Four Hand Tools I Should Have Bought Years Ago

Those of you who have been readers for a while know that I'm a bit of a tool freak. That said, like most cruisers, I also tend to be conservative about stuff that costs money (cruising is expensive enough without being frivolous), takes up space, and adds weight to our boat.

And I like to think that after some five decades of maintaining boats, I'm pretty smart about balancing those conflicting needs well.

But this year I have been engaged in one of the most complex projects I have ever tackled—more details in a future article—during which I upgraded four of my tools.

And after using those new tools I realized that I should have bought them years ago, since they add to the quality of my work and make it go more quickly and easily, too—truly a win, win.

Here they are:

John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for 25 years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 20 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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