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Chap posted 09-28-2001 11:33 AM ET (US)   Profile for Chap   Send Email to Chap  
It states that if anything can go wrong, it will go wrong.
I notice that many posts deal with specific repairs etc., after one gets back to safety to cope with them. Maybe we could generate a list of "emergency at sea" problems and their solutions to at least get you home safely. Possibly even repairs that could escalate a situation that should be avoided. A list of helpful onboard tools happened but not many applications. I am familiar with generalities regarding boats and motors as most here are but sometimes a simple, unknown at the time, solution could save the day, maybe even a printable list could be generated. For example, the motor quits, check the fuel supply, is there fuel, disconnected lines, blocked lines, etc. Sometimes these tidbits are lost among the threads, like removing the thermostats to obtain more water flow to an overheating motor. I'm talking about "live and learn" items people may want to share from their memory banks not brand name specific repairs. Even embarassingly simple repairs at sea would be welcome by some I'm sure, as they are rarely shared elsewhere :).
A thought.
Dr T posted 09-28-2001 01:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dr T  Send Email to Dr T     
My number 1 tool is a knife with a significant serrated blade that can be opened with one hand. I use a Sypderco Navigator. My last use was cutting fishing line off of the prop a fellow who fouled my trolling.

Number two is a multitool (Leatherman, Scharade, Gerber, etc) with a GOOD wire cutter. My last use was cutting the barbed end off a hook that had gone through one of my fingers (Stop cringing, it was only a number 10).

Interested to see what others carry.

jimh posted 09-28-2001 02:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Regarding tools to carry onboard: test them out first. I bought a small Craftsman toolkit (in a nice vinyl pouch) that had about 40 sockets. First time I tried to use it I discovered that the fastener I wanted to remove required a deepwell socket. Nothing in the toolkit would be useful for that application.

I have concluded that it is better to carry a small number of precisely the right tools for your needs.

As it turns out, ALL the fasteners in my outboard can be removed with a single 10mm deepwell socket. The other 39 sockets in that toolkit are just dead weight.

If you think you have the proper tool onbard to perform some task, try it out first and see. You may learn something!


Dick posted 09-28-2001 04:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Good point. I recently blew a tire on my truck and when trying to change it discovered that the factory lug wrench didn't fit the lugs on my custom wheels. Like you stated 40 sockets don't do you any good if they don't fit the application.

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