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  • Guest
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    Eyeman wrote:
    apexarol1, the only MUST have is a BoatUS membership card. I've never used a part on the water. Do the maintenance BEFORE going out and belts, hoses, filters, spark plugs, impellers, oils, grease, etc.... will not be necessary.

    Basic tools only; screwdrivers, channel locks, needle nose, vise grip, socket set, flashlight, electrical tape, 1/4" - 15/16" box end wrenches and you should be good to go. Those all in one kits and a few supplements are all you should need. Oh ya, I forgot a lighter or matches - so you can smoke a cigar while you wait for a tow.

    The only time I was towed was due to a fuel vapor lock issue that could not have been fixed on the water.
    ah, cigars... an absolute must have!!! Ive been on search for true cubans, no luck so far. Now w a boat im thinkin of takin a month off and heading to cuba, wanna go? :kidding ... or am i? haha

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    Scary wrote:
    Nothing pumps faster faster than a scared seaman with a bucket. Lots of other handy uses as well. it's a great way to store spare anchor rode. Works good as a fire extinguisher for some fires as well.
    that is great hahha

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  • Eyeman
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    billsguns wrote:
    I cant believe that no one has said anything about a good flashlight
    It's on my list!!!

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  • Guest
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    billsguns wrote:
    I cant believe that no one has said anything about a good flashlight
    Toolbox is too small... I actually have a cheap little free one I grew in, but my flashlights/spotlights are not in the toolbox and I use them a lot more frequently.

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    RinnyBeth wrote:
    We have an orange 5 gallon bucket with a lid from Home Depot.. we keep tons of things in it and one for emergency stuff we take with us on the Zodiac when we venture off to an island.. its seconds as a seat when the Capt steers the Zodiac.. keeps everything dry and being in a bucket, stows away nicely and nothing falls out.. fits under the master berth bed, or a corner in the engine room.
    Nothing pumps faster faster than a scared seaman with a bucket. Lots of other handy uses as well. it's a great way to store spare anchor rode. Works good as a fire extinguisher for some fires as well.

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  • Guest
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    I cant believe that no one has said anything about a good flashlight

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  • Eyeman
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    apexarol1, the only MUST have is a BoatUS membership card. I've never used a part on the water. Do the maintenance BEFORE going out and belts, hoses, filters, spark plugs, impellers, oils, grease, etc.... will not be necessary.

    Basic tools only; screwdrivers, channel locks, needle nose, vise grip, socket set, flashlight, electrical tape, 1/4" - 15/16" box end wrenches and you should be good to go. Those all in one kits and a few supplements are all you should need. Oh ya, I forgot a lighter or matches - so you can smoke a cigar while you wait for a tow.

    The only time I was towed was due to a fuel vapor lock issue that could not have been fixed on the water.

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  • Guest
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    This is an excellent thread! I always wonder if I have the right stuff, and I usually find out that I do not when i actually need it.

    I am going to add some tools to my kit after reading this.

    I see that no one mentioned a full cooler, plenty of anchor line, a functioning VHF, cell phone and a comfortable pillow. Remember, if it isnt an emergency - don't sweat it

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  • JimMc
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    ishiboo wrote:
    Couple things I don't boat without which I didn't see, sorry if I missed it:
    • 5/16" nut driver. So much easier to work with hose clamps than a slotted screwdriver it's not even funny.



    I second the nut driver for clamps. It's sooo much easier and faster than a screwdriver.

    I keep all my tools organized in canvas zippered bags I bought at Lowes. The bags all go into a large soft side tool bag aka Riggers bag.

    I keep a DVM on board as well. I made a REALLY long negative wire with a clamp so I can always use my negative buss as a reference point.

    A full set of fuses, lamps, wire terminals of all size & clamps. Several rolls of various size wire.

    Assortment of nuts, bolts and screws.

    Impeller and pump kits. Spare fuel filters. Filter wrench.

    Corded and Cordless soldering irons.

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  • Guest
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    Couple things I don't boat without which I didn't see, sorry if I missed it:
    • 5/16" nut driver. So much easier to work with hose clamps than a slotted screwdriver it's not even funny.

      I have a cheap HF on the boat, I think I'll be replacing it with one of my Klein 11-in-1 drivers from home. I also have a MasterMind at home, it's great for nuts in hard to reach areas... I use it for winterization.
    • Rescue tape... the silicon self-fusing kind. I keep two rolls, use it on the lines every once and a while.
    • Large water pump pliers, can be used for lots of things but specifically the nuts on the thru-hulls and cockpit drains.
    • Huge fuse assortment for everything... ATC and AMI for the SafetyHub. All of the critical systems are on the boat's original factory circuit breakers.
    • DVM. The $3 Harbor Freight version is fine, I have an inexpensive quality model on board though.
    • As many have mentioned, 1/4" quick connect terminals, butt connectors and crimpers, as well as a wire stripper.
    • Also mentioned but a favorite, all of my boxes in everything have wire ties... one of the greatest inventions IMO



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  • Guest
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    I was thinking the same thing Wayne! Found a good recommendation was the Peak brand booster... from another post here

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  • Guest
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    Wow! What a list from everyone. Looks like I need to go shopping. Problem is if I had half that stuff I wouldn't yet know what to do with it.

    Aaron one thing I have learned is to bring a jump kit in case you need to jump start a dead battery

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  • Guest
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    apexaro1 wrote:
    Looking to fill up a toolbag for the boat... aside from a flare gun, any must have tools for a river repair?
    My experience is that rivers are self-healing, no tools required.

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  • Guest
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    Don't forget to practice wrenching on your boat; i.e. doing the tune ups and maintenance your-self. It doesn't do much good to have all the tools and spare parts and not know how to use them.

    For example, if you've never replaced the prop, the time to learn is not in 60' of water in the dark!

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  • TenMile
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    I picked up an inexpensive 150pc toolkit at Costco that has a large assortment of imperial and metric sockets, screwdrivers, hex keys, hammer, tape measure. It folds and lays flat and can be stored out of the way. It's cheap "stainless steel" so does corrode but I find that coating it with WD40 keeps the salt off. I use it very very frequently and it's been a great purchase.

    Add to that a box of fuses, stainless bolts/screws, spare wiring, cheap digital multimeter rounds out my boat tools.

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