In Case of Emergency

I'm curious to hear what people carry as a basic tool kit on their boat (in case of a breakdown) and methods of tool storgae to prevent rust.


Many thanks,

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 I take a tool bag with

Fri, 2018-02-23 08:06

 I take a tool bag with :

Electrical : soldering iron, solder, electrical tape, volt meter, wire strippers, wire, spare fuses, spare switches

General: LED light, rags, hose clamps, zip ties, rope, some assorted spare screws, bolts and u-bolts, wire brush, spare fuel hose, spare fuel clip, marine knead it, marine silicone

Tools : Ratchet spanners, ring spanners, adjustable wrench, long and bull nose pliers, snips, hammer, screw drivers, allen keys, stanley knife


I haven't had to open the tool bag yet (it's not really a tool bag as such, just sturdy duffle bag I found lying around the hose one day), but I keep it in the cabin, so rust hasn't been an issue for me.... yet. Although I do spray some other stuff I keep on board with lanox to help prevent rust...

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Similar to mine

Fri, 2018-02-23 11:21

I also keep a length of small diameter rope in there as well to use as a lanyard when required.

One tip I've always used myself for toolkits on boats and dirtbikes - use the onboard toolkit for doing your regular maintenance.  That way you know that the tools are the right ones, and if anything needs replacing. 




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Fri, 2018-02-23 08:37

A can of Inox, various sized Zip ties and a VHF radio that I check works as I am leaving the marina/boat harbor.
Not easy changing plugs & things on the water when there is a chop or swell happening.
Safety first, no need to hang over the boat trying do fix something that may not work anyway. Best to check all that before ya leave home.
Of course the mandatory safety gear, flares, torch first aid kit etc.


Cheers & Stay safe

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 Lost a split pin out of a

Fri, 2018-02-23 08:36

 Lost a split pin out of a steering linkage when boating 40 years ago, solved the problem with chewing gum, usually keep some of that with me.


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Tom MacGyver? That's a bloody

Fri, 2018-02-23 14:09

Tom MacGyver? That's a bloody good effort!


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Depends on boat size storage etc

Fri, 2018-02-23 11:37

 I have an unopened super cheap style Moulded plastic toolkit still in the original plastic packaging, also a Plano box full of fuses etc. when on extended trips will pack additional. Always keep the engine and batteries in good condition and log on with sea rescue. Pay a $50 dollar membership with Leeman VMR and would be happy to call for assistance if ever needed. Also run dual bilge pumps. Have a spare prop and mount kit hidden in the front somewhere as well. Plus a couple of spare keys and spare dead man clip. 

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 I used to throw my whole

Fri, 2018-02-23 12:10

 I used to throw my whole hand tool bag in on every trip offshore but I am now becoming more confident in the boat /motor so I don't carry it every trip now. However the perminant items are:

  • Leatherman
  • 1/2 drive rarchet, small extention and socket that fits the prop nut
  • Socket that fits trailer wheel nuts
  • Bearing kit for trailer hub
  • Spare flowtorq drive hub for the prop.
  • Spare fuses for every fuse on my boat in a ziplock bag cable tied into the switchbox.
  • Pack of cable ties.
  • Spare bungs
  • Roll of duct tape

Tools are in the cabin shelves in plastic bags.

As others have said, the most important tool is making sure the whole boat is A1 before leaving the marina..

If I can get it going with that kit I'm on the radio or worst case EPIRB

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 damn good idea carrying

Fri, 2018-02-23 12:48

 damn good idea carrying tools and bits and bobs. last trip out the steering hose came loose and lost a lot of hydraulic fluid , managed to tighten enough with a pair of rusty old pointy noe pliers. getting a kit together tomorrow, used to always have one out on our other boats but not this one yet, slack .


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Fri, 2018-02-23 14:41

Same here Russ, new boat & not yet set up.
Ya can't go wrong with a pair of multi grips, lock grips & a shifter. Fill the gaps in the tool box with Inox, a tube of Need-It, insulation tape,a double ended screwdriver( flat & Philips) pliers & zip ties. Should just about cover any small problem.
I also have 2 meters of rope clipped onto the winch eye on the boat with a Carabina clip. It has a loop in the other end, this is there to assist Sea Rescue attach their tow line if needed. Many times I have seen the skipper of a broken down boat have to get into the water to clip the tow line on because it is unreachable from the bow. Not good in choppy seas. Food for thought.....


Cheers & Stay safe

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Fri, 2018-02-23 14:27

I've started planning for an upcoming trip and was about to start working out what tools and spares I'd need.

Picked up a few good ideas from the above posts! 

Cheers fellas.

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 just extra bungs for me and

Fri, 2018-02-23 14:39

 just extra bungs for me and one of those lithium starter packs. 


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Fri, 2018-02-23 14:43

+1 for a starter pack. Cheaper than a second battery and it can also be used in the car if needed on a long trip....


Cheers & Stay safe

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 already have one of them

Fri, 2018-02-23 17:59

 already have one of them jump packs that has a work light , usb and cigaret lighter plug . i can run a led deck light off it that will last for hours (didnt go flat after 6 ) . 


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 Vacuum seal to prevent rust 

Fri, 2018-02-23 20:50

 Vacuum seal to prevent rust 


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Fri, 2018-02-23 23:41


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Fri, 2018-02-23 23:52

new outboards are like new cars, if something goes wrong then you have no idea until it`s plugged into a computer.

locally i carry a very basic tool kit, shifter,pliers and a few screw drivers. some tape and a few zippy ties.

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 yeah, i weas thinking that

Sun, 2018-02-25 11:43

 yeah, i weas thinking that no matter the tools i would probably be in trouble if somthing went wrong....any advice on where to leaarn some basic mechanics etc for boats ( i have very limited mechanical knowledge)...reluctant to try on mine as is pretty new and i would just stuff it up....

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Thanks for the tips everyone,

Tue, 2018-02-27 12:39

Thanks for the tips everyone, recently experienced a fuel blockage, just before the hand bulb on the fuel tank side, managed to decouple the fuel line and below the debris back into the tank. Then at home syphoned the entire tank and refuelled the tank through a filter place at the filler. Was my lucky day, I had a screwdriver onboard :-)

I carry a few different sizes of screwdrivers flat and philips, med size adjustable spanner, can of inox spray, and some pliers. They have all rusted to buggery now though and I need to replace them.

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 mmmmm being a contractor  my

Tue, 2018-02-27 16:04



being a contractor  my double up of tools now made to a boating tool bag kept in a c=ompartment in the cabin


i have had issues out at sea unfotunately due malicious intent.


some of the boys have said , multis, shifters, a set 1/2 sockets, basic electrical tools and fuses


safety gear


1) i multiple epirbs on my boat, 

    - 1 fixed in the cabin

     -1 fixed in the helm/cockpit

      - one small person epird beacon , so when i fish solo it stays around my neck at all times

2) flares to suit the standards


3) as amny life jackets as i can fit plus a personal PFD that always is worn when solo fishing at all times


4) the newest and most important a SATELLITE PHONE

    - deep dropping these days takes me to remotes places and when conditions are shitty i loose reception even on VHF , hell some of my dhues marks i lost VHF reception.





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