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Leatherman and multimeter followed by duct tape and zap straps. My boat doesn't sail without that stuff on board.

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Sure having and using the correct tool is the thing to do but I think Visegrips are one of the best tools ever invented and I think it would be foolish to venture off without a few sizes of them - just in case .... for whatever - They Work - when sometimes nothing else will.
An example would be when you have to unbolt a piece of deck gear and there's no helper in sight: you can use vise grips to keep the underdeck nut from moving and can unbolt from above.
 

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don't know about ya'll
mine is a bottle opener..for my Bass Ale..
good rule of thumb..if it can't be fixed w/ either a six pack or a roll of duct tape..it ain't worth fixin'
(please keep the 'drinking and sailing' diatribe to yourselves..i'm irish and that's what we do..
 

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Ah what the heck

If were draggin this old thred up again ...heres mine..
 

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This is a wonderful tool. It will act like a beefy nutdriver and a ratchet by rotating 90 degrees as shown. This is a standard version with sockets from 1/4" to 9/16". I have a meteric one as well. Switching sockets in my bosun's chair was not the best in a chop, but it was easier than taking a lot of tools aloft. I also love my propane soldering iron and leatherman.

The ratchets are by NEBCO and cost about $20. They are not stainless so they will rust. The one shown is 3 years old - but freshwater.
 

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While we're on the subject of drinking tools how about this one! It's my CAN CRUSHER and it really minimizes my trash volume on board.

Sorry for the picture resolution, I really had to crop in on this one, but it's the brown mechanism mounted to the left of the companionway.

CRUSHA (yes our can crusher has a name) is the bomb !!

dayum...
first thing i saw was the EPIRB, and thought "sheesh why would he smack down a can with that?..hmm..maybe he is being esoteric about the necessity for an epirb"..
sometimes i'm such a dumbass:rolleyes:
i only use bottled beer, so i only have to contend w/ an opener..
 
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