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Old 11 March 2014, 03:48   #1
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'On-the-water' tool kit and spares

Ok, having been a WAFI in a previous life and been able to enjoy the luxury of plenty of storage space, I carried a full tool kit to cover (al)most every eventuality. I also carried a copious amount of spares and consumables; impellors, filters, fuses, etc.

Storage on a 5.4 Searider will obviously be at a premium so was wondering what you experienced nobburs carry in your on-board tool/spares kit?

Off the top of my head I'm thinking:

2 stroke oil
spark plug
fuses
bulbs
adjustable spanner
mole grips
small selection of screwdrivers
diver's knife


What am I missing?
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Old 11 March 2014, 04:01   #2
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Quack Quack Tape , i.e 'Duck Tape' a first rate tool box must have.
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Old 11 March 2014, 04:21   #3
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I'm in the process of putting a tool kit together for my rib too. I'm trying to keep it as basic as possible.

I have pretty much what you have but with a couple of extra little bits, a Barton Clamshell Seal, self amalgamating tape,a wee selection of cable ties and a mini tin of WD40.
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Old 11 March 2014, 04:45   #4
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As list above - but WRT spanners have a go "offline" in the relative tranquility of your garage / marina berth to see if your adjustable spanner will reach everywhere you need it to go......

I also carry a couple of coils of wire buit will add to the list a couple of choc block "bricks", a handful of assorted tie wraps, a couple of suitable hose clamps (to fit fuel line & telltale hoses), a small tube of sealant and a couple of lengths of thin string (Nylon plait type - 2 & 4mm).
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Take a good look at your own boat, there will be things on each boat that may not be on anybody else's, bits of wire string, tape, hand wipes are important, it also depends on your intended cruising range
I've got fuel filters, bent spanners, fan belts, shackles , spare radio, spare anchor, the list goes on.
What I've done is split different kit for different cruising, I have a box with more rope and spare anchor when I do longer range stuff, I have a specific socket set for the boat with spanners in it as well, then I have a plastic box with a sealed lid with all the crap bits that will get you home, tip here, get an emulsion tub with the sealed lid, even with all your bits in it will still float and you have a spare bucket as well.
If you've got a really small boat a lot of above will be shyte to you, get a waterproof grab bag a bung it all in there, but wrap you're spanners up as they will puncture the bag, best bit of advice.
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Off the top of my head I'm thinking:

2 stroke oil
spark plug
fuses
bulbs
adjustable spanner
mole grips
small selection of screwdrivers
diver's knife


What am I missing?
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Quack Quack Tape , i.e 'Duck Tape' a first rate tool box must have.
All the above, plus cable ties,a cheap double ended spanner set, clamseal ,prop nut and wrench and a spare prop bush.

Realistically there's not a lot you can do in a small rib while afloat unless you're in a marina.
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In reality there is only so many things that can be repaired when on the water. I believe that there is no point in storing some spanners if there is no corresponding nut on the boat.
You will need a prop spanner of some sort
Two spanners to tighten bolts that hold the engine to the transom
a small 1/4 socket and driver ( this is very small)
cable ties
self amlagation tape
wire
fuses I like the idea of the clam shell seal but then you required to carry a pump of some sort
Couple of nuts and bolt and insulation tape
jubliee clips and some spare fuel hose end connectors
Fuel filter
Screwdriver and long nose pincher
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... And drop a vapour corrosion inhibitor block in your toolbox to stop it all going manky
Like http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/380633655012
Presume you are using an old flare box or something similarly sealed. if using a canvas bag then put tools in large tesco re sealable food ziplock bag inside your grab bag and throw in your VCI block, or you can buy strips of impregnated paper for smaller bags
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... And drop a vapour corrosion inhibitor block in your toolbox to stop it all going manky
Like http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/380633655012
Presume you are using an old flare box or something similarly sealed. if using a canvas bag then put tools in large tesco re sealable food ziplock bag inside your grab bag and throw in your VCI block, or you can buy strips of impregnated paper for smaller bags
Great tip thanks Steve. Never heard of or considered these before
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Lots of great advice there from the posse with some obvious stuff I'd overlooked, cable ties etc doh , and a bunch of stuff I hadn't even considered.

As stated, much of it depends on the size of the boat and the type of voyage being undertaken but plenty of food for thought.

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