outside of the US. Thanks for your suggestions.
The absolute essentials in my opinion:
A large screw driver.
A combination screwdriver with different bits.
A ball peen hammer.
Large, medium and small crescent wrenches.
Several different sizes of vice grips.
Large channel lock pliers.
A filter wrench appropriate to your engine
crimping tool with an assortment of lugs and splices.
Some spare wire and cable.
Needle nose pliers.
A utility knife with extra blades.
Cans of WD-40 and PB-Blaster.
A small saw with different blades for wood and metal.
A rechargeable drill motor
with drill and driver bits.
A good set of socket wrenches both SAE and metric.
Masking tape, duct tape, rigging