The modern cruising boat is a complicated machine that needs to function off the grid in a harsh marine environment. It requires constant maintenance and on-the-fly fixes that would make MacGyver proud. Assuming that your vessel has the usual tool kit of wrenches, screwdrivers and duct tape, here are useful tools to have aboard.
A good-quality magnifying glass with an LED light is often overlooked. Use one to inspect metal for hairline cracks or simply to see better when you are working on small objects.
A good multitool such as the Leatherman Wave is indispensable. Always close at hand, it can be used for opening shackles, slicing line, filing corrosion and oh so much more.
7-inch polisher with polishing kit
If your hull needs a polish and wax, a good polisher does a better and quicker job than rubbing with rags.
Magnetic LED light
Many spaces in a boat are dark. A bright LED light is a must-have in many situations — preferably one with a red option and a strong magnet. In engine-room spaces, the light often can be placed on the motor to keep both hands free for working. The magnet can also fish out the nut or wrench that just fell out of reach.
Oscillating Electric Multitool
With a variety of blades and sanding pads, a tool such as the Fein MultiMaster can make small, clean cuts and sand in tight corners.
Things fall into inaccessible spaces on boats all the time. A quality magnetic-retrieval claw with a light can save the day.