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tool kit recommendations?


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Anyone have a good tool kit recommendation to carry on the boat? I have a mix and match set, looking for a nice kit that will stow away easy...

I posted this question a few years back. I didn't get much response. I looked for some type of marine grade set, but the choice was limited.

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Here is what I have in my tool box: ratcheting wrenches, socket set, allen set, nut drivers, light for dark places!, hose picks, screwdrivers, impeller puller, test light not pictured, etc....

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My dry box sounds like skurfers. I also have a cheap set of jumper cables (not for me) :) which are the most used item in my box. I keep 3-4 transom plugs because last year I was passing them out like candy on the ramp! I hate cresent wrenches but they are on size fits all. Various sized mini-blade fuses by the gross. My starter fuse was eating the 5 amp ones like crazy until I replaced it with a 10 amp. Found out repeated cycling of the Malivue by the kids was the culprit. 1qt of 15-40 and ATF just in case and some 4 foot sections of 10/14/16 ga wire with wire nuts and electrical tape. I have a few friends with older boats and sketchy electrical skills. Extra impeller! Lastly a set of kids swim goggles to check the bottom of the boat if the need arises.

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IIRC I got my dry box from WalMart for cheap. I have also seen them at Bass Pro $$$, Overtons and a few other places. It has a pull out lid tray and a gasket to seal the box. It is about 18x12x12 and wont quite fit under the seats so I have to put it in the locker on the non bagged side.

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I got this set on sale from Lowes for $100.00. I bought it for the boat, it is such a great set and portable I ended up keeping it in the garage, I take it on the boat with me. It has storage on top for any other tools you think yo may need. I do also keep a small fishermans box with fuses, electical tape, epoxy, goggles, WD40 and a few other odds and ends that I can not seem to think of at the moment...

http://www.lowes.com/pd_338518-22328-85183_4294777293_4294937087_?productId=3364134&Ns=p_product_qty_sales_dollar|1&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl_Tool%2BSets_4294777293_4294937087_%3FNs%3Dp_product_qty_sales_dollar%7C1&facetInfo=

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Look into the Craftsman Evolv tools. They are not as expensive as the Craftsman pro tools with the no-questions-ask lifetime replacement, but they are better than some of the really cheap stuff you find at Harbor Freight. I didn't want to spend a ton for an occasional use set, but I also didn't want tools that broke when needed most.

I couldn't find one "kit" that had everything I wanted. So I purchased the SAE/Metric wrench set, screwdriver set, pliers set, and 3/8" drive ratchet set with SAE/Metric sockets. I then purchased a soft tool bag to throw everything in. Add in a few specific Allen wrenches (mostly for the tower bolts) some zip ties, duct tape, crazyglue, and for about $100 I can fix pretty much anything on the boat or tow vehicle without having to raid my main tool box that I keep in the garage.

I didn't bother trying to make sure everything was 100% stainless steel marine grade tools. But the time you spend that kind of money I could have probably replaced my travel tool kit 3 times over. I will probably throw a silica desiccant pack in the tool bag and call it done.

Also make sure you have a good first aid kit, mini flashlight, and a good knife for cutting off a rope wrapped around prop. Get one that you can tie a lanyard to so you don't drop it in the water. These were some affordable options from Amazon that I am happy with:

http://www.amazon.co...ils_o03_s00_i00

http://www.amazon.co...ils_o03_s00_i01

http://www.amazon.co...ils_o00_s00_i00

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It's probably around 20 pounds for everything I listed so it's pretty much negligible. It's pretty compact too, everything fits under the seat by the trash can.

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Anyone have a good tool kit recommendation to carry on the boat? I have a mix and match set, looking for a nice kit that will stow away easy...

I have the tool kit from Overtons. It's around 50 bucks and NOT suitable for marine use. It has a bounch of room in the middle though for my battery cables, knife, spare impeller and puller,etc.

FWIW, in the last 5 or 6 years, the only things I've used were the knife once and a couple fuses for the wedge since I got the Vlx. I used the knife to remove a rope from the shaft on my old boat. I've also had the power wedge fuses blow while trying to stow the thing at speeds more that 5mph.

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20 lbs?? Dang.

I have a small pouch with the basics, ie; common wrenches, sockets, ratchet, nut driver handle, multi-screwdriver, allen keys, channel locks, needle nose, crimpers, spare electrical connectors, electrical tape, spare fuses, zip ties, small flash light, BIG spotlight, battery cables, trailer jack & lug wrench that fits the trailer lugs.

Oh, and somehow I've accumulated like 4 pocket knives. Not terribly nice ones, but useful nevertheless. Let me know if any of you left one on my boat. ;)

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And, then some.

All this, and more, fit into a tool box. I also carry a K+K jumpstarter.

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I keep the one tool box with all that stuff in it (that my G.F. can barely lift) in the driver's side engine locker. Socket set on top of that. 2 5 gallon gas cans, one in each locker, decent sized first aid kit and a bunch of other stuff. Thank God I didn't buy a DD. Bottom line, you'd never know I had all those back-ups for my back-ups.

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And, then some.

All this, and more, fit into a tool box. I also carry a K+K jumpstarter.

At least we know if someone's engine blows you have enough to rebuild it still on the water.

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Since I've built that kit, it tends to be my go-to box of tools.

Like when I'm going to the track or, when installing a toilet on the third floor of my house when all my tools are in the garage on the bottom floor. Having a G.F. work as a gopher helps too. This is my main tool box.

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