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Old 29 March 2006, 18:12   #1
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Spairs on the high sea !

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Am planning a coastal cruise in a months time. I have a Mariner/merc 50HP 2 stroke, that has just had a major service. What spairs / tools would you advise to take along ?

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Old 29 March 2006, 18:29   #2
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Set of spark plugs (and obviously a plug spanner) is essential.

+ tools to do whatever else your capable of fixing yourself from within the boat whilst at sea.

If your mechanically minded this could be a lot - if not it could be nothing else.



I used to carry a spare prop and one of those floating prop wrenches - until one day i decided to asses how easy it would be to change the prop at sea - and when i tried to reach the bloody thing from the boat - there was no way i would have even got the cotter pin out !!!
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Old 30 March 2006, 03:10   #3
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Without wishing to state.........

.......the obvious, as well as giving thought to the previous posts, I'd pay just as much attention, if not more, to safety equipment. VHF, Charts, Flares....etc etc. If you do a few searches on equipment to be carried on a rib, you'll find a great many useful posts detailing the same.

Anyway, where are you going, how long etc - sounds interesting.
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Plus a roll of harry black tape & self amalgamating tape, finally some cable ties.

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pair of bloody good pliers to get split pin out or thin blade screwdriver and a hammer!
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Old 30 March 2006, 04:09   #6
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In the tool box

Spare fuses of the correct sizes and a small multimeter/tester , while you may not be able to correct a major electrical problem you may be able to isolate a minor problem and get power back on.
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Most breakdowns are either electrical or fuel related. Examine your system and work out the what iffs...

Fouled spark plug- set of plugs and a spanner.
Blown fuse- couple of spare fuses, tester or meter, torch and a screwdriver.
Broken wire- wire strippers and a screwdriver or pair pliers. Spare wire.
Blocked filter- Screwdriver to remove hose clips, maybe a spare filter.
contaminated fuel- youre a bit buggered there. VHF?
Split hose- screwdriver and knife. Spare hose clips.

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Old 30 March 2006, 10:17   #8
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you all forgot the aux engine?
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you CAN fix contaminated fuel on a merc/mariner 50 while afloat, it only takes a couple of turns of a spanner to loosen and drain float bowls. I wouldn't do it if I could help it though, I'd use the aux to get ashore before trying it.
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We do on board spares kits for all of our engines at work, im sure there is one available for your engine.
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