Two weeks ago we posted a blog with our choice of 4 “boat box essentials.” That sparked a lot of debate about what should and shouldn’t be a must-have when you hit the waves. So we opened up the floor to other people’s suggestions.
Scouring Reddit’s boating section, here’s some great insight:
Frank: “Aside from assorted tools, these have come in handy: A Siphon (a tube with a small attachment so you can easily shift fuel from various containers. I find it cleaner and easier than using a cone or funnel- stops fuel from spilling everywhere), a Socket Set (sized for spark plugs), Lighters and a Bungee chord.”
Anthony: “Depending on what state you live in – I’m in Michigan) – you legally need flares and a working horn. If your boat doesn’t have a horn, then buy a portable air horn. The Phillips head screwdriver gets used a lot on my boat. I would say just buy some sort of multi-tool. Finally, if your running a power boat – even though it isn’t very portable – I would highly recommend a portable battery charger. In my experience, marine batteries are not the most dependable, especially when you have radio, fridge and air conditioning running.”
Afotey: “Neighbor down the road talked me into one of those cheap low end Harbor Freight battery/jumper units. Not only do we have some battery backup power, but also a method to at least get the engine started if the battery takes a poop.”
Brett: “Always pack an extra prop nut and a floating prop tool! It’s already saved me one day on the lake!”
John: “Shroud cutters are a life-saver when you need them. A rubber mallet is ALWAYS good to have too.”
Bob: “Just had an incident yesterday that added a new tool to my list! 5/8 spark plug wrench and (mine happens to be 5/8 also) a socket to fit the crankshaft on the boat! lets just say water in the engine is a very bad/hard fix without the two! Let a teenager drive, he cut the throttle too quickly and flooded the engine. I guess when a boat engine diesels it can suck water back through the risers. Yeah, it sucked….”
Clement: “I stayed out way past sundown this weekend and really wished I had brought a good flashlight. I ended up using the flashlight app on my phone which worked, but boy was it hard to find anything in a messy cabin with that dim light. I also added glow sticks to the list for the future.”
All of these tools fit perfectly into one of our marine-grade fiberglass or polymer dock boxes – and, as you can see from the comments, have helped save more than a few stranded boaters.
What are your “Must Haves” for the boat box? Let us know in the comments below.