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Re: What tools do you bring in your sailboats?

Embedded in at least one post is the notion to bring pipe wrenches. I think this deserves highlighting...

If you have a stuffing box then you should have the wrenches to tighten or loosen the gland. Especially if it has been recently re-packed. And checking it's temp should be on your underway checklist (a cheap IR thermometer isn't a bad idea for the tool box but feeling the stuffing box should be practiced - being careful of the rotating shaft).
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Mine being an in water refit with much cosmetic still to be done, I have a extensive pile of tools onboard. This being my first year of ownership and sailing I am somehow comforted to think I could handle about anything. However I am rapidly approaching a point where I want to lighten the load and regain precious storage space. This thread haS been a helpful guide to that tool thinning process. One item not yet mentioned but which I find useful us the good old cordless dremel tool. Otherwise my sense is the community here has it right. Thanks all...
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Mine being an in water refit with much cosmetic still to be done, I have a extensive pile of tools onboard. This being my first year of ownership and sailing I am somehow comforted to think I could handle about anything. However I am rapidly approaching a point where I want to lighten the load and regain precious storage space. This thread haS been a helpful guide to that tool thinning process. One item not yet mentioned but which I find useful us the good old cordless dremel tool. Otherwise my sense is the community here has it right. Thanks all...
oh man, now I have to put that in with everything else...at least I have those pipe wrenches, I would have felt bad if I had not included those in my kit or in my post.

I have a friend who has a fairly large boat, he took out his forward v-berth and made a tool room. I have seen a couple of others for sale that had done the same. He did his that way because he is a mechanic and cruises until his money gets low and then starts working on other people's boats to raise money to continue on his way. I would also be able to do the same, though I am not really thrilled with the idea of taking what was once a beautiful mahogany and teak v-berth and turning it into a tool locker.

As you work on your boat you will acquire tools, the important thing to do is not to buy cheap junk that damages the heads on bolts or the surface of nuts. Yes if you do not protect them tools will rust in a marine environment, that is why a very light coating of either WD40 or some type of very light oil should be wiped onto the tools after every use when you finish cleaning them. Tools are a part of your investment and lifestyle if you are going to cruise or live aboard, even a sailing club daysailer or weekend rental boat will want you to have a few tools and my guess is that if the bug has bitten you it will not be long until you own your own sailboat, so the tools you buy now will come in handy when you are rewiring or repairing that boat you buy.

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