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jimh posted 10-28-2001 11:30 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
Let's try an on-line, inter-active approach to making the perfect toolbox to carry onboard our Boston Whaler. Here's how we'll do it:

--Add an item to the toolbox by adding a post to this thread;
--Keep it simple; limit your post to one line in the little window when posting;
--Don't duplicate tools already in the toolbox;
--Add tools in the order of importance, in other words don't add some obscure item to the toolkit before you add a simple hand tool;
--You only get one tool to add, so don't blow your choice. Think about it before posting.

Please follow the rules so I don't have to come back and edit all the posts!

I'll start the project with a posting below, to show the desired form.

jimh posted 10-28-2001 11:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Needle-nose pliers with insulated grips.
bigz posted 10-28-2001 12:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
One multi-purpose tool (Leatherman, SOG or Gerber)
kingfish posted 10-28-2001 12:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Socket set - 1/4" and 3/8" drive.
JBCornwell posted 10-28-2001 12:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
#2 phillips screwdriver.
joeha posted 10-28-2001 12:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for joeha  Send Email to joeha     
Roll of duct tape
bdb posted 10-28-2001 12:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for bdb  Send Email to bdb     
channel lock pliers
Eagleman posted 10-28-2001 12:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eagleman  Send Email to Eagleman     
soft sided tool bag, to put everything into.
Backlash posted 10-28-2001 12:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     
1/2" drive ratchet with 1-1/8" socket for prop nut.
dgp posted 10-28-2001 01:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
3M No.33 electrical tape.
simonmeridew posted 10-28-2001 02:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for simonmeridew  Send Email to simonmeridew     
an assortment of crimp-on electrical connectors-male and female bayonet
scottfarm posted 10-28-2001 02:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for scottfarm  Send Email to scottfarm     
spark plug wrench with extra set of spark plugs
Samars posted 10-28-2001 03:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Samars  Send Email to Samars     

A quality flashlight...
FISHNFF posted 10-28-2001 03:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for FISHNFF  Send Email to FISHNFF     
An assortment of fuses for everything onboard.
OutrageMan posted 10-28-2001 04:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
Dan posted 10-28-2001 04:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dan  Send Email to Dan     
cable ties and hose clamps
Traveller posted 10-28-2001 05:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Traveller  Send Email to Traveller     
Grease gun.
70_Katama posted 10-28-2001 06:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for 70_Katama  Send Email to 70_Katama     
wire strippers/cutters. various gage.
DanT posted 10-28-2001 06:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for DanT  Send Email to DanT     
Wire and aligator clips.
Dick E posted 10-28-2001 06:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick E  Send Email to Dick E     
bottle of lock-tite
sport15er posted 10-28-2001 06:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for sport15er  Send Email to sport15er     
replacement bulbs for all lights.
Arch Autenreith posted 10-28-2001 06:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Arch Autenreith  Send Email to Arch Autenreith     
4-in-one screwdriver
noswah posted 10-28-2001 07:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for noswah  Send Email to noswah     

A Digital Multimeter (voltage meter, etc.)
acseatsri posted 10-28-2001 07:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for acseatsri  Send Email to acseatsri     
A bigger boat to carry all this stuff!
Highwater posted 10-28-2001 08:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Highwater    
Extra-large slotted screwdriver to add/change lower unit lubrication.
WantaWhale posted 10-28-2001 09:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for WantaWhale  Send Email to WantaWhale     
Emergency pull rope/handle for starting
Soho posted 10-28-2001 09:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Soho  Send Email to Soho     
Small wire brush ( tooth brush sized )
k joseph posted 10-28-2001 10:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for k joseph  Send Email to k joseph     
Free Willy posted 10-28-2001 10:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Free Willy  Send Email to Free Willy     
Adjustable wrench
jimh posted 10-28-2001 10:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
[Administrative posting]
andygere posted 10-28-2001 11:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
dauntlass 18 posted 10-29-2001 07:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for dauntlass 18  Send Email to dauntlass 18     
Hand operated bilge pump
LarrySherman posted 10-29-2001 08:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     
ledfoot posted 10-29-2001 08:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for ledfoot  Send Email to ledfoot     
sandpaper/emory cloth for cleaning connections
willyjoe1 posted 10-29-2001 09:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for willyjoe1  Send Email to willyjoe1     
Booster cables
Bigshot posted 10-29-2001 09:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Red, Green, White Calume light sticks [Emergency nav lights]
Chap posted 10-29-2001 10:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chap  Send Email to Chap     
Small workable funnel with rag in a zip-lock.
JFM posted 10-29-2001 10:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Bible, never without one. Seriously. Marriages or burials at sea.
Chris J posted 10-29-2001 12:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chris J  Send Email to Chris J     
Can of spray electrical contact cleaner (GC)
flwhaler posted 10-29-2001 02:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for flwhaler  Send Email to flwhaler     
Sea star power steering/trim tab oil
Buckda posted 10-29-2001 04:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Organizer to put small items in
gvisko posted 10-29-2001 05:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for gvisko  Send Email to gvisko     
Stainless bungee cords for tie downs in rough seas
lhg posted 10-29-2001 06:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
7/16, 1/2 & 9/16 wrenches
Clark Roberts posted 10-29-2001 06:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
"weed eater" string to clean "tattle tale" stream hole
CarlRobert posted 10-29-2001 09:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for CarlRobert    
A miner's/caver's headlamp for hands free light.
witness posted 10-29-2001 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for witness  Send Email to witness     
A sharp, sturdy knife
Dr T posted 10-29-2001 10:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dr T  Send Email to Dr T     
Marine grade velcro with adhesive backing
Tom W Clark posted 10-30-2001 12:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
small backhoe
jimh posted 10-30-2001 09:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
[Administrative post to eschew prolixity.]
JLL posted 10-30-2001 09:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for JLL  Send Email to JLL     
A couple small tubes of "JB Weld" or other fast cure-two part epoxy
hauptjm posted 10-30-2001 10:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
Spare Prop (aluminum to save weight)
dgp posted 10-30-2001 10:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
jimh, you sent me to the dictionary on that one!
NWflyfisher posted 10-30-2001 10:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for NWflyfisher    
Copy of the engine's Operation & Maintenance Manual, specifically, the troubleshooting page.
MilwaukeeWhaler posted 10-30-2001 11:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
A twenty dollar bill
Taylor posted 10-30-2001 07:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
Mechanic's rag.
tbirdsey posted 10-30-2001 08:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for tbirdsey  Send Email to tbirdsey     
floating prop nut wrench
EasyE posted 10-30-2001 08:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for EasyE  Send Email to EasyE     
To include with WD-40 and other can goods..."Quick Start" starting spray
B Bear posted 10-30-2001 10:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for B Bear  Send Email to B Bear     
spare prop nut,washer and cotter pin.
Hawaiian Bob posted 10-31-2001 02:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hawaiian Bob  Send Email to Hawaiian Bob     
How big will this tool kit end up? Lots of great ideas but where to put it all?
Makonut posted 10-31-2001 08:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Makonut  Send Email to Makonut     
Cell phone (with Vessel Assist Card)
Kelly posted 10-31-2001 12:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kelly  Send Email to Kelly     
Small retrieval magnet
acseatsri posted 10-31-2001 03:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for acseatsri  Send Email to acseatsri     
Snap-on rollaround tool box
JFM posted 10-31-2001 03:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Miniture snap-on calander. Sorry jimh 2x's
JFM posted 10-31-2001 03:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
When you edit me please correct my spelling, miniature,calender.
masbama posted 10-31-2001 11:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for masbama  Send Email to masbama     
Bottle opener (for the Heinies')
dreid posted 10-31-2001 11:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for dreid  Send Email to dreid     
A 3-ft. piece of nylon weed-eater cord is great for clearing that pee-hole in the engine when she clogs up with mud. Fishing the shallow marsh down here has its hazards. Did anyone mention taking a push pole along? We don't leave home without either.
Buckda posted 11-02-2001 01:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
JFM...sorry, but you also misspelled c-a-l-e-n-d-a-r
please forgive my verbose prolixity
JFM posted 11-02-2001 04:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Thanks Buckda. The ruler the nun used on my fingers didn't work. I was going to put knuckles but I'm not sure how to spell them. Regards, Jay
Barry posted 11-05-2001 10:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     
roll of toilet paper sealed in a ziplock bag
Arch Autenreith posted 11-07-2001 08:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Arch Autenreith  Send Email to Arch Autenreith     
bucket for the case they don't want to go swimming. (Seriously.)
InHerNet posted 11-10-2001 11:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for InHerNet  Send Email to InHerNet     
Band-Aids, good to have close by when the tool wins.
Clark Roberts posted 11-11-2001 09:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
This may be the most unusual tool I have carried aboard... a chainsaw... no fooling, back in Oct. I ran the Apalachicola River in NW Fla. and some of it's tributaries (St. Marks R., Brother's R., Owl Creek., Fla. R., Chipola R., Dead Lakes, Chattahoochee R., Spring Creek, etc,,etc.. The river sys. was very low and I had to navigate sand and gravel bars and lots of snags (ran up onto one of those buggers and had to wade and push to get free..) ... I had the chain saw packed away along with a bow saw in case a log or tree blocked my path... didn't have to use it but nice to know had it along. I put about 400 miles on my 21 Revenge/135Merc Opti and just returned from a run to St. Augustine and back (from Daytona Beach area) and still have not taken the chainsaw out of boat... need to do that! When I ran up on the snag I thought of another tool I might need... a "come-along" to winch boat off a log etc... Maybe I should just stick to the marked channel... nahhhhhh!!!! Clark.. Spruce Creek Navy

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