on board tool set....

Discussion in 'General Maintenance/Repair Questions' started by CliffA, Feb 16, 2018.

  1. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    there was a fairly recent thread (can't find it now) concerning the types of tools members keep on board their boats.....I currently have a cheap set from Harbor Freight on board but I am going to put that set in my truck....I found this set on Amazon I like better for the boat....it is SAE only and includes the basic tools I would normally use including a 12V tester light....it is pretty compact (about the size of a piece of paper) so I think it will fit nicely in the storage compartment next to the captain's seat.....it got good reviews and I especially like the comments about the quality of the socket ratchet handle as being of good quality...in cheap sets of tools I have noticed the ratchets are usually of questionable quality....and the set is very inexpensive...

    just thought I would share in case someone else is looking for a basic set of tools to keep on board their boat....


  2. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
  3. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    Both are good choices for a standby box to keep in the boat.
    Another good place to get something is Home Depot. The Husky tools are reasonably priced and pretty good quality. Especially for the money.
    I bought one of those “sets” in the plastic cases for the boat about 10 years ago. I used it in addition to a plastic tool box to keep other tools that the “set” didn’t have in it. The plastic case the “set” came in fell apart so I replaced it with a Husky tool bag which gave me room for more tools.
    Now I keep more hand tools on the boat than some guys have in their garage. Every time I think about lightening the load a bit I can’t narrow it down.
    It’s a sickness.
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  4. 2000SR380

    2000SR380 Member

    Feb 17, 2014
    Emeryville, CA
    2005 Sea Ray 280 Sundancer, Express Cruiser
    Two 5.0L Gas Mercruiser V8, B3 Outdrives
    I am working out the tools for our "new" 2005 280 Sundancer. I think either of the tool sets above would be a handy base for odd jobs. I think the craftsman one is more complete, but also much bigger. You have to consider available storage, the size of boat, the length of voyage, and the mechanical ability of mariners aboard. On our sailboat I had the necessary tools for the fuel filters, fan belts, etc. secured to the fittings in the engine compartment. With power I still think it is important to imagine what jobs you might attempt underway, and have those tools (or repair items) handy. Emergency plugs for wayward through hulls, Rescue Tape, Black tape, tie wraps, coolant, oil, extra fan belt, etc. Whatever tools you might need to change a hose, change a thermostat, change a belt, or secure the occasional loose wire, fitting, or screw.
    My mantra is "the best tool in my tool box is maintenance". Our Harbor Master says fixing your boat at home is called "Yachting". Fixing your boat in more exotic locals is called "cruising". My thinking is..., I get 15 Days of the 360/year for "vacation". I want to fish and drink beer and soak up sun, not fix the head or repair my cooling system.
  5. M Prod

    M Prod Active Member SILVER Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2017
    North Vancouver, BC
    2005 340 Sundancer
    Aquapro Dinghy w/ Honda 8hp
    Kohler 5KW Genny
    Raymarine Electronics
    8.1 Horizons /V Drives
    I've got this set on my boat. (got it up here at Canadian Tire for less than $100 on sale) Seems to have most everything I could ever need, and probably some tools I never will. I also carry an oil filter wrench, a volt meter, and water pump pliers (never know when the packing on a rudder might need to be tightened)

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  6. be_prepared

    be_prepared Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 12, 2015
    Mattapoisett, MA
    2002 Sea Ray Sundancer 340DA
    Twin Mercruiser Horizon 8.1 inboards
    Cliff, I know you have a similar boat to mine, have you ever bumped into anything that was metric on our generation 340DA? I know you have different engines, I have the 8.1 Horizon's. I think my socket set is just SAE and don't recall having a problem, but I haven't had to do too much other than basic stuff. I have a boatyard do all the annual maintenance so I'm just trying to cover stuff that I might be able to fix if I broke down, and normal in season stuff like filters.

    Thanks, Ron
  7. wayne0

    wayne0 Member

    May 4, 2014
    Newburyport, Ma.
    2000 340 Sundancer
    Twin 7.4 ltr.V-drives
    I like that, as it doesn't have a bunch of BS you don't need just you bump up the tool count.
  8. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions

    I don't remember running into anything metric yet.....I do keep some metric tools in my dock box just in case....that is why I liked this set since it is only SAE and it includes a 12VDC test light which I use frequently.....I received my set over the WE and I have to say I am impressed with the quality of the tools (especially the socket ratchet) for the low cost....and the set is small and compact.....

    I also carry other stuff in the ER such as a filter wrench, emergency repair tape, JB weld putty, fuel/water filter and some spare parts for items that are known to fail with some frequency such as IAC valves and starter slave solenoids....I don't go crazy on stocking up on tools and spare parts on the boat because we boat on an inland lake....if one engine goes down I can get back to my slip on one engine or worst case call BoatU.S. for a tow.....I keep my dock box stocked with various tools and spare parts so I can make repairs at the slip when needed....

  9. CaptRonn

    CaptRonn Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 25, 2016
    Sea Ray 440 Express Bridge
    Cat 3116TA
    My "starter" kit, but I'm still adding to it.

  10. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions

  11. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    Umm. It looks like you're missing a screw.......driver ;)
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  12. tomk

    tomk Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    360 Sundancer 2002
    8.1 Horizon's
    Point Of interest 8.1 Horizon do have Metric I Learned the hard way best to be prepared I Was not thank god friends with metric tool save my but

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