The tools listed here are what I consider to be essential tools, and often carry them to the boat for those many projects. I have not listed some of the more common tools, such as screwdrivers and pliers, as everyone has their own idea of those, but rather, the unusual tools you may not be aware of, or at least didn't think of.
So this is not a complete list of tools, but rather uncommon tools you should consider including. The tools are not necessarily tools you will have on board for everyday needs; just those tools that aid in boat projects.
They are not always the most expensive, but over the years, have been essential. For instance, the fish wire tools are cheap made-in-China tools from Harbor Freight, but I have not found anything more useful. Other tools, such as crimpers work better when they are higher quality. I have chosen the set of tools that balance economy, quality, and the ability to withstand the marine environment.
Don't discount non-traditional sources for tools, such as eBay. Sure, its hit or miss here, and you may have to be patient, but I picked up a new high quality Panduit GS4 cable tie gun, which retails for as much as $700, for a mere $40.
Another unusual source is www.pricewatch.com. While this website is more associated with computers and accessories, they often have hand tools that are associated with computers; needle-nose pliers, tool kits, and so on.
Keep an eye out for stores closing, especially in this economy. I wish no one ill will, but its undeniable that some businesses are in trouble. Our local Ace Hardware went out of business recently, and had a 50% off sale. I picked up some fairly nice tools for a great price.
General Tools (www.generaltools.com) will sometimes put tools on clearance, and even have an eBay store.
Also don't forget a small digital camera. In a boat, there are many areas where you just cannot peek your head into - and a camera does wonders for finding out what is behind that panel.
|And how can one do a boat project without a McGuyver tool? |
OK, so the spelling is different than the TV show, and it might not help you do that project, but it's sure to impress your boating buddies.
This tool was sold in Eddie Bauer stores about 10 years ago. Not sure if you can still get one or not.
To summarize, the tools shown here are not tools you might leave on the boat, but rather they are tools to aid in performing your boat projects. For instance, the nylon fish tape shown above is not something to keep in your on-board tool kit, but it is very handy for the one time you need to run wire through your radar arch.