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Re: Most Useful Sailing Tool

Wait, can we nominate candidates?
I nominate Smacky as The Most Useful Sailing Tool.
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Seriously; a leatherman. If you don't have one you need one a sailboat.
Wave - Leatherman Multi-Tools
I think a Leatherman Wave is maybe the most useful tool overall, not just for sailing. I always wear one.

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Re: Most Useful Sailing Tool

Here are some other opinions on favorite tools:

What is the most used tool on your boat?

favorite tool...?

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Re: Most Useful Sailing Tool

Seriously, it seems like the most useful tool for the job is always the one tool you don't have aboard. Based on use, maybe the most useful tool on board is one of the hokey, corny Davis Universal Deck Keys.



i cut off the tangs on one side and put an edge on it, so it is now a wrench, screwdriver, bottle opener, deck plate key, shackle pin key and knife. It was a $9 impulse buy at the local chandlery, and i attached a lanyard and a freebie floating keychain to it. It gets used more often than either of the pocket multitools I have aboard, partly because it is always close at hand.
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LEATHERMAN even a cheap knock off will do.
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Re: Most Useful Sailing Tool

cell fone to call friends in the anchorage you approach for beers and heat the coals for bbq.....mebbe even conditions at present..lol

or warn them that you are going to be there so they can flee the area....

but that means the loose nut behind the wheel actually functions......mebbe....

could be the wench that maintains the loose nut behind the wheel ... in some boats....rodlmffao.....


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A good knowledgeable and cohesive crew..
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Re: Most Useful Sailing Tool

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What makes the TTI worth $50 more than the wave? I cannot discern a functional difference and neither mentions one handed blade opening, so how do you do that?
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What makes the TTI worth $50 more than the wave? I cannot discern a functional difference and neither mentions one handed blade opening, so how do you do that?
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The Wave is easily opened and closed with one hand.

It also has a ruler along the handle, which I find comes in quite handy.

The Phillips head screwdriver uses a replaceable/reversible bit which I understand could come in handy. If you strip the bit it's easier to replace than the whole unit, but... The one and only time I've been up a mast I was using it to replace the steaming light and naturally before I even had the first screw out the bit came loose and went bouncing all the way down to the deck...

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Mike,
What makes the TTI worth $50 more than the wave? I cannot discern a functional difference and neither mentions one handed blade opening, so how do you do that?
Mine just looks cooler

I'm sure both would be fine. I recall liking the feel in my hand of the TTI over the other options when last I went shopping, but I'm sure the others would be just fine.

The two main blades (both he straight and the serrated) can be flipped out using your thumb. That's what the hole in the blades are for. There are many models that offer this option now, including the Wave.

Why go fast, when you can go slow.
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