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Old 20-08-2017, 11:08   #31
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Yes, indeed - I suppose you know you're addicted to sailing, when you are at home and the tool you need - is on the boat....


Isn't that the way it's supposed to be?
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Old 20-08-2017, 11:56   #32
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I have mine in 3 separate pelican 1400 cases. Depending on frequency of use. BTW -- I have about 40 of theses cases for sale $35 apiece plus shipping. Lifetime warranty. I love these things
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I keep a lot of tools onboard, in a Craftsman 6 drawer toolbox with drawers that latch closed so they do not open when the boat rolls.
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Everyday tools are in a small size riggers bag. I go by weight...when it gets beyond a certain weight I know it's time to cull it's contents. Refinishing (scrapers, sanding blocks, chip brushes, razors, etc) are also in a small riggers bag. Sandpaper I keep in a plastic accordion letter file. SUPER convenient as it's all sorted by grit and type, won't scratch anything, and is very compact.

"Second line" tools go in a larger riggers bag. All the stuff I use less than frequently but more than infrequently.

Electrical tools are in a small zippered tool bag from home depot, largely because it's just the right size. Although I'm sure the zipper will rust soon...

I have a dedicated small set of tools in the engine compartment for frequent tasks, in a tool roll flat against a bulkhead with velcro to hold the flap down. Last place I want tools flying around. I do this so I'm not hunting through my bag of sockets or box wrenches but also because getting into my engine compartment, which is a form of boat limbo, and then finding I forgot something, is really annoying.

Electric tools are in dry bags.

Screws, bolts, nuts, washers, small plumbing bits, electrical connectors etc are in Plano boxes in a custom made to fit box, front side up with labels so I can just pull out the one I need.

The only thing I use bins for are adhesives, rigging tools and line and cord, and bigger plumbing parts like rebuild kits for pumps. I hate bins because they take up so much space and are unwieldy to access and grab what you need.
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Old 20-08-2017, 17:26   #35
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Re: How do you store your tools on the boat?

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When not sailing from a marina and living aboard full-time, we have devoted half of our quarter berth(34-foot boat) to tool storage. I keep my power tools/large hand tools/saws, small vise, etc. in a large plastic/rubber container with a sealable lid. I have a plastic see-through hardware box, a rigging box, an engine and electrical parts box, a hose compartment, plumbing parts, and really just about anything I need to fix my boat. I have had only two mechanical breakdowns in over 18K miles--both of which I fixed on board although I had to order parts from the States. I keep the heavy stuff on the centerline of the boat and the lighter stuff close to the starboard hull. The more "useful" tools you can carry . . . the better. However, it should be stated that I am very detail oriented and my boat is always mechanically sound before heaving the lines-- a practice many "cruisers" we have encountered over the years seem to neglect. Good luck and safe sailing.
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Old 20-08-2017, 20:15   #36
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Aha! A kindred spirit. I call ours the "toxic waste dump!"
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I have about half of the carrying capacity of my boat allocated for tools. It is a smorgasbord of metric and imperial, old and new, 110 and 12V as well as a collection of spares and old samples. I have been dreaming about building or somewhat retrofitting one of those tool chests that you see mechanics use in garages where weight and space are of little concern but practicality gets in my way.

For the time being I have things categorized as:
- daily tools (favorite drivers, allen wrenches etc) - in soft bag
- going aloft bag (rigging tools) - in soft bag
- other heavy tools (things for the engine, sockets, wrenches, etc..) - in tool bag
- epoxy tools and materials (resin, hardner, tape, mat, filler, syringes, etc) - in a plastic tub
- electrical tools and materials (connector, crimp, multimeter, solder, cable, fuse etc) - soft bag
- painting tools and materials (brush, paint) - soft bag
- adhesives (all tapes and sealents go here) - soft bag
- adrasives (sand paper, wire brushes) - soft bag
- machine screws (by the hundreds) - clear compartment box
- screws (thing that go into wood) - same size compartment box as above
- splicing, sail and canvas repair (needles, thread, zipper, straps etc) - soft bag
- plumbing (hose clamps by the hundreds, valves, connectors, hoses, etc) - clear heavyduty ziplock bag

I store these in cabinets and under settees withthe daily bag being the easiest accessible.

I would live to hear and see how you guys go about storing and organizing.
I use what are called 'bungee boxes'. There are a clear plastic storage box of varying size, with the lid secured on four corners (or two for the smaller ones) by a bungee, or elastic cord.

For spare parts, they are located under the sole next to where they are needed - engine spares next to engine, water pump spares next to pressure system, desal spares next to desal etc. Saves a lot of cataloging.

For other things, they live in the lazarettes. A box for masking tape, measuring cups, sand paper etc. A box for brushes etc, a box for cans of varnish, teak sealer etc.

For tools, most are in one multi-compartment plastic tool case (the type that opens up to reveal shelves etc), then other tools such as cordless polisher etc all go into canvas tool bags, and the cordless drill, multi-tool, jigsaw all go in their respective cases that they came with.

Next project is shelving to gain more vertical storage. Organised as best as possible, makes life easier.

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Old 29-08-2017, 03:00   #38
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I use several cheap 5 and 3 gal plastic buckets, with aftermarket waterproof Gamma Seal Lids(approx. $10 each). I also added several desiccant packs to each bucket for rust free storage.
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those ammo boxes look the business, that would be ideal, unfortunately, in the UK I would struggle to get ammo boxes, and If I imported them, the authorities might invest some time and manpower in finding out what I was doing with them.

Boatloads of similar boxes exist, but with more benign names. This one is called a "dry storage box":

Plano¬ģ Small Dry Storage Box : Cabela's

Probably similar stuff available to you...

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No bags. Except one in cockpit
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those ammo boxes look the business, that would be ideal, unfortunately, in the UK I would struggle to get ammo boxes, and If I imported them, the authorities might invest some time and manpower in finding out what I was doing with them.
You can order them from amazon.co.uk. I have a bunch of them and they are great for storing tools and parts. Unfortunately they cost 2x or 3x what you would pay for them in the States, but that's life in Blighty

They're made by Plano, so the same as used by the cousins across the water. You can buy cheaper versions without the gaskets, if you don't care about their being waterproof.
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Re: How do you store your tools on the boat?

"How do you store your tools on the boat?"

Not to be a smart ass, but I store them in a plastic (won't dent or rust) tool box.

Socket organizers and such take up a lot of room so I organize tools and keep them in zip lock plastic bags in the tool box. They get a shot of aerosol tool protector from time to time.
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