Tool box for the boat

Discussion in 'Sport Boats' started by The NY Dad, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. The NY Dad

    The NY Dad Member

    52
    Jul 10, 2017
    Arizona
    2010 185 sport
    190hp 4.3l Mercruiser
    I want to put together a toolbox that will be kept on the boat. I plan to put a prop wrench and torque flo kit in it, along with a #2 phillips screwdriver, flat blade screwdriver, ball peen hammer, 6" and 8" crescent wrenches, groove joint pliers, a set of combination wrenches, a 3/8" socket set, a leather man tool or swiss army knife, and electric tape.

    As far as wrenches and sockets go, if I remember correctly my 77 GMC pickup with a 4.3 l engine had both metric and SAE bolts, is that the case with a marine 4.3? Any need for hex keys?

    Anything else I should include, I can't get to carried away because the 185 doesn't have an over abundance of storage.
     
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2017
  2. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    I have not run across any metric bolts on my 4.3, I keep a set of hex keys but don't recall ever using them. In addition to what you have listed, the other things that have come in handy:

    1. Volt meter.
    2. Spare fuses.
    3. Blue block and manifold drain plugs.
    4. Wire ties.
    5. Light - one of those small free ones from Harbor Freight

    I keep these along with a small assortment of screws, nuts bolts, hose clamps etc I have collected in a plastic compartment bin that fits in the toolbox - that little bin has saved the day a few times.

    If I have a specific project or repair, I will put a set of tools together and bring from home, the tools that stay on the boat are cheap, but they get the job done. I keep it to a small tool box and the socket set. I have a 5gal bucket that I keep at home, any little "things" that I need to take to the boat go in the bucket and the bucket goes with me back and forth to the boat to the boat. I also secured a milk crate and another bucket in the storage areas on either side of the engine to hold cleaning supplies etc that I leave on the boat. Sounds like a lot but it really isn't and I always have the basics on-board to clean or make a small repair.
     
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2017
  3. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    Best Tool:
    Just make sure your insurance covers towing and make sure to have phone numbers for TowBoatUS or another service in your phone.
     
  4. trflgrl

    trflgrl Active Member

    909
    Jun 23, 2014
    Middle Tennessee
    1989 Sundancer 300
    Twin 350 Merc/Alpha 1 Gen 1; Quicksilver 4.0 gen
    Headlamp so you have two hands free to use the other tools!
     
  5. The NY Dad

    The NY Dad Member

    52
    Jul 10, 2017
    Arizona
    2010 185 sport
    190hp 4.3l Mercruiser
    Thanks for all the great ideas everyone I will definitely add all these items. I have a couple questions though.

    Little Ducky by towing coverage did you mean towing on the water, or towing on the highway if something happens to the truck or trailer? Wy daughter set up this insurance, I'll have to ask her about coverage.

    BillK2632 I'm not familiar with blue block, what is it, and can you tell me what size and thread the manifold drain plugs are. I also plan to get a couple spare bilge drain plugs.
     
  6. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    Tow on water.

    There are some insurance companies that don't really spell this out in their coverage and then some do.

    If you don't have On Water boat towing you might need to add it for piece of mind.

    If you look at USBoat you can just buy on water towing for $149 or it's even less if you have GEICO boat insurance. They use a service called TowBoatUS. I had to call them out once for a jump at 9pm on a holiday weekend...... it would have cost about $400 but with this coverage it was $0. Using their smartphone app they know exactly where you are on the water when you request help.

    My current insurance company has in water towing so I would still call the local TowBoatUS folks but would have to pay out of pocket 1st then submit to my insurance company for reimbursement.
     
  7. Island Time Buffalo

    Island Time Buffalo Member

    172
    Aug 19, 2014
    Grand Island, NY
    380 Sundancer 1999.
    7.4 Horizons
  8. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    The blue block drain plugs - they are blue plastic wingnuts - they are prone to break and leak.
     
  9. trflgrl

    trflgrl Active Member

    909
    Jun 23, 2014
    Middle Tennessee
    1989 Sundancer 300
    Twin 350 Merc/Alpha 1 Gen 1; Quicksilver 4.0 gen
    I renewed my BoatUS membership recently and it was $72 including unlimited on-water towing. I assume rates may vary somewhat based on region/ocean going or not, but I agree it's money well spent for peace of mind.
     
  10. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    http://www.boatus.com/towing/services.asp

    Excellent thanks for the correction .... I saw $149 on their web page but for fresh water towing is $72 ....... even better yet.

    For that price you can't afford to be without it.
     
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  11. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    A small inspection mirror is extremely useful. I also have an inspection camera but have not used it much. Its good for looking behind bulkheads.

    I think my bin of spare stainless screws, washers, bolts and nuts as well as my electrical bin with assorted connectors, wire of various colors and gauges, fuses, bulbs etc. are very handy.
     

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