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    Ok, last weekend I installed new plugs, fuel filters, and adjusted the timing. After completing these tasks and gathering up all the miscellaneous tools I dragged into the boat to do this, I wondered what I should always have on the boat. What are your top 5 tools (tools sets) that you keep with you just in case............:livid:

    #2
    1 of everything........need to pull a floating trailer with a tool chest behind you...:kidding:

    in all actuality...it depends on what your comfortable with....I carry box wrenches...sockets...pliers and cutters....a few screwdrivers of different types and sizes...tape/electrical/masking....and a few other things that might make my life easier....they are all in a harbor freight tool box that works well with one tray....the main thing is to be able to replace a belt or plug of tighten something that loosens up on you....

    :arr arr

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      #3
      nit_lion wrote:
      ........ What are your top 5 tools (tools sets) that you keep with you just in case............
      That's a very fair question.

      With the Volvo Penta; 1) Tequilla, 2) Margarita Mix, 3) Ice, 4) Salt, and 5) the right size drinking glass!

      I'd better duck after that one!
      Rick E. Gresham, Oregon
      2850 Bounty Sedan Flybridge model
      Twin 280 HP 5.7's w/ Closed Cooling
      Volvo Penta DuoProp Drives
      Kohler 4 CZ Gen Set

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        #4
        Floating Prop Wrench.

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          #5
          B.f.h.
          ..........

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            #6
            Rickster wrote:
            Floating Prop Wrench.
            ......and an extra prop?

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              #7
              2850Bounty wrote:
              That's a very fair question.

              With the Volvo Penta; 1) Tequilla, 2) Margarita Mix, 3) Ice, 4) Salt, and 5) the right size drinking glass!

              I'd better duck after that one!
              Is that so you can drink while you're waiting for the towboat?

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                #8
                Visa card, cellphone and sufficient liquids for the wait..... Oh, and phone number of towing club plus BoatUS. Depending on liquid supply mix a 17mm wrench, great to open beer bottles.

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                  #9
                  Decent grade short handled crescent wrench

                  Small hammer

                  Number 2 phillips and flat blade screw drivers

                  Cheap pair of short nosed vise grip pliers

                  Electric tape, duck tape

                  Knife

                  Few feet of wire

                  Keep the vodka / tequila handy for when you slip with the cursed crescent wrench and bust your knuckles.:sorrow:

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                    #10
                    green650 wrote:
                    2850Bounty wrote:
                    That's a very fair question.

                    With the Volvo Penta; 1) Tequilla, 2) Margarita Mix, 3) Ice, 4) Salt, and 5) the right size drinking glass!

                    I'd better duck after that one!
                    Is that so you can drink while you're waiting for the towboat?
                    Yes, the Margarita mix'ns are for while I'm waiting to be towed in! :kidding

                    I was wondering when I'd get nailed for that comment!

                    On a more serious note, just make sure that you have tools on board that will allow you to R&R any item that you also carry as a spare.

                    It will do little good to carry a Zoomfroid wrench, if you don't have a spare Zoomfroid on board.

                    Conversely, be sure to carry a Blivett wrench, if you carry a spare Blivett on board.

                    Long as we're on topic, and at the risk of being unpopular...... I often hear people say; "throw the old one on board for a spare!" What??? Old parts for spares?????

                    I don't get that!

                    If anything, I want new spare parts becuase I removed the old part for good reason!

                    .
                    Rick E. Gresham, Oregon
                    2850 Bounty Sedan Flybridge model
                    Twin 280 HP 5.7's w/ Closed Cooling
                    Volvo Penta DuoProp Drives
                    Kohler 4 CZ Gen Set

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                      #11
                      Looks like I am going to need a bigger cooler.....I mean tool box.:beer-

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                        #12
                        I keep a cheap Harbor Freight tool set on board with a reasonable complement of sockets, combo wrenches, and the like. Additionally I have one of the Craftsman auto-load multi-bit drivers (http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00947380000P), a stubby adjustable, vice grips, and a BFW (Big F***ing) Wrench, again from HF). The HF junk is for unexpected issues, if I am planning a project I pack up my Craftsman and other quality tools to take with me.

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                          #13
                          I recently added a winch handle for my windlass just in case...

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                            #14
                            2850Bounty wrote:
                            Yes, the Margarita mix'ns are for while I'm waiting to be towed in! :kidding

                            I was wondering when I'd get nailed for that comment!

                            On a more serious note, just make sure that you have tools on board that will allow you to R&R any item that you also carry as a spare.

                            It will do little good to carry a Zoomfroid wrench, if you don't have a spare Zoomfroid on board.

                            Conversely, be sure to carry a Blivett wrench, if you carry a spare Blivett on board.

                            Long as we're on topic, and at the risk of being unpopular...... I often hear people say; "throw the old one on board for a spare!" What??? Old parts for spares?????

                            I don't get that!

                            If anything, I want new spare parts becuase I removed the old part for good reason!

                            .
                            I agree with new parts, though I differ with the raw water pump impeller. Thus far I replace it every two years and the old one replaces the other old one that's in the boat as a spare. I like to purchase new new with rubber products. This years replacement had a date of manufacture on it - I think it was 03/2012 - nice. I guess this same philosophy holds for flares. There's always only two sets. The set that has the correct dates and the previous model. The old old get tossed.

                            The Margarita mix and Zoomfroid recommendations are great guides.
                            1999 Ciera 2655 5.7L BIII "Brenda Lou"
                            1996 Skeeter 1850DV 175 Mariner 9.9 Mariner. sold, sold, sold
                            1975 Lund 14' 25 HP Mercury. sold, sold, sold
                            2008 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 6.7L Turbo diesel Quad Cab
                            Green Bay, WI on the Fox River
                            South Bay Marina

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                              #15
                              I recently added a winch handle for my windlass just in case...
                              Heh, me too, thanks to Rick.

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