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Old 16-11-2009, 04:57   #31
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... He said something like "Son, when you've put down in some beautiful clear lagoon in the middle of nowhere and dropped your only half inch wrench in the water, you can see it quite clearly five hundred feet below you. And there's not a damned thing you can do to get it back. So if you want to get home again, you tie things on."
OK, I don't have lanyards on EVERYTHING but my #1 pliers sure has a lanyard on it. Besides, these days there's a serious MARPOL fine for dropping anything overboard, including your Allen keys.<VBG>
Good advice; but I have to wonder about a boat capable of "puting down" in 500 feet of water, having only one, of any essential tool.
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Old 16-11-2009, 05:45   #32
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Good advice; but I have to wonder about a boat capable of "puting down" in 500 feet of water, having only one, of any essential tool.
Ah.. I think he was referring to a flying boat or a seaplane...the said man being a marine aviation mechanic
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Old 16-11-2009, 06:01   #33
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"Tools on my boat not only actively seek the ocean,"
A fellow who was an old marine aviation mechanic when I knew him, used to have bronze or brass tools with some kind of lanyard attached to almost every one of them.

He said something like "Son, when you've put down in some beautiful clear lagoon in the middle of nowhere and dropped your only half inch wrench in the water, you can see it quite clearly five hundred feet below you. And there's not a damned thing you can do to get it back. So if you want to get home again, you tie things on."

Like they used to tell the offshore oil rig workers "tie a string onto the wrench, tie the other end around your B@lls you'll never drop one in the drink, again.
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Old 16-11-2009, 09:46   #34
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"Ah.. I think he was referring to a flying boat or a seaplane..."
Indeed. Weight = fuel = range and there's very little that goes aboard an aircraft, even today, without the question being asked "Do we need it? How much does it weigh?"
Pretty much the same policy that winning racing boats follow. Weight = speed loss, at best.
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Well, I have had pretty good luck keeping my ferrous tools in a Pelican box. The box is cheaper than all stainless or bronze tools. I put the balance of my tool funds into a heavy duty magnet on a string for when I am not fortunate enough to be anchored in the caribbean or south pacific, which is most of the time.
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I like to use lanolin hand cleaner. Wors well, does not leave the tools slippery after it 'dries'.
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Most professionals that rely on their tools in the field use Boeing's Boeshield T-9. I suggest you use the product that your life depends upon when you take to the friendly skies.
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i dont like being in the same space as those corrosion inhibitors from the gun shop. wd40 is something you have to have on board anyway - it has lots of uses, kind of like duct tape .....
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