Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 15-01-2016, 09:54   #16
CF Adviser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2009
Boat: Custom Van De Stadt 47 Samoa
Posts: 3,743
Re: Tools of the gods....?

>>30 days next month in the Caribbean

There are in fact actual stores in the caribbean, that sell actual tools, you know.

I don't mean to sound like a smart ass, but you can go down there, see what size nuts are on the engine (and elsewhere on the boat) and buy actual proper wrenches that fit.

And in the meantime, vice grips and a typical adjustable crescent wrench will in fact adequately do most of the job.
__________________

__________________
estarzinger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-01-2016, 10:21   #17
Senior Cruiser
 
colemj's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Presently on US East Coast
Boat: Manta 40 "Reach"
Posts: 10,049
Images: 12
Re: Tools of the gods....?

30 days????

I can get through problems for that long just by ignoring them. Heck, it generally takes me that long just to admit there is a problem.

You can always do what many other cruisers seem to do - borrow.

Mark
__________________

__________________
www.svreach.com

You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
colemj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-01-2016, 10:30   #18
Registered User
 
deblen's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Grand Manan,N.B.,Canada N44.40 W66.50
Boat: Mascot 28 pilothouse motorsailer 28ft
Posts: 1,400
Images: 1
Re: Tools of the gods....?

I keep two of these aboard-one SAE & one Metric. I got them several yrs ago thru Home Hardware Canada but they no longer carry them.
They have been great-just add one 3" & one 6" 3/8 drive extension with them.
Try Googling "3/8 ratchet with sockets in handle" or "Ready Tools"

Workforce Ratchet 3 8" Ratchet with Sockets Harley Davidson Imperial MGB | eBay

Cheers/ Len
__________________
My personal experience & humble opinions-feel free to ignore both
deblen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-01-2016, 10:50   #19
Registered User
 
anacapaisland42's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
Boat: Challenger 32 1974
Posts: 292
Images: 3
Re: Tools of the gods....?

Someone has to say it ......

a bottle opener

Bill
__________________
anacapaisland42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-01-2016, 11:01   #20
Registered User
 
hamburking's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Kingston Ont Canada
Boat: Looking for my next boat!
Posts: 2,148
Re: Tools of the gods....?

I like channel locks. Although not ideal, they replace a lot of other tools. I carry a medium size one.

I agree with your sentiment about other peoples boats lacking tools. When I did an atlantic ocean delivery the boat had 4 large toolboxes which were 95% empty. I ended up using my own small tools I had brought...multimeter, multi screwdriver, metric hex set, and gerber multitool.

Some of the first things I put aboard when I buy a boat are a wrench set, socket set, and screwdriver set. Its amazing how many jobs can be accomplished with these simple hand tools.

Of course there will always be special jobs requiring special tools...pipe cutter, hack saw, snap ring pliers, etc.

One of my favorite tools to keep aboard is an old style manual (egg beater type) drill. For drilling in fiberglass or wood its excellent...and requires no batteries, charger, or cord.
__________________
hamburking is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-01-2016, 11:04   #21
Registered User
 
anacapaisland42's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
Boat: Challenger 32 1974
Posts: 292
Images: 3
Re: Tools of the gods....?

Serious reply
I have 3 different size pipe wrenches, wouldn't be without them.
Bill
__________________
anacapaisland42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-01-2016, 11:06   #22
Registered User
 
hamburking's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Kingston Ont Canada
Boat: Looking for my next boat!
Posts: 2,148
Re: Tools of the gods....?

Quote:
Originally Posted by colemj View Post

You can always do what many other cruisers seem to do - borrow.
I keep a few extra (crappy/cheap) tools aboard for "lending" out. Cause you know they are never coming back. Learned that lesson the hard way...over and over and over again.
__________________
hamburking is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-01-2016, 11:28   #23
Registered User
 
CaptTom's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Southern Maine
Boat: Prairie 36 Coastal Cruiser
Posts: 975
Re: Tools of the gods....?

I have one of those 8-in-1 or whatever wrenches someone once gave me. Never used it.

Murphy guarantees that at least one bolt head or nut critical to the job at hand doesn't have enough room around it to use whatever tool you have. You always seem to need a deep but narrow socket, a universal, two specific lengths of extenders, and whatever size ratcheting driver you don't have.

Or, if it IS reachable, it's so tight that you need a massive wrench and a cheater bar to loosen it. Which often leads down the path of easy-outs and heli-coils.

For anything else, a Leatherman tool, channel-locks, vice-grips or pliers will work fine.
__________________
CaptTom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-01-2016, 11:32   #24
Registered User
 
RainDog's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Varies
Boat: Pacific Seacraft 34 #142
Posts: 1,183
Re: Tools of the gods....?

Quote:
Originally Posted by davidu996 View Post
I have myself just discovered the knipex pliers wrench

I have just ordered mine but from what i have found out about it im in love. imagine a pair of channel locks that also work as vicegrips. toothless jaws that do not pivot but slid up against the nut and lock.
I have other knipex tools are they are really, really nice tools. I suspect this is the best answer. Looks like a great tool.
RainDog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-01-2016, 11:52   #25
Registered User
 
UNCIVILIZED's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Up the mast, looking for clean wind.
Boat: Currently Shopping, & Heavily in LUST!
Posts: 5,629
Re: Tools of the gods....?

I'd say, look though & inventory your "boat tool set" that you have at home, & then only take with you the tools which are hard to come by at your destination. And or, that you can't get shipped there on the cheap.

Knock on wood, that shouldn't be too long a list. As, generally, aside from sockets, "the essentials" fit inside of one, easily carried tool box. Unless you're talking power tools, or the variety which one needs for something more resembling a rebuild on a vessel. Well, them, & some specialized ones for electrical/electronic diagnostics & such.

Plus, might it be possible to inquire/request that certain tools be left onboard? As it's kind of unseaman like to leave a vessel totally bereft of basic tools.
That, & they'll know what's available locally as well. Though don't put yourself in a bad spot by leaving behind some of the essentials, based solely on what they tell you.

Also, I'd be a bit hesitant to travel with my favorite, & or, expensive/hard to acquire tools. Lest they "grow legs" in the course of my travels to & from a boat which is far away.
__________________

The Uncommon Thing, The Hard Thing, The Important Thing (in Life): Making Promises to Yourself, And Keeping Them.
UNCIVILIZED is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-01-2016, 12:12   #26
Registered User
 
Cadence's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: SC
Boat: None,build the one shown of glass, had many from 6' to 48'.
Posts: 6,058
Re: Tools of the gods....?

Quote:
Originally Posted by a64pilot View Post
I was given one of those Gator sockets once, I "lost" it when they weren't looking, absolute crap, but if I had to chose between that and a pipe wrench? I'd sure give it a try.
As far as a Gator grip. If I was considering space I would have one. Probably keep it packed in a light oil or hydric fluid. Not a socket set but seems to work well , also on rounded off heads.
__________________
Cadence is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-01-2016, 12:26   #27
Registered User
 
Reefmagnet's Avatar

Join Date: May 2008
Location: puɐןsuǝǝnb 'ʎɐʞɔɐɯ
Boat: Nantucket Island 33
Posts: 2,735
Re: Tools of the gods....?

A small 1/4 inch socket set is light, compact and will handle the majority of bolt sizes up to at least 1/2"/13 mm. Some also include hex, torx and various other screw bit sockets as well.

A filter wrench can also be invaluable and I just love my little dental pick set which always has a seemingly million and one uses.

Sent from my SGP521 using Cruisers Sailing Forum mobile app
__________________
Reefmagnet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-01-2016, 12:35   #28
Registered User
 
Cadence's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: SC
Boat: None,build the one shown of glass, had many from 6' to 48'.
Posts: 6,058
Re: Tools of the gods....?

Quote:
Originally Posted by S/V Alchemy View Post
Klein cutters, about a dozen AWAB hose clamps, Ancor crimpers (with self-sealing crimp connectors), and a couple of rolls of self-amalgamating tape.
My son and I kid about the pair of blow out Klein's being the best crimpers.
__________________
Cadence is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-01-2016, 13:33   #29
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Charlotte, NC
Boat: Boatless at this time (is this a word?)
Posts: 46
Re: Tools of the gods....?

Quote:
Originally Posted by anacapaisland42 View Post
Someone has to say it ......

a bottle opener

Bill
Bill has the best tool advice!!!

Just to clarify for this request to all of you, , I want to bring them in my checked baggage. I will not buy them at a local hardware store. It is my experience with me, and crossing between the BVI's and Guadeloupe, this is where something will break. I need these few tools just to get me back to shore thus the question.



The rest of you gave me some good advice which makes CF a great resource, especially Bill suggestion. My problem is that the beer in the Caribbean is not the best in my book, and undeserving of a fancy bottle opener. We should start a separate thread on that.
__________________
Swammy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-01-2016, 13:36   #30
Registered User

Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Pawleys Island, SC
Boat: 32 Rival
Posts: 28
Re: Tools of the gods....?

From an old blue water sailor....if you have a spare on board, you'll never need it, whatever spare or tool on board you don't have, you'll need it tomorrow, or in a bad blow.
Grady
__________________

__________________
gradyho is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cordless tools vs. Corded Tools + Generator sully75 Construction, Maintenance & Refit 45 13-07-2014 06:16
Hello from Gods Country Rebel1 Meets & Greets 2 08-07-2008 23:24
The gods are angry.... cooper Cruising News & Events 6 08-06-2007 19:15



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 20:29.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.