Avast, mateys! We are headed out on the bright blue bay this weekend, I hope, though unlikely to be out of sight of home. (edit: scratch that plan... Our Hero is on call. Drat.) Anyway, before we attempt our first shake-down mini-cruise of 2015, it occurs to me we ought to have a more organized approach to maintenance, both physical and mechanical, than our current inventory of whatever got left aboard from the last construction project. Spare bilge pump and switch. check. Screwdrivers, wrenches and such. So what's in YOUR tool box? What should be on every boater's list of Important Stuff to Have Along for the Ride?
We've noticed that most of the stuff in the pre-fab first aid kits are cute, but relatively useless. We have assembled a very small first aid kit, including such surgical necessities as superglue, scissors, a couple of disposable hemostats, useful in many non-surgical tasks, tape, tweezers, bandaids, H2O2, cling gauze. There's medical stuff that's good to have around, like Tylenol #3 that isn't too far out of date, aspirin and Mylanta, an old spare stethoscope, for the one of us who knows how to use it, ... surely there's more.
What do you think you need to feel properly equipped?