I shudder to think how many tools I carry but here's a hint. I carry five large plastic tool boxes. If you are buying
tool boxes make sure that water
can't enter through holes in the top where the handles attach. A tool tray with a rusty puddle and a handful of rusty tools is an ugly and expensive thing. My five boxes are: 1. Small tools, this box weighs more than 50 lbs. Inventory is too long to list, 2. Heavy tools, this is where the big hammers and wrenches go, it is also around 50 lbs, 3. Electrical
box, all kinds of electrical gear
, wire, bulbs, etc., multimeter and probes, racheting crimper, oodles of crimp connectors, tape etc. 4. Bosun's box, thimbles, shackles, spare blocks, fids, palm and needles, thread and whipping twine etc. 5. Engine
box, everything necessary for a complete tear down and rebuild
on my Perkins
4-108 including inch-lb and foot-lb torque wrenches, ridge reamer, piston ring compressor
, etc., also spares for fuel
filters, impellers etc.
I carry my crash kit in the shallow cockpit
locker where I can get at it if the mast
goes. I carry a large bolt cutter
, a large wire cutter (it will cut 3/8" wire if I sit on it) and I have just bought a cordless grinder with a metal cutting blade which cuts through 3/8" wire (and 3/8" chain) like butter. Also a large hatchet with a fiberglass
handle and a thing called a "radiator hose tool" which is like a scratch awl with the point turned 90 degrees. This thing will pull a cotter pin in a jiffy. Also a set of punches for the turnbuckle pins when there's time.
For work up the mast
I carry two Jumars (rope climbing clamps) and a grigri for climbing and descending the mast. I have a dedicated 3/8" (9.4mm) StaSet climbing line so that the Jumars don't damage the halyard
. I use my bosun's chair and my safety
harness when climbing and a separate figure 8 descender on another halyard
just in case.
I also have a canvas
bag with the tools I use most often. Screwdrivers, pliers, vise grips, wire cutter etc. I have packages of nylon wire ties in several boxes and I almost always use black ones as sunlight will destroy the clear ones in a couple of months.
I endorse the suggestions for knee pads and headlamps. My favorite stuff is two sided velcro tape in 1" and 2" sizes which I use for tying up everything that needs tying. For those of delicate frame, more boxes weighing less would probably be better.