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    Hi all,

    I like to keep an assortment of screwdrivers, spanners, wrenches, blades, fuses, etc onboard my 2052 cuddy. I currently keep them in a small plastic (mini) tool chest but find its a constant battle keeping moisture at bay and thus keeping the rust off. How does everyone else deal with rust issues with onboard tools?

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    dtwilson wrote:
    Hi all,

    I like to keep an assortment of screwdrivers, spanners, wrenches, blades, fuses, etc onboard my 2052 cuddy. I currently keep them in a small plastic (mini) tool chest but find its a constant battle keeping moisture at bay and thus keeping the rust off. How does everyone else deal with rust issues with onboard tools?
    I think your problem is the plastic bag. Personally I have a rather large selection of tools in a standard tool box which all still look new stored in my cabin. Even have a few tools in another in the bilge which also still look new. I am not in a salt water environment so this may very well be why. You in salt or fresh?
    Cheers, Hans
    2007 Carver 41 CMY
    Twin Volvo D6-370
    Montreal, Canada
    Midnight Sun I Photos

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      #3
      MidnightSun wrote:
      I think your problem is the plastic bag. Personally I have a rather large selection of tools in a standard tool box which all still look new stored in my cabin. Even have a few tools in another in the bilge which also still look new. I am not in a salt water environment so this may very well be why. You in salt or fresh?
      Hmmm, I'm exclusively freshwater use and no plastic bags, however there are a couple of small plastic ziplock pouches containing spare canvas snaps which might be the culprit.

      Thanks

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        #4
        dtwilson wrote:
        Hmmm, I'm exclusively freshwater use and no plastic bags, however there are a couple of small plastic ziplock pouches containing spare canvas snaps which might be the culprit.

        Thanks
        Sorry about that, read your post too quickly and understood you kept tools in small plastic bags in the tool box. You obviously have very high humidity levels on board. I have AC which keeps things in check and my bilge is mostly dry all summer which would definitely help things out.
        Cheers, Hans
        2007 Carver 41 CMY
        Twin Volvo D6-370
        Montreal, Canada
        Midnight Sun I Photos

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          #5
          I just spray my tools with inox [Lanolin spray] and keep them in a tupaware container [hard plastic food storage container with airtight lid]

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            #6
            MidnightSun wrote:
            Sorry about that, read your post too quickly and understood you kept tools in small plastic bags in the tool box. You obviously have very high humidity levels on board. I have AC which keeps things in check and my bilge is mostly dry all summer which would definitely help things out.
            No problem, its easily done

            Yes our Irish climate is generally cold and damp all year round - great for green fields but not so great for boating. I may invest in a 'dry' box as AC isnt really an option on a small cuddy.

            Thanks again

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              #7
              You could also invest in some stainless steel tools... but tuperware or seal-able containers will work. We keep food in those as well and our Pacific NW weather is similar to yours...
              Doug ;}
              MMSI: 338068776
              "Go Aweigh to" Photos < click on red letters... 2001 Bayliner 2452 w/6.2 HO (paid for)


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                #8
                Tupperware... of course!

                I'll see if the Admiral has any going spare.

                Thanks guys.

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                  #9
                  dtwilson wrote:
                  Tupperware... of course!

                  I'll see if the Admiral has any going spare.

                  Thanks guys.
                  Not a good idea, better off going out and buying your own as divorce may result from using hers. :greedy_dollars::greedy_dollars::greedy_dollars:
                  Cheers, Hans
                  2007 Carver 41 CMY
                  Twin Volvo D6-370
                  Montreal, Canada
                  Midnight Sun I Photos

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                    #10
                    WD40 on them... wipe off, I do that 2 times a year to my tools....

                    BUCKANEER

                    :arr

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                      #11
                      Buckaneer wrote:
                      WD40 on them... wipe off, I do that 2 times a year to my tools....

                      BUCKANEER

                      :arr
                      Yep, that's what I do------keep em in a regular plastic tool box--------no problems.

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                        #12
                        R&Jonthebay wrote:
                        Yep, that's what I do------keep em in a regular plastic tool box--------no problems.
                        YES!! Plastic too box is a big +, to keep rust away..

                        BUCKANEER

                        :arr

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