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Allows you to Mcgiver with the above.

More seriously my cellphone camera. Use it while taking things apart. Sneak it into weird spots to see what’s going on. Take a snap of labels then magnify them so these old eyes can read them. Take a pic of something then bring it to the store to match it. Have gotten quite dependent on it. Not for the phone but the camera and google while working on the boat.
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We have two sets of fiberglass rods that we can screw together (under the floor if necessary) to run wires or hoses in places we could never do it otherwise. On set is thinner and about 8 feet long and the other is about a ¼" diameter and 12 feet long, fully assembled. They both break down and store in a plastic tube about 18" long and 2" in diameter.
I'm with Mark on the dental tools; absolutely indispensable, as are the 18" hemostats.

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Not necessary. Most people seem to outsource theirs to the internet.


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Not necessary. Most people seem to outsource theirs to the internet.
Some crafty individuals with the time to make youtube videos have really helped me out on many occasions. I used to call one of my grandfathers on the land line and say 'hey, have you ever....' one or the other invariably had. Now they are gone but youtube walks me through stuff I would otherwise have taken me hours to figure out.

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YouTube is a wealth of crowd sourced information. Occasionally, its from a known reputable source and can be taken on it's face. Most often, its just like getting advice from the dude down the dock on how he does things. If you use your head, you can sort out the details. Especially, if you get input from a dozen sources and compare. Jawing on the dock rarely allows that much research, but it can be done on YouTube/Google in 30 mins. Awesome. Put an iPad on most useful boat gear.


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More seriously my cellphone camera. Use it while taking things apart. Sneak it into weird spots to see what’s going on. Take a snap of labels then magnify them so these old eyes can read them. Take a pic of something then bring it to the store to match it. Have gotten quite dependent on it. Not for the phone but the camera and google while working on the boat.
Brilliant and I too have slid into this use of the cellphone camera. Even when I take some measurements and write them down... I take a pic and toss out the paper. I can work on projects off "site" because I document the boat or part of it I am working on. The camera is so useful for the things you mention... even the turnbuckle settings.

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Brilliant and I too have slid into this use of the cellphone camera. Even when I take some measurements and write them down... I take a pic and toss out the paper. I can work on projects off "site" because I document the boat or part of it I am working on. The camera is so useful for the things you mention... even the turnbuckle settings.
Funny you should mention that. We brought our Boat from Deale Md. to Norfolk on her maiden voyage using only the GPS on my phone for everything but finding an anchorage. It would try to put me on land if I got too close to shore, had to watch out for that.
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Allows you to Mcgiver with the above.

More seriously my cellphone camera. Use it while taking things apart. Sneak it into weird spots to see what’s going on. Take a snap of labels then magnify them so these old eyes can read them. Take a pic of something then bring it to the store to match it. Have gotten quite dependent on it. Not for the phone but the camera and google while working on the boat.
Now that you mention it, we also use the cell phone camera a lot for engine work and seeing in places my fat head won't fit. I now have a boat file of pics of every mechanical job we've ever done with before, during and after shots of the work. Just the other day we had to refer to some of the old generator pics to see how the solenoid was before the rebuild.
Of course, I can't take any credit for the idea, it was all my wife's. But all the pictures of her were my idea!

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