$19.99 | www.walmart.com
CRAWLING AROUND in the bilge trying
to fix something is bad enough … there’s
no reason to make it worse by holding a
flashlight in your teeth. There are super-
expensive, rechargeable, gazillion-lumen
headlamps aplenty at the outdoor retail-
ers, but this one gets the job done nicely.
Its several settings include a red LED, so
you can use it on deck at night without
blinding yourself and everyone else.
CORDLESS IMPACT DRIVER
$189 | www.acetoolonline.com
CORDLESS DRILLS have been a necessary
part of the tool kit for decades for just about
any drilling or fastening task. The current
crop adds the functionality of an impact driver, to take care of any stubborn holdouts you
might find in, say, the engine compartment.
The Makita is particularly compact, which
should help a little in getting to that one fastener that won’t come out, usually located
as far as possible from any decent access
point. Who the heck designs engine
compartments, anyway? Seriously, why
would you put that there?
ANCOR MARINE DOUBLE CRIMP TOOL
$75 | www.amazon.com
IF YOU DO YOUR OWN WIRING, this is the way to ensure
solid connections. Proper marine terminals are a good bit more
expensive than the ones you get at the auto parts store, but that’s
because they have to put up with a lot more abuse.
Spend the money once and use the time you
would’ve wasted tracking down wir-
ing flaws to, oh, maybe go boating.
LINDER BOAT KNIFE
$122 | check www.linder.de/en (to find a dealer)
WE DON’T USUALLY GET EXCITED about knives, but this
one is a thing of traditional beauty. The Linder boat knife is patterned after the sailor knives of yore, with a wide back made for
cutting rope by laying the knife across it and striking the back
of the blade, and a blunt tip to cut down on grog-fueled knife
fights. Comes with a marlinspike that should be big enough
for small boat needs, and a sheath, so you can use it with one
hand while you hold on with the other in a Cape Horn gale.
DEWALT 4.5-INCH ANGLE GRINDER
$59 | www.homedepot.com
THIS IS THE REAL WORKHORSE of boat maintenance. Small
enough to keep under control, this baby will find a purpose no
matter what your boat’s built of. Sanding disks for shaping
wood or metal, grinding wheels (try not to lose the
safety guard, which is usually the first thing to disappear), wire brushes (stop putting those on your drill,
please); there’s even a chainsaw-blade disk, if you
feel you currently have too many fingers.