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I use a small plastic tackle box. The pivot out tray hold the misc. screws, bolts, washers, pins (both used and unused) that one collects. The bottom hold just about all the tools I need. I don't keep power tools on the boat. and I'm on my forth multi bit screw driver. I buy the $5.00 ones and don't bother to fight the rust. I also carry a separate 1/4" drive socket set. This fits very nicly in the port sette storage area.
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Tools that must be handy live in 2nd and 3rd draws starboard...
hand tools/socket set are marginally med quality and makes me feel better leaving a few paper towels in tool cases, remains to be seen if they actually do any good but I always have something to
clean up with when the job is done.
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Originally Posted by Ocarina II View Post
I built a wood tool chest with a bunch of trays and partitions and tarted it up with cast brass corners and antique style leather trunk handles. I worked the boats name into a sheet brass oval and varnished the outside. I painted the inside in the accent colour of my boat and fitted loops to hold the specific tools I imagined needing. The box lives under the Dinette or between the v-berth bunks on the deck and is not an eyesore.

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A bunch of the roll up things, each with one "type" of tool in it and clearly labeled on the outside. Then we strapped a milk crate under the saloon table and put the most-used rolls and other tools in there (screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, hacksaw, small hammer, 3-in1 oil, a roll of duct tape etc.)

Makita cordless drill (and bits, driver heads, etc.) in the open space under the V-berth. Socket set also there.

Everything else far more inaccessible in a locker.

Lots of flashlights mounted EVERYWHERE.

Keep your sealants in a plastic box in the back corner of the refrig if you're in a hot climate -- we had open ones last a year or more in there (we duct-taped the nozzle).
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five gallon bucket

I have been happy using a five gallon bucket tool organizer. They are available in many places like Home Depot. When placed around the bucket the tools are really easy to find, no digging around. Then when finished the cloth part lifts off the bucket and goes inside along with the bigger tools. The lid gets sealed on and I hope this will slow any rusting. The whole bucket is stowed in a cockpit locker.

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I use a plastic tool box with a single, plastic tray and metal latches from Ace Hardware. It stows under the starboard settee. That locker does get some condensation, but my tools are not rusting, and stay dry inside the tool box.

I live in a humid area, on the Chespeake Bay. I'm not using any silica packs or preservation spray. I have an assortment of screwdrivers, sockets, ratchets, vise grips, pliers and hex keys. I don't carry power tools.

I've been into engine mechanics for years, and there is only one penetrant that I trust anymore: Kroil, or if you prefer, Aero-Kroil (spray form of Kroil). It's far superior to PBlaster, Liquid Wrench or WD-40.

Use the right snake-oil for the right problem-

Kroil- Blasting rusted fasteners and parts free from each other.
Electrical contact cleaner- Exactly what it says.
WD-40- Lubricating/cleaning slightly rusty, but still moveable fasteners and parts with tight clearances.
3-in-1 Oil- Heavily lubricating hinges, and engine parts that have looser clearances.
White lithium grease- For parts that require a sticky, heavy lubricant that is heavier than oil.
Sailkote/McLube- Lubricating blocks, sheaves, sail cloth, sail track slugs, travelers and other deck hardware.
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I have a deep, top access locker under one side of the v-berth aft of the sail locker I use for tools.

I have a Craftsman set in a hard case that has combo wrenches, nut drivers, 1/4" & 1/2" sockets, and screwdrivers; I keep two silica packs in the case. 3/4" socket set has it's own hard case with one more silica pack. A Duluth tool bag has hammers, chisels, and small pry bars on one side and weird bits like a Clamptite tool and splicing wands on the other; two more silica packs. I have a bunch of canvas bags, each with a silica pack, for electrical, rigging, plumbing, glass work, and things that don't categorize well.

Parts and spares go in Lock-n-Locks in an adjacent locker. Long term spares are vacuum sealed before going in the box. Everything is labeled.
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Originally Posted by dhays View Post
Sounds good, but then where do you put all the crap that has nowhere else to live? My Nav station desk has an assortment of keys, pens, knives, whipping line, tide books, stereo remote, Sampson Brade splicing set, charging chords, tape measurer, and a bunch of other stuff that seemed important at one time...
Amazing, that's exactly the same list as in my nav desk. Oh, and add Headlamp, handheld VHF, a multi-screwdriver (only it's not so multi anymore as the flat bladed bit fell overboard and sank), remotes for the TV and Blu-ray, spare AA and AAA batteries, tool for opening the caps on fuel/water tanks.
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Nav station- the nautical equivalent of the kitchen junk drawer.
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Canvas bag with mechanics tools. Ratchets, wrenches, etc. sorted into smaller canvas bags to make them easier to find. A tackle box for electrical tools, meter, connectors, etc. and two plastic parts trays. One for a selection of stainless fasteners, the other for brass fasteners. The whole works goes into a cockpit locker but is a pain to hoist out (heavy).

On the shelf behind the nav station goes #1 & #2 phillips and two sizes of standard screwdrivers. Marine Swiss Army knife, a Leatherman and a flashlight. That little stash takes care of the small jobs so I don't have to pull out the big tool bag.

This winter the bag is getting replaced by a teak tool locker that will be built into the open space under the v-berth cutout. It will also serve as a step for the wife to get into the v-berth.
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