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Net0man 06-16-2013 09:08 PM

What tools do you bring in your sailboats?
What tools do you bring in your sailboats? The reason I asked is because my wife and I had a boat trouble yesterday and I wished I brought my toolbox to fix it. Let me introduce myself then I will explain what happened at the Chesapeake Bay.

Last October, my wife and I completed the ASA 101 class and passed the exam to earn our certification. We joined a sailing club last May to start our sailing experience. Our club has two 25' sailboats; Hunter and Catalina. Our "home" dock is Deale, MD. So far, we have sailed four times and we look forward to go out in the bay again in the near future. We are planning a three days sailing trip on July 4, 5, & 6. Before we go out on the trip, we need to plan better especially with a toolbox.

What happened yesterday was we sailed the Hunter to Galesville and the trouble occurred when we entered the West River. The boat's mainsheet's pulley got disconnected from the traveler. We lost a control of the boom and we had to lower the mainsail. The pulleys piece cracked open and could not hold on anymore. If I have had a plier, I would try to squeeze the piece to close the gap so we could continue sail with the mainsail. Unfortunately, I had no tools and we used the jib sail and motor on way back to Deale, MD. Our club's boats do not come with tools.

Back to the question here is what tools do you bring in your sailboats? I am open to suggestions. I would start with the following tools for the future sails.

1. Screwdrivers - slot and philip
2. Adjustable Wrench
3. Pliers
4. Allen wrenches ?
5. WD40 ?
6. Hammer?
7. Long nose wrench ?
8. Groove Joint ProPliers ?

I'd appreciate any advice on selecting right tools that are commonly used on sailboats.

paulatcrag 06-16-2013 09:15 PM

Box end wrenches
Electrical multi meter
Socket set just to add a few
Also electrical tape and good old bailing wire can also be handy

jimgo 06-16-2013 09:18 PM

Re: What tools do you bring in your sailboats?
I think there is a big difference between a club boat and a personal boat, and even between racers and cruisers. On a club boat, I'd be inclined to bring only a bare minimum set of tools. I'd add open-ended wrenches and a socket set to your list.

bljones 06-16-2013 09:36 PM

Re: What tools do you bring in your sailboats?
I stow:
70 pc socket set in it's formed plastic hard case- includes metric and fractional, 1/4", 3/8", 1/2 drive, spanners, hex keys, screwdriver bits.
soft "mechanical" tool bag- contains various pliers, 3 different sizes of vice grips, an assortment of slot head, phillips head, robertson head screwdrivers, torque wrench (in case), feeler gauges, dead blow mallet, ball peen hammer, 5 lb. short handle sledge, small and medium pry bars, oil filter wrench, magnetic and claw 24" retrievers, another set of allen keys, wrist lanyards for all tools.
small hard case "electrical" tool kit- multi meter, wire cutter, wire stripper/crimper, electrical tape, heat shrink, butane torch, zipties, wire, terminals, connectors, miscellaneous stuff.
Power tool bag- B&D Matrix drill and accessory heads, and charger, tool roll containing jigsaw bits and drill bits.
Woodworking bag- a variety of chisels, from 1/4" - 1/5" in a tool roll, counter sink bits, forstner bits, plug cutters, flush cut saw, folding pull saw, small planes, level, square bevel gauge, wooden mallets, small hammers

It all stows in the locker under the quarter berth- maybe adds 30 lbs to boat load.

edguy3 06-16-2013 09:45 PM

Re: What tools do you bring in your sailboats?
A sewing kit (there's that whole 'stitch in time' thing) & Duct tape ( the bonding force of the universe) Spares including clamps, Belts.

tempest 06-16-2013 10:08 PM

Re: What tools do you bring in your sailboats?
When on a boat other than my own, I always carry a Multi-tool ( like a leatherman) that has a pair of pliers among other tools, and I carry a separate knife. You could probably put a small tool kit together in a soft case that could cover many typical needs. An adjustable wrench, a small socket set etc.

Faster 06-16-2013 10:45 PM

Re: What tools do you bring in your sailboats?
We carry enough tools to do general maintenance of all sorts.. including non-major engine repairs like FWC pump change, or H/E removal for cleaning/checking if necessary. Combo wrench set, serious socket set (both metric and imperial) battery drill, all manner of pliers and other necessaries.. A good multimeter, and a wide selection of spares, leftovers, seizing wire, tapes of all sorts, wire/cable cutters and several lengths of dyneema for temporary (or permanent ) lashings.

Probably don't carry enough spare parts for everything, but we do have the tools to fix it once we locate a part if it comes to that.

mbetter 06-16-2013 10:50 PM

Re: What tools do you bring in your sailboats?
Every tool but the one I need.

wind_magic 06-16-2013 11:44 PM

Re: What tools do you bring in your sailboats?
Depends on the boat.

I think its best to go through the boat system by system and work out how you are going to fix whatever breaks. What tools you need depends on what it is you are going to need to fix, some motors need one set of tools, some need another set, for example, it all depends on your boat and your specific systems. Make sure you have instructions, spares, and tools, if you want to be prepared and do it right, and some practice working through those instructions is a good idea too. Try to imagine in advance all the bad stuff that could happen, and figure out what you are going to do about it when it does happen.

Faster 06-17-2013 12:15 AM

Re: What tools do you bring in your sailboats?

Originally Posted by mbetter (Post 1044891)
Every tool but the one I need.

That is the way it goes, isn't it??:rolleyes:

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