12 volt multi-tool Black
and Decker multi-tool has changeable heads for a drill, jig saw and sander, and
another version had a router, and circular saw. The battery life is not
very good so I hook it up directly to a cigarette lighter wire it to the
location where the battery connects.
Sail repair goodie bag (Spare for every fitting and
Volt meter. Make sure you have a good volt
meter so you can check voltages and voltage drop. The hands free
option is nice when trying to handle multiple wires AND the meter at
the same time. A
clamp current meter is
a very easy way to measure current and I've used it to debug where
current is flowing in my solar/wind charging system. You need to
clamp a single lead (+ or -) but not both in order to make it work.
It also helps debug alternator problems, if you have AC current
flowing from your alternator DC output then your diodes are starting
Multiple tool bags: I have four
small ones. One for wood
tools, one for wrenches etc. They are easier to organize than multiple tool boxes,
and it's easier to find things. Have
basic set of tools (two screwdrivers, adjustable wrench, long nose
pliers, slip joint pliers) readily available (mine are in a small bag in
the companion way). Also keep my wrenches in as small
rollout pouch bag which is easy to bring
to the areas you are working on. If you've got the room, a nice bag with
internal pockets would be nice. Buy stainless if possible (Seafit
makes some but I'm not sure of the quality).
corrosion inhibitor (Bullfrog is one brand); they come in various
forms including cards you can add to your tool bags, sprays you can coat
your tools with etc. If you donít they rust in no time.
12 volt Electric Snorkel is very useful for bottom Cleaning.
It could also double as a fun way to explore reefs and passes with
the addition of an external battery (and placed in dinghy).
It is also useful in an emergency to get untangled from fishing nets (all
over SE Asia), or to get untangled from a large ball of 200lb
monofilament fishing line that gets entangled in your prop and shaft
in croc infested waters (been there - done that).
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