Canadian Yachting’s answer man outlines all the tools you will need to have aboard your boat for the coming season in order to be self-sufficient.
In this time of boat show afterglow, many boaters are counting the days until launch. Now is the perfect opportunity to take stock of what you have onboard, what needs to be replaced or repaired, and the wish list of purchases for the 2018 season. Coincidentally, this gives you lots of time to shop for the great deals that you’re after for tools and supplies that will help with routine maintenance and/or in an emergency.
As a marine mechanic, I occasionally cringe when I see the types of tools and supplies that boaters keep onboard as I’m completing repair. I’ve seen sockets with no wrench, imperial wrenches for an engine that requires metric, oil filters that don’t fit, dried sealant, and connectors that don’t fit the wiring onboard. Of course I’ve also seen some fine collections and that’s where I hope to take you.
So – here’s a wish list of items that every boater should keep onboard (whether you are handy or not); the must-haves that everyone can use, and are relatively inexpensive to buy and store. I’ll divide the list into tools, supplies and replacement parts. Read more.