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of the most over looked must have for the boat is tools. Any tools
needed to make emergency repairs to almost any component to ensure a
safe day on the water.
for one over the past few years have run into issues for needing tools
to repair my boat while either pre-fishing or during the tournament. I
have encountered several other anglers that have needed the same.
my boat, I carry several tools along with the necessary quick repair
parts. Here is a list of what I have and carry with me at all times.
instance. If I spin a hub in my prop, I have two options. One I can
remove the prop and try to pound out and install a new hub, (does not
take but two minuets in a Mercury style prop usually). Or, I can
simply install my spare prop and fix the hub later. Knowing what kind
of prop you are running and what can be done incase of a problem, i.e.
hub, is something that everyone that fishes needs to know. Quick
thinking can save both time and money and get you back to fishing in
well pumps that are cartridge style simply either snap out and push in
or twist out and twist in. Rule pumps snap in and out, Mayfield pumps
twist in and out. You
never know when a pump may quite or break so having a spare is a must!
a depth finder quits by breaking a wire "this has happened to me
several times" it can be fixed and get you back to business
within minuets. Having wire cutters and extra terminals to repair the
wire is the key to a quick repair.
tape and wire ties, I always have these in case of an emergency. You
never know when something might come loose or break and you need to
temporarily repair it.
motor rope. Always carry a spare. The rope usually breaks at the time
itís most needed. In a tournament or when you are in a hurry. Also
the spare props and drive pins for the trolling motor. If you break a
prop blade, it is really nice to have a spare.
of these tools and equipment fit into a waterproof tool box except for
the prop of course. Nice and handy to have in case of emergency.
ran into a fellow competitor in the locks this year that was towed in
because he hit a wing dam and his boat would not move. After checking
it while waiting for the lock to fill we found that he had spun a hub,
bent a prop shaft and damaged the prop blades. I asked if he had a
prop wrench, spare hub or prop. The answer was no. I tried to remove
the hub but could not. I installed my spare prop for him to use. He
started his motor and the boat was moveable. We both went on our way
for the day and he made it back to weigh-in without further problems.
story just goes to show that if properly prepared, having a small tool
kit and some of the necessary equipment to do on the water repairs may
help save the day.