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Boat toolkit essentials

What to keep on your boat for repairs

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When you’re on the water, the last thing you want to think about is something going wrong. But if something does happen to your boat, would you have the tools on board to fix it?

A serious breakdown requires a skilled mechanic, but you can fix many minor problems if you have some basic tools on hand. Here’s a partial list of what you should keep in your boat toolkit:

  • Screwdrivers: Phillips and flat-headed screwdrivers in various sizes and lengths, including a cordless screwdriver (make sure it’s fully charged)
  • Adjustable wrenches: large and small sizes as well as a prop wrench, filter wrenches, and spark plug wrench
  • Ratchets and sockets: the more, the merrier
  • Cutters and scissors: You can’t beat a wire cutter for cable ties.
  • Pliers: Include needle-nose, regular and vise-grip pliers.
  • Spark plugs and fuses: an extra set of spark plugs and replacement fuses
  • Screws, nuts, bolts and snaps: various sizes, including stainless steel screws and extra snaps for your cover
  • Emergency repair tape: self-bonding silicone rubber tape for temporary radiator hose repairs
  • Cable ties: various sizes, a mainstay for a boat toolkit
  • Electrical tape and Gorilla Tape: electrical tape for wiring and Gorilla Tape for almost anything else
  • Gorilla Glue: useful for small repairs
  • Hose clamps: various sizes
  • Cordless drill: make sure the battery is charged
  • Wire: as useful as cable ties
  • Caulk: marine caulk is the all-around favorite
  • Hook-and-loop fasteners: for a variety of uses
  • Flashlight: with fresh batteries
  • Safety glasses: Wear them to prevent accidents.

Having the right tools may save you from making a trip to a repair shop for a small fix.

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