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Re: Sorting tools
The seat under our nav station is our primary tool locker at approx 12 sqft. It's full to the top. The better part of a small locker, under a salon seat has some spare parts, which should be relocated to a less convenient place, given the rarity that we need them. An entire locker in the cockpit has seperate tubs with screws, anodes, painting/sanding, lines/ties/tapes, electrical fitings, plumbing fittings.
I tried to eliminate some of the tools, but most were deemed necessary to have aboard. I removed the battery cable crimpers, but not much more. Home is too far away to run back for a tool. Actually, I do very little work at home anymore, it's mostly on the boat.
Instead, I got much better at organizing the tools. The smartest thing I did was to buy different color, zipped canvas bags to separate like tools. One for screw drivers, nut drivers, alan wrenches, socket wrench extensions or adapters, SAE wrenches, Metric wrenches, then a small gym bag with all the other random hand tools.
It's the cockpit tubs of parts and pieces that needs serious cleaning out, not the tools. Stainless screws, nuts, etc, eventually come in handy. I'm looking for something constantly. The tubs, however, are overfilled with spare parts, adapters, wires and all sorts of junk. Some of it is spares to devices that have been replaced and the spare no longer fits.
I'd need a long weekend to tackle this and never have one.
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