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First time Malibu owner, need help gearing up...battery charger & tool kit?

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Picking up my new VTX in 5 weeks, can't come quickly enough...dreams do come true.

Needing some input - the dealer is recommending that I get a tool kit and battery charger/jumper.  Any ideas on what would be best for each?


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As far as jumper and jumper cables I'd get both.  I really like Clore's "Jump and Carry" for a jumper.

I'm a big fan of NOCO battery chargers.

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I second Noco marine chargers.


8 mil socket - fits all the hose clamps

speed tape (aka duct tape)

extra plug

crescent wrench

impeller and sockets to change 

jumper cables

screw drivers, sand paper, etc

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I've used the Noco GB 50 several times.  It's nice to have it not just for me, but others. I just hand it to the stranded boat and they bring it back once the engine starts...it's a nice feeling knowing that you saved someone's day. 

I also have the onboard charger.  They are great.

As for tools, you'll see the full gamut when asking owners.  Some don't even have a flashlight, and some are prepared to over haul an engine.  I definitely lean on the "prepared" side of the spectrum.  Take a look at these threads (and others) and you'll get an idea.

My 2 cents: get the obvious ones such as jump pack, flashlights, tool kit, weekend saver kit, impeller, etc., but definitely add some self-fusing tape for repairs to the tool kit.  That stuff is money.


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Thanks to all, very helpful.  My amazon shopping cart is growing.

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