The fact is that some things just disappear and no one knows where they go. There must be a stash of single socks and gloves somewhere in the heavens.

 The same thing happens over time on your boat. So now that you are finished or in the process of winterizing, check your onboard tool kit and spare parts to make sure none of those have disappeared into sock and glove heaven. That will give you the entire winter to either replace what’s missing or perhaps put the missing items on your Christmas list and perhaps Santa will surprise you.

Every vessel should have a basic mechanic’s tool kit onboard. This kit should include, at minimum, the following:


  • Socket set – 3/8 drive (3/8″ – 13/16″)
  • Open and box wrenches (3/16″ – 1″)
  • Screw driver set – slotted & Phillips
  • Crescent wrenches – 8″ and 12″
  • Pipe wrench – 1 3/4″ opening
  • Vise grips – 8″
  • Pliers – regular and needlenose
  • Channel locks
  • Assorted allen wrenches
  • Hammer
  • Wire cutters/strippers
  • DC test light
  • Volt/ohm meter
  • Utility knife
  • Hacksaw and blades
  • Tape measure
  • Spanner wrench(oil/fuel filter)
  • Drill and bits
  • Assorted punches
  • Spark plug wrench


  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Wire #10 and #14
  • Tie wraps
  • Electrical tape
  • Assorted screws, nuts & bolts
  • Two-part epoxy
  • Wooden bungs, assorted sizes
  • Silicon
  • Assorted electrical connectors
  • WD-40 or slick lube


  • Fuses, assorted ratings
  • Bulbs, every type used on board
  • Oil filters
  • Fuel filters
  • Air filters
  • Impellers
  • Belts
  • Hose clamps, assorted
  • Hoses
  • Flexible fuel line
  • Oil
  • Transmission fluid

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