Cruiser’s Tool Kit—Wrenches

Our new set of hand tools. Not complete yet, but close. And there are some items not pictured, which I will cover in later articles.

As I explained a few weeks ago, we let all our tools go with our McCurdy and Rhodes cutter, and so I'm now in the process of putting together a whole new kit for our much smaller and lighter J109.

If you did not read that article on the power tools we selected, you may wish to do so now to really understand our selection criteria.

That said, the key takeaway is that we must always guard against putting too much weight on a cruising boat, regardless of size, while still being as sure as is practical that we will have the tool we need when something needs fixing.

In this, and the next few posts in the series, I will share how Phyllis and I are balancing those two conflicting criteria.

Let's start with wrenches.

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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