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Emergency electrical power
If you flatten your battery, unless it is a particularly small engine that can be cranked over manually, you will be without engine power and be crippled for power aboard.

Invest in a fid if you are splicing
Splices make rope work very much simpler. However working ropes through each other can be slow work. This is especially the case when working with large or very tightly wound ropes.

Removing a broken off bolt or screw where a remnant of the shaft still protrudes
Bolts and screws like most every fastening, have a tendency to seize up on boats due to the challenging sea going environment.

Releasing seized wood screws by heat
Screws, like most every fastening, have a tendency to seize up on a sea going vessels.

Removing a protruding sheered off bolt with a stud remover
Bolts, like most every fastening, have a tendency to seize up on boats due to the challenging sea going environment. They can often sheer off when load is applied to the head.

Releasing seized screws by impact
Screws, like most every fastening, have a tendency to seize up on a sea going vessels. Engine casing bolts can also be set in place very tight making them difficult to loosen and unscrew.

Dealing with mechanical and electrical problems aboard
Boats although appearing to be simple are deceptively complicated devices to operate as they are made from a wide range of disparate products. They have engines and engine, fuel and exhaust mechanics, they have fibre glass construction, plus they have sails and sail work. They have a host of very complicated electronics, ranging from depth sounders to radars, to VHF transmitters to electrical lighting aboard and batteries to store the energy in. They have metal parts that range from alloy rigging to stainless steel to bronze and brass. Some metal parts are fixed others are fluid such as rigging wires interlaced with ropes of different grades and types for specialist applications all held to together with turnbuckles or loaded up with blocks and winches. And the list goes on. This then is deposited in an environment of overwhelming forces that is damp and corrosive. The result is a lot of time fixing a wide range of items that are often complicated and hard to pin down.

Convenient tools for engine work
Tools are stowed in lockers that can be, as often as not, less than conveniently located. Any engine work will typically involve a search for the tools that involves lifting cushions out of place and holding up locker lids whilst digging through tool boxes to find the required item.

An adjustable wrench that locks on
Sliding wrenches and spanners have a tendency to roll off tight nuts.

Releasing sheered off bolt with a 'easy-outs'
Bolts and nuts, like most every fastening, have a tendency to seize up on boats due to the challenging sea going environment. Apply just a touch too much pressure and the heads can sheer off leaving a seized and often inaccessible bolt shaft.


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