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Re: Most Useful Sailing Tool

I'd have to go with my mind, in the form of my experience, together with my eyes. Both are indispensable for a good day's sailing.
There are certainly many days when I sail without using any mechanical tool, and I can't remember the last time I actually used my rigging knife. I've never owned a leatherman type tool, so I've no idea how handy they might be, but with my tool box just down below in the engine room, I've never missed not having one. On most day sails I don't actually need the compass, the gps, the wind gauges, depth finder or speedo, as nice as they are to have; I can usually see my destination by the time I'm half way there and know the depth from the water color.
If you've sailed traditional sailing vessels, you know winches aren't really necessary nor the handles to crank them. We've all become quite reliant on our many "aids" to sailing, which indeed make it easier and more fun, but without them, we should be able to reach the same destination, in due time.

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Re: Most Useful Sailing Tool

I like the leatherman because it is convienent. I generally use the right tool for the job if i'm in the fix it mode. When i happen to see something that needs tightened or cut and it's quick and easy; i break out the leatherman. Big projects i break out the tool box.
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Re: Most Useful Sailing Tool

A credit card with a high limit.
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I never get on board w/o a knife in my pocket. 2nd the spyderco
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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...
Magnetize the bits with the strongest rare-earth magnet you can find, or put one of the tiny magnets from a magnetic socket in the bottom of your Leatherman socket. Or carry spares...

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GREETINGS EARTHLINGS THE ONLY ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION IS "KNOWLAGE" thanks
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Re: Most Useful Sailing Tool

Most used probably a good knife/leatherman.
Most often needed would be screw drivers and wrenches.
Next (for me anyway), cordless drill/driver (I prefer the Makita with lithium batt).

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I'll echo this. We carry a whole collection of tools, all organized by task (electrical, plumbing, engine, general), but my most-used tool is the one on my hip all the time. I've gone through a few multi-tools over the years, and currently carry this one:

Charge TTi - Leatherman Multi-Tools
I'm in the same boat. *grin* I have a full set of hand and power tools on the boat and another set in my shop (actually a big trailer). I carry a Leatherman (pre-Wave) that I use often for little tasks. I'm a rabid "right tool for the job" person and surprised myself when I started carrying a multi-tool and surprised myself again at how often I used it.

If I have a significant project I break out the real tools.
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Re: Most Useful Sailing Tool

Leatherman wave. I own 3.

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