Steel Fish Tape/Snake
Beyond the basic tools we all dutifully collect and keep in our boats’ tool kits — socket wrenches, Vise-grips, screwdriv-
ers, and so on — here’s a collection of 35 clever devices that
this experienced liveaboard boater has added to his arsenal
over 40 years of doing his own boat work
BY TOM NEALE Inner Tube Cut to shape as tempo- rary gaskets, diaphragms, insula- tion, and to provide better gripping.
PHOTOS: MEL NEALE
JUNE | JULY 2013
Dental Tools Removing twine from
stuffing boxes, cleaning threads on
bolts, retrieving tiny things in tiny places are just a few on the long list of uses.
Ice Picks At least two. For snap ring
removal, hole punching, as a
cleaning tool, and much more.
Extendable Magnets For Retrieval
Perfect for getting metal objects out
of the far reaches of the bilge.
Wood Block A sacrificial work surface for many jobs. White surface
helps you see parts and pieces.
Inspection Mirrors To see around
corners. Collapsible wand is