Here are some lists that I have collected from a number of different threads and from different forums
over the years. You can pick and choose from them according to your skill level and your cruising areas.
- chain wrench
- a good multi tester for elec. issues
-several metric sets of wrenches - the ones I use all the time are the small set with*ratcheting and flexible ends in order to get into tight spots
-a good extensive*metric and American socket set with extensions and a 24"-30" long arm handle for large sockets to tighten eng. mount bolts etc.*where you will need a lot of purchase
-a temperature gun - you aim it at a spot on mechanical gear
and give you the temperature - you will use this while under way to check for hot spots - like the packing gland
, the temp. of oil
going to/coming from your keel
-a prof. oil filter
wrench, not one of the cheap
auto supply ones, but an expensive one that looks more like a large channel lock with real long arms
- a ratcheting screwdriver with multiple bits is very handy
-a full set of screwdrivers and good ones
-a couple of mirrors with handles for finding stuff
-a good magnet with long handle to pick up stuff dropped in the bilge
or under an eng. - ugh
-a good headlamp flashlight to put on your head
so you have light without using your hands
-a rubber mallet for beating the commercial
grade Velcro tape that holds your headliners up - you literally have to*hit it hard with the rubber mallet for it to reattach itself
-a hard plastic headed hammer for tapping check valves that have hung up - all you drains will have them and from time to time the CV hang up and you will need to tap them to get them flowing again - a small regular hammer will work but the plastic headed one is lighter and easier on the CV bodies
-an electrician's parts
bag with multiple pockets for keeping screws/bolts/washers/etc. in separate compartments - a plastic bin assembly could work for this to.*
-a light work pouch for hauling tools around the boat with you - I actually use the bag for a Crown Royal bottle part of the time but once in awhile a good bag with multiple pockets for tools is great.
I actually have a few hand tools in the bridge (I can quickly grab a tool while at sea, working in the bridge or out on the foredeck), a few down by the accommodations area and then a full set in the eng. room; oh, and a small set on the tender
work if necessary.* This keeps me from running up and down stairs as much whenever I need a basic tool.
I was lucky as the original owner left me almost a complete set of Craftsman tools in a Craftsman metal tool box permanently attached to a bench in my eng. room.* Craftsman tools are excellent but expensive, but have a life-time warranty with them.* Any good tool will work.* I would caution* you to stay away from the cheap
, usually China-made tools as they tend to fall apart just when you really need them to perform.
One thing that should be added is the "grabber" tool that allows pick up from hard to reach places.
For anyone not familiar it is about 2 1/2 ft long flexable bowden cable with 4 claws that extend when the head is depressed, release and the item is grabbed strongly and allows for carefull withdrawl of the lost
Having simple sets in many ares saves a lot of time as mentioned.
Ratcheting terminal crimper
Continuity tester which places a tone on a wire that can be heard by the other part of the kit.
Various wire cutters to include flush cutters
Heat gun for shrinking adhesive
tubing and terminal connectors. Can also be
used to soften hose to get it on and off barbed and smooth pipe connections
Fabric-backed sandpaper to clean corroded items.
Contact cleaner spray with silicone to remove oxidation and protect against
SS wire staples and stapler
ties for exterior use (UV resistant)
Various types of electrical tape including that which only sticks to itself (self amalgamating).
Other useful items:
SAE and Metric nut driver sets
Hacksaw with bi-metal blades
Cobalt, 135 degree point drill bit set for SS and other hard metals.
Set of files
Set of small diamond hones
- stainless steel
, brass, and artificial bristles
Stubby versions of wrenches and ratchet handles
4lb. short-handled sledge hammer - don't laugh, there will be a time when you may need it.
Set of cold chisels
Strap wrenches with rubber, non-marring straps
Vise-Grips - every model they make.
Huge pair of channel-lock pliers for hose removal
AWAB SS hose clamps - ONLY! Except for "T" clamps.
Ratcheting hose and PVC cutter
Riveting tools - Marson brand with SS and aluminum
Auto center punch
glues to include putty sticks and underwater glue
Dremel drill with cutting wheel
Bedding compound to install any new fittings
Impact wrenches both battery
and 110V powered
Various knives to include a box of replaceable blades
Extension bar for leverage on wrenches
I may have missed these in previous lists: but here goes:
Swiss army knife--Huntsman--seems to have the most common "little" tools you need everyday for those minor tasks. Corded 1/4 and 1/2 inch drill with 6 X 25 feet of 10 gage cord with locking plugs. "Sawz All", corded, with at least 6 of each type of blade. Face shield and safety
goggles. Ear muffs and ear plugs. Adjustable height work lights and extra bulbs. Electric
welder and skill to use. "MAP" gas torch and 6 small bottles of MAP gas. Gloves--pig skin--they don't get "hard" after being wet. MD type exam gloves. Work type gloves. Chemical "proof" gloves. Hard Hat. 1/2 face respirator with appropriate cartridges and get the lung function test to help ensure you can wear and use it. 2, 3 and 4 inch schedule 40 pipe in 2, 3 and 4 foot lenghts for use as "cheater bars", get them so the pipe ID fits the handles of the wrenches/tools use will use and so the pipes fit inside one another for extensions when you really need to "lean" on a fastener. Locking tool chest(s) with holders for the sockets/wrenches/etc--helps to keep things organized. People sometimes don't consider manuals
as tools but...they are. Paper and pencils and pencil sharpener. Clip boards. White board with marker, eraser and cleaner. Glass cutter
. Suction cups--various sizes with and without "levers" and handles. Measuring devices--metal and wood. Levels, roofing square, T-square, carpenters square, metal scribing tool. Saber and Skill saw--corded and cordlesss. Metal, plastic and wood blades. Hand saws--"shorty" and "regular lenghth." Plastic pipe and hose cutting tools. Reamers. Tap and die set. "Fishing snake."
Sharpening stones or hand held or electic sharpeners. Saw tooth set device. Hack saw--metal and plastic with blades. Will probably come up with more