Recommended tools to have on board a yacht

01 Dec Recommended tools to have on board a yacht

We are often asked for advice regarding the equipment that is required to have on board a yacht. When conducting a yacht delivery we are always careful to ensure that there is sufficient equipment for the proposed passage.

 Sailing Tool Box

The toolkit/spares can be as extensive as you wish as you never quite know what you might need. Here is our list of minimum recommended tools/spares for a cruising yacht:    
  • Screw Drivers
  • Socket Set
  • Adjustable Spanner
  • Hacksaw
  • Mole Grips
  • Multimeter
  • Oil Filter Wrench
  • Stanley Knife
  • Whipping Twine
  • Sail Repair Tape
  • Electrical Tape
  • Spare Fuses
  • Spare Bulbs
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Telescopic Magnet
  • Zip Ties
  • Jubilee Clips
  • Fuel Filters
  • Oil Filters
  • Engine Oil
  • Gearbox Oil
  • WD40
  • Impeller
  • Engine Belts
  • Torch (ideally head torch with red light facility)
  • Bosuns Chair or Climbing Harness
  • Bolt Cutters

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  • Richard Jepsen
    Posted at 15:41h, 02 December Reply

    great list. I’d add misc lengths/diameters of shock cords with and without hooks; fifty feet of 1/8″ nylon cord for small lashings

  • Andrew Geddes
    Posted at 09:53h, 04 December Reply

    Plus (since you never know what the owner would have left aboard):
    Allen Key set
    Assorted sizes of wooden bungs
    Spare hacksaw blades
    File for metal
    File for wood/GRP
    Coil of electrical wire
    Handheld GPS +charger (or Navionics on a smartphone)
    Phone charger or USB cable
    12V plug 1>2 adaptor
    12V USB adaptor with 2 USB sockets
    Handheld VHF +charger

  • Dave Andersons
    Posted at 21:09h, 27 December Reply

    100 feet of 9/32 spectra
    Duct tape white best quality
    4 3/8″ forged stainless bow shackles
    1single high strength block 4000 to 6000 swl

  • John Elliott
    Posted at 18:23h, 16 February Reply

    And the most important of all: a metal coat hanger.

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