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Old 05-11-2018, 12:15   #46
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WD40 is useless on a boat. T9 Boeshield, SuperLube and Lanacote.


I thought I had every tool I needed until last year:


ratcheting flex head box wrench set - great to get into those impossible to reach places


nut splitter - great for those impossible to remove little thingies and acorn nuts after you grind off the tops

WD 40 is useless, period... Aerokroil
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Milwaukee electric screwdriver with full set of machined hex shank screw and nut drivers. An anti-arthritis tool. This is possibly my favorite tool.

Was gonna suggest it, you beat me to it.
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Old 05-11-2018, 13:53   #48
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The magnet is genius, I love it...ON-WARD TO THE HOBBY STORE, KEE HA!!!!

Sorry don't know where the out burst came from.... But in all actuality I do love the idea...
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FWIW:
When I'm on the hard, my multimaster kit. Underway, and on the hard, the brightest most reliable LED worklights I can find. A headband one, hand one, hanging one, and a forth for good measure. You can never have too much light...

And as much as I like rechargeable batteries for these lights, I have found their capacity to be pretty limited and their charging characteristics unstable. So regrettably, I still use Alkaline batteries.
Oh, and forget the lights that the company that makes your rechargeable drill sells. MY experience with these has been less than overwhelming...

And one other thing, I think stainless screwdrivers, wrenches, and bits on stainless fasteners is a good thing. Non stainless drivers flake and can actually cause rust spots on stainless fasteners.
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Re: Talking about Tools.

Okay, okay, okay! WD-40 is useless on a boat.
Got it!






Except..... Well, the MFR recommends a fresh water rinse for our electric outboard before putting her to bed of an eve. Sometimes. coming home late from the pub in the dinghy, slightly tipsy, its SO VERY convenient to just elevate the prop out of the water and give things a quick blast of WD-40. You know, water displacement for anti-corrosion then quick no-residue evaporation, and all that.

Environmentalists may chime away in 3... 2... 1....
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How often are you using shrink tubing when you solder LED's to resistors? That was the scope of the OP's post, which sounds more like electrical, while what you're referring too sounds more like electronics.

Yes, I absolutely crimp Coax.

Yes, I can solder, however, I simply haven't needed to on a boat. If you're building or repairing electronics, then great. Most people are simply replacing them.
If you're near a port with a Ship's Chandlers with a multitude of stuff, then great. Most people who cruise to remote destinations usually try to fix stuff.

You know.... Use it up / wear it out / make it do / or do without.
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Really? Why? Just curious, but do you change your battery cables/terminals/connections so often that the cost of the tool offsets the price of having a battery shop do the job? Many other boaters asking for a bit of help installing new wiring or re-doing a prior job?
Really and trully! I would have not imagined it either, but there you are! I had to buy one for a very specific job, and since then, I found many different and rather unique uses for it, including, in extremis, looping and crimping a critical piece of stiff old rope impossible to splice! Mine is a chinese monster, heavy, and a pain to stow, but it has reserved space in a locker. Never used it anywhere else but on the boat.

Talking about splicing, I don't know if anyone else mentioned it, but a set of splicing fids (or needle), plus a sail repair kit come very handy in the toolbox. Same with a gear puller. Try removing the gearbox, or the prop, without one. Ufff!!
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Small molybdenum magnet. Mine is about 1/2" diameter, 1/2" tall, but there are lots around, find in hobby shops. Amazingly strong, you have to be careful not to pinch skin with them if near other metal objects. I use for fishing messenger lines through boom or mast. For example: I recently pulled a reef line through the boom when the stopper knot unknowingly came undone. What a PITA!!! In the past, I've used a fish tape. Instead, just tie some sail twine to a plain steel nut (not stainless steel). Insert into one end of the boom, and pull along from the outside with the little magnet till it gets to the other end, then use the twine as a messenger to fish the reefing line. Works a treat!!! Took about a minute!



Just be sure not to store anywhere near a compass!!!


These magnets are actually neodymium magnets. In Australia they are available at Jaycar. I’ve used them for years. They are incredibly strong. I developed this technique some years ago when adding backing plates to my mast hardware. See my article on the subject

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Re: Talking about Tools.

The most used tools on our boat are:
-Volt/Ohm meter with alligator extension cords
-Massive supply of crimp on connectors and tool
-Butane soldering/hot knife tool
-Right Angle grinder with a variety of discs (sander, cut-off, polisher, etc).
-Random orbit attachment for above grinder
-Screw driver with changeable tips
-Nut driver with socket sized for hose clamps
-Rechargeable drill which accepts 3/8" bits.
-Dremal tool with variety of bits and tools, including metal cutting.
-Matt knife
-Micrometer
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If I had a boat and I was cruising, I'd definitely have a Clamptite and stainless wire in my toolbox along with a lot of the previous mentioned tools.
https://clamptitetools.com/
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