When size does matter
Just for fun the other day, I ran a little poll on the Zero to Cruising Facebook page asking readers the question “what were the last three tools that you used on your boat?” Interestingly to me, several people listed a crescent wrench. It was interesting because I had just gotten finished using a big 15″ crescent wrench myself (to open a seized shackle — a different story altogether), but even more so because, while I do keep a few crescent wrenches of various sizes on the boat, I seldom ever use them. I tend to think of adjustable wrenches as tools to use when you don’t have a properly-sized box-end wrench (spanner for the Brits, or Grenadians). Given the number of crescent wrench responses, perhaps I am mistaken?
I love this socket set!
On the subject of tools, I’d like to say how much I love the socket set pictured here. I have a couple different socket sets on the boat but this one, manufactured in Germany, includes among other useful things, sockets up to 32mm! When we were in St. Maarten picking up our new tender I took note that the mechanic at Budget Marine was using this particular set. He told me how perfect it was for him so with that recommendation, we asked our friend Bas to source one for us. Thanks, Bas!
While most things on the boat are small (10mm seems to be a popular size), there is the odd item that is much larger, hence the need for big wrenches and sockets. I remember a particular cruiser going boat to boat in Cane Garden Bay asking to borrow a large socket because his boat’s prop was coming off. Only we had a socket large enough to help him (from the set pictured above). In this case, size did matter!