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Thanks I have a can full of wire nuts and terminal ends and crimpers, also a nice multimeter.
Wire nuts are no no on a boat. Get good quality heat shrink terminals and an appropriate tool to shrink them. I'll second the fish tape but I prefer the rigid fiberglass type. HF has them pretty cheap
https://t.harborfreight.com/3-16-inc...kit-65327.html
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It may take a little time to pare it down but I'd suggest only having on board what you need for YOUR boat.
My tool kit is pretty small, only has the wrenches, sockets and screwdrivers etc I need to fit everything on my boat. By the time you add in spares, stuff for electrical work and what not it still adds up.
I know far too many people who keep the entire socket set or combi wrench set on board and never use 95% of what is there, just turns into expensive rust.
Unless you are one of those guys who enjoy having every tool on hand, being the guy everybody borrows tools from, then have to ask to get them back....

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2 fuel filters
Briefcase with small spools of #14'12,19 and 8 wire, crimpers, butt ends and heat wraps, dlectric grease, amp/ volt tester
Rigging tape
Sail repair tape
Spare shackles
Cotter pins
Wire rings
Spare anchor
Winch handle
Emergency tiller
Bolt cutter
Joker. Valve
Oil absorb sheets
Smaa gauge line like flag halyard
Paper clips
Bungee Cords
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I Picked up a nice DeWalt 142 Piece 1/4" & 3/8" drive mechanics tool set for about $120 from Amazon. It is a very good set with a 100% no questions asked lifetime warranty. I already had electrical connectors and VU meters from an earlier home remodel.

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If anyone buys a jillion pieces of the cheapest chinese tools from Horror Fright or elsewhere, they'd best also buy a couple gallons of cheap mineral oil to store them in. Because salt air will turn those tools back into rusty iron ore in short order. Quite reliably. Especially the working bits in a ratchet handle, but even the hinge on a pair of pliers.

Clear mineral oil in a clear glass jar makes it much easier to see which tools you're grabbing around for, without having to dump them all out.
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Thank you, this is along the lines of what I was thinking .
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Interesting point but why are wire nuts a no no? Are they prone to corrosion?
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I would like to thank everybody for their input, you have given me a lot of very useful information.
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I was working on my boat one day and thought, "wouldn't it be great if somebody made a ratcheting box wrench?" Whenever I think that I've just come up with the idea that will make me rich, the next thought that occurs to me is, "well if I thought of it, somebody else is already making it." Lucky for me, there is a Lowe's near my marina; sure enough, they carry ratcheting box wrenches. I find them very useful in tight spots.
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I Picked up a nice DeWalt.....
The Dewalt brand, like Porter Cable, Proto, MAC, Craftsman, Irwin, Lenox, Bostich, and some other respected brands with good reps are all under Stanley Black and Decker.

As the the world turns...changes...

Northern Tool is another outlet for less expensive stuff...maybe a couple of steps above Harbor.

They all have warranties - easy exchange - but are kinda worthless and meaningless you you are 'away'.

Learn what you need...for every fastener/job on the boat.

You may be surprised at how few tools you actually need for reg maintenance.

It's learned by individual owner over time.
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