Become the do-it-yourself king
|10 November 2011||Posted by Alex from Lagoon under Technical world|
Each skipper has a special interest for one specific element of his / her boat: the toolbox! Indeed this artefact can save you from many bad situations, ranging from a simple screw to put back in place to the complete dismounting of the engine starter to change the carbon brushes. It is hard to describe “the tools list” for the perfect toolbox because each person’s abilities and boat characteristics vary a lot. Nevertheless, you will find below some thoughts from talks with our “sea water do-it-yourself experts” at the shipyard.
At the first glance, I have to admit that the do-it-yourself spirit on a boat represents different skills: you should be at the same time a plumber, an electrician, a mechanic, a ship’s chandler, a woodworker … This means that every personality should be able to find his/her preferred tools in the toolbox, which of course adds more weight in the boat. Having said that, the weight dilemma can be solved if you adapt the toolbox to your boat (by removing the unnecessarily tools) and if you do not care too much about the help that you could bring to boat friends.
Among the tools which we do not always think of but which are very useful , we have:
– A rubber mallet: allows hitting without damaging the teak or the gel coat,
– An angled adapter for your screwdriver,
– Vice: which becomes a third hand,
– An electric tester because without it you cannot do much,
– A teflon spray: to make everything slide as necessary.
Besides these tools, here is the general tool list recommended by our in house boat delivery team. Of course, it must be completed and refined according to the size of the boat: the adjustable spanner for the shrouds of a Lagoon 380 is not the same as for a Lagoon 620!
Sets of Allen and Torx keys, set of screwdrivers, set of spanners, wrench, scissors, cutter + blades, pistol with Sikka and Silicone cartridges, electrician adhesive tape, masking tape, filter keys, a wood grater, a wood saw, a hacksaw + blades, petroleum jelly, grease, a hammer, electrician clamps, plumber’s clamps, absorbent cotton, sandpaper, electric tester, battery operated screwdriver.
And you, what is your favourite tool ?