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Silica gel works in sealed containers. So unless your tool box is a Pelican case...odds are it is just the wrong application for silica gel. If the box can breath, the gel will absorb all it can but the sea will patiently keep supplying more moisture.
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Silica gel works in sealed containers. So unless your tool box is a Pelican case...odds are it is just the wrong application for silica gel. If the box can breath, the gel will absorb all it can but the sea will patiently keep supplying more moisture.
HS is correct. Silica gel just reduces moisture in an enclosed space until saturated. Oxygen absorbers (iron powder) might do a better job as oxygen IS what rusts metal, though they will eventually "saturate" as well. My guess is that since they are a rusting metal themselves they will remain able to absorb oxygen for longer than silica gel will remain useful.

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I always thought a soft bag would be better than a hard box due to the unusual shape of the limited storage areas. During my first season on the boat I used this cheapo bag from Harbor Freight:


...but as the year went on and more tools made a one-way trip from my house to the boat, I needed more room and a heavier, more durable bag. After a lot of shopping around, I went all-out and got this sizeable, very hefty bag from Home Depot:


I really like the tool wall in the middle and pockets around the side, because I can see all the tools from above instead of having to dig through a pile. The heavy rubber feet prevent the bag from sliding off the cabin top when I need to take the bag topsides.

As for moisture prevention, I assumed that silica gel and other small preventers would not last inside the bag because of the way the bag breathes. The solution for me was to minimize moisture throughout the boat with a dehumidifier when on shore power, and DampRid canisters when on the hard. I've posted about the dehumidifier in another thread. Since I'm just a daysailor, I don't spend enough time at sea to worry about moisture while away from shore power.
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Silica Gel will absorb moisture (weather it's enclosed or not). If you use enough of it (larger volumes) it will work in a large area. Also for smaller areas and being on your sail boat it might be best to get something that is moisture indicating (you can see color change when absorbed) and a product that you get extras in a zipper seal moisture barrier bag so you can keep them handy to use. Try something like this:

Dry-Packs by Absorbent Industries - Moisture Absorbing Silica Gel Indicating Packets (Desiccant) - SilicaGelPackets.com
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Shot of the storage on the Womboat. Soft bags instead of hard boxes would make it easier to pack and allow a bit more room. Large organisers are under the three boxes, largest box is under the small organisers. I keep power tools elsewhere.



ps - Sloop ... ref your dig at Stanley ... I can only agree. They were once the ant's pants but honestly the stuff I see today is just rubbish. I even bought cheap copies of Stanley organisers cos they were quite obviously better than the real thing.
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