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kayakwv

Items to keep onboard for troubleshooting '05 VLX?

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kayakwv

My first full season with the '05 VLX, and I am compiling a list of items I want to keep onboard, for troubleshooting issues that arise on the water, or away from home. Specifically items that you had, or wish you had, in the event of a breakdown on the water. Here are a few I thought of, and additional feedback would be helpful:

Knowledge of part numbers or specific issues for an '05 VLX would be especially appreciated!

Spare Impeller

extra fuel filter

duct tape / hose clamps /zip ties

spare oil / v-drive oil /funnel

battery jumper

required fire extinguisher. (I carry 2)

tool kit

first aid kit

spare plugs

diver's mask

tsunami pump

extra fuses?

and... Bottle Opener... for when all else fails! :beer:

Thanks,

Dan

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shawndoggy

A knife (to go along with your diver's mask) for cutting a rope if it gets caught in your prop.

A circuit tester (one of those lightbulb on a wire deals)

spare ballast pump(s)

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jwl019

A long paddle or two! I have had to use a ski before to paddle to some shade while working on replacing a broken belt.

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electricjohn

I keep a leatherman knife on board.

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Pistol Pete

I just keep this on board and everything seems to work out.

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Oh wait,

Did you think I keep that tool box on the boat?

No,

I meant the beer on top of the tool box.

Silly.

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MALIBU/DUKE 87

I just keep this on board and everything seems to work out.

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Oh wait,

Did you think I keep that tool box on the boat?

No,

I meant the beer on top of the tool box.

Silly.

:plus1: just missing the other 11...lol

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stooy

Put a string on your knife so you don't risk dropping it.

I would put a multi meter in rather than a test light.

I also carry a spare hull plug.

Cheers

Stewart

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Fman

Good list you have going, would also consider...

Spare prop, I usually keep mine hidden in my vehicle out of sight. If I do a prop swap I am pulling the boat out of the water. LED flashlight is also nice to have on board.

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kayakwv

Good list starting here. I do keep a breakdown kayak paddle (splits into two paddles), a knife, leatherman, led light and 2 hull plugs. A floating knife handle would be good to have. I had thought about a spare ballast pump, not only for emergency situations, but I am also concerned that someone might drop one in the lake while filling the fat sacs, and then we'd have no way to unfill the sacs. I have an extra prop, and take it with me on trips, but not on the river behind the house.

I also carry extra plugs to the fat sacs, as I lost one to the river on the first day I got the 750 v-drive locker sac. The hull plugs I ordered, after one time I pulled the center plug, it slipped out of my hand and slipped down under the gas tanks. I could barely reach it, and that almost ruined our weekend trip.

The thing I am most concerned with is the early and late season surfing, when there are no other boats out, if you have a mechanical problem. I had a scare once about 15 miles down river from the house in late November. No one out but us and the barges. The boat surged and sputtering for a couple minutes, then fine. No problems since then, but it got me concerned about having troubles when solo on the river.

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srab

You might want a spare V-belt and the requisite tools to change it (the alternator on my boat is held in place with a darned round-topped allen bolt with very little clearance between it and the exhaust hoses). Also, a can of PB Blaster, or some other lubricant to help loosen reluctant bolts, will come in handy. And, I never go anywhere without my impeller puller.

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Pistol Pete

VHF radio and cell phone.

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D-GOOSE

Add Pete's phone number list.

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MalibuNation

Add Pete's phone number list.

:rofl:

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