View Full Version : Tools and spare parts to keep in boat
02-01-2008, 08:56 AM
Looking for some advice from all you experienced Moomba owners. What tools and spare parts do you keep in the boat in case of a breakdown?
02-01-2008, 09:12 AM
I'm not a Moomba owner, YET; but that will all change here in the next couple weeks. However, in response to your question, I've always kept a five gallon gas can in my boat. This is due to each gas gauge in all the boats I've owned becomes less and less accurate the more gas you burn. I never want to have to be towed in due to running out of gas. I also keep a small tool kit complete with screw drivers, ratchets, sockets, wrenches, etc. It's also not a bad idea to have a basic first aid and flare kit onboard. Also, remember to check your fire extinguishers on a regular basis.
02-01-2008, 09:53 AM
All the above and I keep a spare impeller and spare belt. A good knife is ideal too in case someone wraps a rope in your prop.
02-01-2008, 11:14 AM
the only problem I've ran into being out on the water is overheating, which was caused by crap getting sucked into the filter.
We just keep a multi-socketed screwdriver, and 2 cresent Wreches.
02-01-2008, 12:15 PM
I keep a pair of swim goggles in the glove box. Makes it much easier to clear a rope that is wound around the prop.
02-01-2008, 12:17 PM
Think about a slit piece of hose material and zip ties. If you have a line that splits a leak you can put a temp patch with the hose and zip ties.
Also if you have a heater and the core fails keep a piece of hose to jump the water feed and return together at the block. Assorted ss clamps are always good to keep on hand. Also if you do not have dual batteries you
may want to keep a portable battery jumper onboard. Aligator clips that are wired together to jump wires, faulty ignition key or bad lanyard is not a bad idea. The CG around here does safe boating checks as well as random stops, first aid kit, flares,fire ext always makes them happy. One
thing that many dont know is a bailing device is something that they have looked for. I keep a bucket that one of my anchors in my back ski locker sits in, keeps it clean and if asked I have it. Oh and 2 anchors is wise.
02-01-2008, 01:14 PM
We have everything listed so far on our boat! The only thing we have had to use so far is the jumper pack. A too few many beers being consumed while listening to the radio too long equals a dead battery!!! Jumper pack is a must!!!
Additions to above.
A VERY strong flashlight to work on engine in the dark.
A super powerful spotlight (if you don't have a light bar) to get you home in the dark after using your flashlight to find the problem in the engine compartment only to now have to navigate home in complete darkness!! Lakes with rocks/markers/stumps/Ed skinny dipping (or chunky dunking which ever the case may be) at night are all thinngs you do not want to run into in the dark. Store a cigarette lighter operated flood light under the helm just in case!!!
02-01-2008, 01:21 PM
seein' me naked, day or night, ain't a pretty sight for anyone.
But boy do you look good CLOTHED on a wake surfboard without a rope!!! I know I am jealous!!!
02-01-2008, 01:37 PM
I thought a spot light was a mamdatory item on board. The hunting glow sticks that you snap are very handy I just started carrying them onboard last year as a flashlite always seems to conk out when most needed. It would also seem that an extra pair of board shorts might be a wise thing if
Ed is onboard. All kidding aside not a bad idea I have taken a few bad crashes and benn ankle cuffed by board shorts.
02-01-2008, 09:59 PM
ditto the knife.. overtons has a neat Marine tool kit that;s pretty affordable. wife got one last year, been handy to have onboard.
I have used the knife TWICE!! no fun. I like the goggle suggestion cuz gettin the rope off the prop aint easy..
I plan on getting batt jumper pack..
02-02-2008, 11:27 AM
A jack, pnumatic drill, bulldoser, and one of them do-hickies for opening your beer when the pop-top breaks.
Ah!.... everyone forgot the suntan lotion to apply to the wives!!!!
02-02-2008, 07:37 PM
I hate to admit it, but a diving mask and sharp knife is a great idea. It took 30 years on the water but I finally wrapped a rope around the prop 2 summers ago. In my defense, we had 7 ropes in the water when it happened. 8)
Another one that no one has mentioned is a handy little tool with various torque heads for taking the binding of a wakeboard apart. It would suck to be sitting in the water with a broken leg or ankle and be forced to kick out of a board binding. :shock:
It happens........last year I had a guy break his hip behind my boat jumping.
I have seen Marine tool kits on either Barts or Overtons and I am sure boatersworld has one. I ALWAYS take tools with me when I take my big boat into the Gulf, especially when you are 20 miles offshore. And I too will admit that after years of skiing we too wrapped a rope around the prop last year. I couldn't believe we did it and luckily it was easy to get off. Must have been my wife driving! 8) Now that we are getting a boat that has TONS of storage space (LS due in early March) it will be no problem to pack some tools and other items. In the old MC there was No room for anything except the First Aid kit and the required safey items required by law. The only storage on that boat was the glove box where I kept a couple of screw drivers and a pair of pliers.
02-02-2008, 09:39 PM
I'll admit our list of tools is limited, and those that know me, know how ridiculous that sounds. I keep a spare air and scuba mask in the boat. The spare is no bigger than a tall boy beer and can keep me under the boat for more than enough time make repairs or cut lines or whatever. I also keep a roll of some kindo fo miricale tape that wraps on itself to seal leaking hoses and lines. Years ago figured out how smart a first aid kit is to have around, in fact I keep one in every vehicle I own including boats.
Honestly, how many repairs can you make while out on the lake? A blown hose or a busted belt yeah. I carried the screw driver to adjust the mixture on the Holly Carb as the weather changed (hopefully never again with Fuel Injection). But no amount of tools was going to repair the broken driveshaft I suffered a couple of years ago. Thats what other friendly boats are out there for. I have towed many a boat home and besides skiing and wakeboarding a good inboard with a big ole V-8 is really good at that!
02-27-2008, 07:23 PM
I figured it's about time to bring this one to the top. Start checking your boats to make sure you have plenty of items to make sure you have a good day on the lake.
I was working on the boat the other evening and remembered an item I bought AFTER ruining a good day at the lake. We were launching the boat and stopped at the end of the ramp to remove the stern straps and put in the drain plug, well after I did a back roll on the slimy ramp, I managed to shot put the drain plug about three feet out into the lake.
Now I keep two spare ones in the glove box! Solid brass from wally world for about 8 bucks or so. Would have saved my day!!!
02-27-2008, 08:36 PM
What is it? a 3/8" or 1/2" pipe plug?
02-27-2008, 10:30 PM
They are 1/2 inch NPT.
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