Marine Tool Kit

Storing a marine tool kit on your boat will enable you to handle fishing boat and trailer repairs you will be most commonly be faced with.  Chances are you have a nice tool chest at home - but are faced with the question of which tools to take with you on your fishing outing.  The tool kits described here provide you with the most common tools - such as screw drivers, wrenches, pliers and all sorts of electrical repair tools.

GreatNeck MS125 Mariner's Tool Set, 125-Piece

This kit shows a good assortment of marine tools needed for most common repairs.  As you can see this small kit contains long nose pliers, adjustable end wrench, tire gauge, battery brush, phillips and flat head screw driver, socket set, wire cutting/stripping tool, and cutting knife.  Other kits will also provide a hammer.  Don't expect professional grade tools from these kits.  Modestly priced, they are designed to store compactly and provide you routine tools for normal repairs.  One tool that can be handy to bring along is a lithium battery powered drill.  It is easy to fill in missing pieces when you include these two kits in your packing.

Rust Resistant Marine Tools

The two most common ways manufacturers provide tools that are rust resistant are to make them from stainless steel or a chrome or chrome-vanadium plating.  When purchasing a tool kit for your boat be sure to ask for tools made in this manner.  Spraying a light coating of silicone spray, light oil/gun oil, or other rust inhibiting substance from time to time will further protect them from moisture and prevent oxidation.  Also note in the picture above the rubber seal on the tool case to inhibit water from getting inside.  This is a nice feature since humidity and water will be in and around your boat when being used and especially when stored at a marina.

Marine Tool Kit - Electrical

Maintaining battery and trailer connections and trailer lighting is first of all a matter of safety.  Secondly, this marine electrical kit will cover additional types of maintenance and repairs.  Commonly needed will be an assortment of connectors, wire cutters, wire strippers, connector crimpers, extra fuses based on your electronics and fuse box, electrical tape, extra 10-14 guage wire, and electrical connector grease called dielectric grease. Using dielectric grease and heat shrink connectors will help keep dirt and moisture from causing corrosion in your electric connections.   Excellent additions to your marine tool kit.

 Wire Stripper and Crimper  electrical connectors

Cambridge 399 pcs Electrical Repair Kit

A good starter kit which you can use to fill in and replace used parts.  Foldable yet both sides can be open at the same time.  Also great for motorcycles, trucks, boats, jet skis, snowmobiles, etc. Contains: Crimping tool, 5 way,  Insulated Screwdrivers: 1- Phillips #1 x 4", 1 - Slotted 5/32"x4", Long Nose Pliers 6", Voltage Tester (AC/DC, 3.5 - 400 Volt) Cable Ties: 250 pc - 3/32" x 4", 6 pc - 3/32" x 8", Assorted Velcro Ties 4 pc 15/32" x 5-3/4", Wire, 18 Gauge x 60", Electrical Tape (7mil x 3/4" x 30'), 1 pcTest Leads, 1 pc Fuse Puller, Blade Fuses: 2 pc of each 10A, 15A, 20A, 25A, 30A, Glass Fuses: 1 pc of each 5A, 9A, 10A, 15A, 20A, Assorted Wire Clamps: 10 pc - 1/8", 3 pc - 1/4", 3 pc - 3/8" and many more connectors

Boat Trailer Clearance Lights

Most boat owners will keep at least one replacement light for each type of light they have on their trailers.  Keeping one for right and left brake/turn lights, and 2-3 extra clearance lights is a good idea.  You never know when a rock will break one or simply burn out - and if it is after hours or there simply is not an automotive store near where you are traveling you are able to fix the light simply and quickly.

Optronics AL90RS Amber Mini Thinline Sealed LED Clearance/Marker Light

These waterproof single diode clearance lights are designed  to be replacements for original incandescent lights, measuring  2-1/2"W x 1-3/16"H x 1"D.  Mounting base is not included and unit is designed to fit into your existing mounting base.  handy to have these extra lights in your marine tool kit.

Heat Shrink Wrap

Heat shrink wrap over wiring is a valuable option to consider.  This wrap will keep wires reasonably water resistant.   This is best described as plastic sleeves or tubing that when heated will shrink and protect connections.  This helps protect from moisture and dirt getting into the connection and also from coming apart.  You will need the shrink wrap material as well as a heat gun, shown above.  These are an asset in your marine tool kit.

Wagner 0503008 HT1000 1,200-watt Heat Gun
Assorted Sizes Heat Shrinkable Tube Wrap Wire Kit 300 Pcs Eight Colors

Electric Connector Protection

The two most useful electrical connector protection items are: dielectric tun up grease, and battery terminal protection spray.    Add these to your marine tool kit.

Permatex 22058 Dielectric Tune-Up Grease, 3 oz. Tube
CRC 05046 Technician Grade Battery Terminal Protector - 7.5 Wt Oz.

Voltage / Ohm Meters

 Voltage  Meters / Ohm Meters are helpful to identify open circuits, wires that are connected, and measure the voltage that is getting to electrical connections.  They will also tell  you if your batteries are good down to and including button cells.  You will be surprised how often you reach for this meter.

Etekcity MSR-R500 Digital Multimeter, Amp / Ohm / Volt Meter, Multi Tester w/ Diode and Continuity Test, Red

Putting together your own Marine Tool Kit that covers the majority of your hardware and electrical needs will not only make for peace of mind, but will serve to keep you on the water longer, keep you safer on the trip to and from the lake, and also let you focus on bringing home more fish.