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Old 04 February 2012, 06:06   #1
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What's in your toolbox?

I've just been doing a pre-season check of the stuff I carry in the toolbox on the rib, and was wondering if there's either too much kit in there, or whether ther'es anything missing.
To be honest if anything serious goes wrong with the engine all the tools in the world wouldn't help me!

The contents of my tool box are:
Spare keys
Additional spare kill cord
Cable ties
Head torch
Fuses
Chinagraph pencil
Allen keys
Whipping twine
Lighter
lengths of light halliard cord
Spare battery isolator key
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assorted shackles & shackle Key
Length of wire
Mole grip
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Self adhesive velcro
Tool kit that came with the engine
The box is pretty full - too much / anything missing?
This is the box I carry on / off the boat every trip.
A roll of gaffer tape lives on board as standard as do bungees

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Old 04 February 2012, 06:17   #2
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As you run an RC/Suzuki, a massive toolbox is essential. It may also be wise to add a spare hatch and a couple of tubes of Sikaflex to that list.
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anything missing?


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A couple of off cuts of small bore pipe or tube so that any fuel hoses that split can be pushed inside and sleeved .

perhaps an old 35 mm film container with some waterproof grease

A few assorted size plate washers with nuts & bolts ...ok for emergency patching of tubes.
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Old 04 February 2012, 11:38   #5
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As you run an RC/Suzuki, a massive toolbox is essential. It may also be wise to add a spare hatch and a couple of tubes of Sikaflex to that list.

Now, now, Mollersa, Sikasflex & gaffer tape are carried as standard but don't fit in the toolbox!

- Just remembered, they fit in the "never been needed" category

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In addition: A roll of silicone self=amalgamating tape (sold as hose repair tape in hardware stores, or rigging tape in chandlers), a set of fairly large groove joint pliers, a spare water separator canister, a prop nut kit, spare prop, tube glue, patches, and a roller rasp, spare nav light bulbs (my lights are still incandescent), a knife (a multi-tool can be handy if you get one that doesn't rust up solid - I like the Gerbers), a small can of WD-40, and a few cyalume light sticks. Can't think of anything else I've got that you don't.

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Corkscrew, maybe. Any number of regular tools will pop a cap off a bottle.
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I've just two things - Duct Tape and WD40

If it moves and it shouldn't apply Duct Tape
If it doesn't move and it should apply WD40

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Beware the danger of a boat sinking under the weight of all the safety gear on board.
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Beware the danger of a boat sinking under the weight of all the safety gear on board.
Safer just to tow a another Ribcraft for spares.
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most of the stuff i carry in my tool kit is on the sib sections forum ,,what kit do you carry, that was posted last year ,
ok it only a sib but
engine wise as well as plugs and the correct feeler gauge blade , a spare impeller and a spare gasket for the thermostat cover ( suppose instant gasket or a cornflake box would do ) , and a spare prop nut ,
not for repairing at sea as much as saving the day if something goes and theres not one at hand perhaps or if going to a remote place ,,
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Have you had occassion to change one at sea?
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shovel.
Yes, but your boat is more, erm, amphibious than most

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Have you had occassion to change one at sea?
I carry one too, but more so in case I need one in some distant port without a Suzzy dealer to hand. Almost had occasion once to use it, but it would be a last resort trying to remove the leg without proper tools and facilities to hand.
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if you got spare parts, if you got room carry them...they no use in the house or workshop...

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Old 17 February 2012, 04:17   #19
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I would suggest the best thing is to go round the boat & engine checking all fastener heads. List them. You may be surprised how little variety you have. It wt's pointless carrying half a ton of spanners when most of them are utterly useless. Then re- assess the list using the "can I realistically perform this repair at sea / in a random sheltered location?". Then prune.

I also carry a few random wires with pre - crimped connectors. 99% of my electrical connections in the engine are eyes, in the console are bullets. SoI have a selection of "plug'n'play" leads to bypass most potential faults. Also got a short battery cable jumper to get past a broken / lost key battery switch, with the nuts off the old one riding piggyback on the connectors so they don't get lost.
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Old 17 February 2012, 06:21   #20
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I take the following out on the boat.

1 adjustable spanner
1 small socket set with screwdrivers.
1 small scrwedriver flat blade for electrical stuff
insulating tape
plugs and small plug spanner.
wd40--- essenmtial
cable ties - various
plastic pipes- 4mm 6mm for oil system.
thats it.

also have my big tool kit in the boot of the car as well as a small trolley jack as the cars jack is crap for the trailer.
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