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Bigshot posted 11-08-2001 11:11 AM ET (US)   Profile for Bigshot   Send Email to Bigshot  
I am going to take the Montauk(and my wife) on a trip for our 4th anniv. this weekend. I put together a toolbox last night for the trip and to keep for the boat. Man it started getting crazy. I was actually gonna bring a spare rope starter in case my SPARE broke. I was thinking of all that was posted and looking at my bench and then thinking what is in the shed. Half hour more and my console would be filled. I drew the straw at a spare fuel line and bulb, etc. Geez we've created a monster.....IT'S ALIVE!
whalertim posted 11-08-2001 12:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalertim  Send Email to whalertim     
we might have to hook up a small boat behind the Montauk just for the tool box.
dburton posted 11-08-2001 12:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for dburton  Send Email to dburton     
I also try to take my boat some where special when it's my anniversary. We've been together almost four years.
andygere posted 11-08-2001 12:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
The one size fits all tool in my toolbox is the kicker motor....100% redundant!
lhg posted 11-08-2001 01:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I agree - the toolbox-in-the-boat thing can get out of hand. Remember it only has to function out on the water.

With over thirty years of Whaler-Trailer boating behind me, I pretty much carry every conceivable tool/thing I would need, both for boat and trailer, BUT MOST OF IT STAYS IN THE CAR. For me this has worked, since if something serious goes wrong, I can always head back in to fix it.

So, years ago, I went to Sears and bought a little black plastic tool box, about 5" wide and a foot long. This goes into the console, and into this goes only the basics, for things to fix out on the water, like loose screws, etc. The box contains 2 sizes of both blade and phillips screwdrivers, an adjustable wrench, a pliers, 3 conventional wrenches, 7/16, 1/2 & 9/16, and a small wire cut/crimp tool. That's it.

In a sandwich sized ziplock bag, which goes into a cooler seat tray, are the misc electical items I may need, like fuses, a small coil of wire, elect tape, assorted wire ties, connector assortment, anti sieze lube, silicone caulk & a pocket knife. That's it.

Try it, you will find it works, and leave the big, heavy, bulky stuff behind in the car/truck.

Chris J posted 11-08-2001 03:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chris J  Send Email to Chris J     
I agree that it is easy to carry too much stuff. I limit my toolbox to what will fit in a canvas roll-up, about 5" dia and 8" long. It has always been adequate, but then, I don't go anywhere unless the boat is basically up to par.

I also have a "boat box": An ammo case that holds the handheld GPS, boat registration, keys, BoatUS card, handheld air horn, fishfinder head, and first aid kit. When I leave the boat it goes with, so there is nothing expensive to get stolen. It is always packed so I can go for a ride without hunting for stuff first.

I leave a few things on the boat all the time: One oar, the throwable PFD, a can of spray contact cleaner, and a few other expendable odds and ends. The VHF is permanently mounted.

All told I can clean the whole mess out in 10 minutes... and do so every now and then just to make sure the Revenge isn't getting too fat. Surprising how much crap can accumulate in a couple weeks.

WantaWhale posted 11-08-2001 05:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for WantaWhale  Send Email to WantaWhale     
Speaking of toolkits, can anyone recommend a kit itself? I have very little storage space (whats under the lift up seat). I went to west marine and they had a watertight box but it was $135.00. I did find a very small one at Boat us for $20.00. It's nice but i can only get my Standard 460 vhf in the thing. I need a place for my GPS (recently found out garmins are not waterproof despite what their ad's claim). Also want space for a couple of screwdrivers, plug wrench, a couple of spare plugs, pliers and emergency pull starter rope. Any suggestions?
David Ratusnik posted 11-08-2001 06:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
I had the same problem this afternoon with this "toolbox" thing stuck in my head. I agree with Bigshot, it's a monster. After teaching class this a.m. I decided to play hookey, heck, 70 degrees, bright blue sunny sky, with little wind and the Banana River ICW like glass. Took the Outrage out for a spin but before leaving my dock I thought just how inadequate I am relative to all the items I just don't have in my toolbox. I have always doubled up on the Coast Guard safety items but now I will have to study that list then head off to Boat US and Home Depot. You guys lay on a mean guilt trip. David
andygere posted 11-08-2001 07:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I keep my tools in a roll top dry bag that I purchased for about $7 at REI. It's the clear type so I can see what's in it. It stays bone dry and takes of very little room in the console of my Montauk.
jimh posted 11-08-2001 09:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
With a trailerable boat you shouldn't be too far from the car, so as lhg points out, the trunk is the spot for all the big tools.

I thought the "toolkit" thread was interesting, and I did get a few new ideas from it. A couple of items mentioned were a bit over-the-top, but most were pretty good.

triblet posted 11-08-2001 11:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
For the tool kit itself: Rubbermaid
immitation Tuperware. You can get it at
the grocery store. My boat tools live in
one. Tools I expect to use.

The "I hope I never need this" stuff (first
aid kit, hand held to VHF whip adapter,
charts, stopwatch, etc., live in a Pelican



Chris J posted 11-09-2001 11:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chris J  Send Email to Chris J     
WantaWhale: When I mentioned an "ammo case" in my last post what I really meant was a plastic ammo case clone that I got at Wal-Mart. Real ammo cases are made of steel and will rust.

Plano makes a couple of nice waterproof boxes like that. I bought an orange one for my sailboat from Boater's World for $16. It is 11.5" x 7.5" x 13.5" and has a removable top tray. The Wal-Mart box I have for the Revenge cost less but isn't quite as well built.

Buckda posted 11-09-2001 12:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Chris J -

You can pick up a waterproof "ammo box" at any army-surplus store. They made one for 50 caliber rounds that is constructed of heavy plastic and a rubber 0-ring around the lid. It snaps down water tight, floats, etc...and has plenty of room for a small first aid kit, handheld gps or vhf and the "basics" by way of tools and fuses, etc.

I use mine as a "dry box" for canoeing and camping too...and I think I spent $10 bucks on it.
It's rugged...I swear you could run over it with a Ford Expedition and not break it.

I don't own a whaler yet, but it'd fit well in the console or under the seat.

Dimensions are roughly 18" High by 12" wide by 6" deep (when stood upright) Comes in one color: Camo Green (of course)

JFM posted 11-09-2001 12:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Buckda, do you know if any store sells that ammo case online? I'd like to pick a few up. As to running over them with a Ford Expedition, make sure it doesn't have Wilderness AT's. Regards, Jay
andygere posted 11-09-2001 01:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I use one of those Plano ammo-style boxes to store and transport my GPS, Sonar and handheld VHF. I cut some egg-crate foam to pad the interior, and to separate the devices. When I go down to the boat, I just grab the orange box and I know I have all my electronics ready to go.

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