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Old 24 April 2015, 10:15   #1
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I have been taking far too many tools afloat which I never need to use.

Is there a pretty good list of essential tools on here anywhere (or somewhere else)?

I've used the search function and keep feeling I'm in a "I had in my basket" type game as the thread lengthens with "...and this", "...and this"

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Old 24 April 2015, 10:18   #2
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In the SIB section but pretty much the same applies:

What kit do you carry on your SIB?
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Old 24 April 2015, 10:24   #3
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I'm the same....As they say, better to have it and never need it though.
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Old 24 April 2015, 13:23   #4
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I must admit I carry quite a comprehensive tool kit with screws,bolts,crimps,tapes,tie wraps,etc and over the years had cause to use them sooner have them than not pppppp! OMO
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Tbh since swapping to a complex four stroke I carry a reduced tool kit, if it conks out I'm going to struggle to diagnose an issue at sea let alone fix it. That's when the aux comes in to play.

Il carry a spare spin on fuel filter, some fuses, a Barton clam seal and a few other little odds and sods.
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Tbh since swapping to a complex four stroke I carry a reduced tool kit, if it conks out I'm going to struggle to diagnose an issue at sea let alone fix it. That's when the aux comes in to play.

Il carry a spare spin on fuel filter, some fuses, a Barton clam seal and a few other little odds and sods.
+1, It's been said before, there's next to bu66er all you can do with a modern engine of any flavour, especially at sea. Keep it maintained & looked after & carry a good anchor + plenty of warp & chain
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Better off with a good radio and friend on the shore with a radio and a phone even better a boat, than any number of tools......

Spare plug and spanner, combi pliers, patch kit and pump, crimps, tape (self amalg), Spare D shackle, tow rope
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I have been taking far too many tools afloat which I never need to use.

Is there a pretty good list of essential tools on here anywhere (or somewhere else)?

I've used the search function and keep feeling I'm in a "I had in my basket" type game as the thread lengthens with "...and this", "...and this"

Cheers!
Spark plug socket, multi-tool (philips, cross-head and allen key), copper wire brush, spare spark-plugs, clean rag, insulation tape, knife, zip ties, fuses (inline fuse).

I always carry a huge cross-head screwdriver as I have premanitions of the main engine not dropping or raising and having to use the manual release on the power-trim.

Frankly that's about the limit I'd carry. I service my main engine and auxilliary religiously and have fixed and hand-held VHF. Strange things happen at sea, so it's not a criticism if you want to carry more kit, but you'd be hard pressed doing repair work in a rolling sea.
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I always carry a huge cross-head screwdriver as I have premanitions of the main engine not dropping or raising and having to use the manual release on the power-trim.
Good call. Never thought of that scenario.
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I find a Pair of Long nose pliers are handy for removing or relocating hard to access /fiddely electrical Cable connecters or fuel hose clamps .
As well as having a lanyard of some sort for any tool that your likely to drop overboard .
Any tool i take i use it first to see if will actually do the job ,it surprising how something as simple as a starter recoil rope snapping then using that rusty box key or socket find out the bolts too tight & its starting to round the heads off or unable to undo the bolts on the recoil starter to access the emergency starter pully .
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Old 25 April 2015, 02:55   #11
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+1, It's been said before, there's next to bu66er all you can do with a modern engine of any flavour, especially at sea. Keep it maintained & looked after & carry a good anchor + plenty of warp & chain
As Dave Picton told me with my first Optimax. ,,,, if it conks out, remove the cowling, look at the motor , put cowling back on. Get on your phone/vhf and get your wallet out 😊
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As Dave Picton told me with my first Optimax. ,,,, if it conks out, remove the cowling, look at the motor , put cowling back on. Get on your phone/vhf and get your wallet out 😊
That's the one. The most useful things you can carry are to deal with stuff thats not on the motor-fuel filter, jubilee clips, fuel line etc, plus a few odds and sods for insulating/replacing bits of wire.
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Don't forget fuses, just remember that they aren't always the same sort either

Oh and some gaffer tape
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