Basic Tools

Discussion in 'Boat Yard Basics' started by Stonehenge, Jun 5, 2014.

  1. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge I Love!

    Hello all. I have never done fiberglass work but am eager to learn. I foresee some minor fiberglass repairs, re-painting of hull, and possibly adding some casting decks in the future. What are the basic tools that one would need for these garage DIY repairs.

    Will be working on a gheenoe like boat and small sailboat.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    This is one of those questions that can lead to some major expenses.
    Yes you can use all hand powered tools for sanding, cutting and finishing,
    but power tools make it so much easier and faster. Drill, sander, saw,
    shop vac, then eye, ear, lung and skin protection come to mind, plus all
    the usual basic hand tools like files, screwdrivers, wrenches, hammer.
    Each time I start a project, I know there's going to be a trip to the tool
    department at the local big box for some specialty tool that makes the job easier.

  3. cutrunner

    cutrunner Cert. Yamaha technician

    A good dual action sanded, I perfer the porter cable. A good grinder/buffer, I perfer the Makita. A good palm sander, any brand. A shop vac, and this is very important and waaaaayyyy overlooked is a designated metal trashcan with a lid that's out in the open. When working with resins, .m.e.k., acetone, epoxy, mineral spirits etc a unexpected fire in the trashcan is a very real probability especially in summer
    be safe