Boat Maintenance - Tools and Equipment


Boat Maintenance – Equipment

Tool Kit

Having a waterproof or preferably airtight marine tool box on board can be extremely useful for fixing minor problems on-board your boat, from soldering faulty connections to making last-minute adjustments to equipment onboard.

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Though there is an exhaustive amount of spare parts that can be kept, here are some common ones that will suit a variety of applications -

  1. Adjustable wrench – A wrench is a high quality tool that’s invaluable for tightening nuts and battery connectors. It’s also a good idea to bring a larger forged wrench for heavier work.
  2. Screwdrivers – Carry a variety of Phillips and flat-headed screwdrivers. These are handy for various basic jobs mainly relating to loose wiring or replacing objects such as lights or fuse blocks.
  3. Pliers – Pliers are always handy and can be used as de facto spanners, hammers, vice grips and for a variety of other applications. The cutters can be used on wire or cable.
  4. Water dispersant/lubricant – A spray can of Inox Lubricant is useful for several applications including freeing up corroded bolts, cleaning away grease or oil, temporarily helping conduct power through corroded wiring/battery terminals and helping to disperse water from wiring, fuses and terminals.
  5. Grease – A tub of Lanolin or Bel-Ray marine grade waterproof grease is vital when replacing bearings but also handy when doing a whole range of DIY repairs.
  6. Electrical wire – A length of electrical wire (about 5’ long) with insulated alligator clips on each end is very useful for testing whether a wire or connection is actually working, or when you find out one is not working when needed.
  7. Electrical tape – A few rolls of electrical tape can be used to make emergency repairs to wiring as well as many other uses.  
  8. Tef-Gel – Tef-Gel is a great corrosion inhibitor to use on all moving parts to prevent corrosion from water, detergents or UV. Keeping a spare Tef-Gel syringe in your toolbox will definitely help in the long run in regards to performance and maintenance of equipment.
  9. Cable Ties – These are a must-have and should be carried by every boatie. Used as temporary fasteners, or if tidying up loose wiring, cable ties are easy to use, especially in a rocking boat.
  10. Torch – A floating LED torch or inspection light is useful if you’re a night-time boater and need some extra coverage for making changes or repairs on your boat when the sun has gone down.
  11. Spare rope – Spare rope can be used for a wide range of applications relating to fenders, winches, anchors and more; a must-have for any toolkit.
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Navigation Lights

By law, navigation lights and their installation on recreational vessels are required to comply with the positioning and technical requirements of an international agreement commonly known as the International Regulations for Preventing Collision at Sea 1972 (COLREGS).

All vessels must show lights if operating at night or in restricted visibility. Even a vessel that doesn’t travel between dusk and dawn may still need to show lights, for example, during a heavy rain shower or when at anchor.

Different lights are required based on the size of the vessel and whether or not it’s motorised but this is different in each state. Refer to your local government to find out what is required for your boat.

Maintenance of marine navigation lights is extremely important for the safety of ships and being located on the ships outside can mean they are heavily affected by water, vibrations, sun light & wind as well as wire securing.

Periodically check the light fittings for leakage of water and ensure to apply water-resistant material like silicon or putty whenever the light fitting is opened up for replacing bulbs. Ensure to use vibration absorbing material like rubber gaskets wherever possible and tighten any loose nut bolts and holders when working on a light.

Check any loose wiring connections and secure them using cable ties. Clean the wiring terminals and check them for corrosion and a tight mechanical fit.

Navigation Lights with Rubber Gasket 3M Marine Grade Silicone Sealant


Rope and Lines

Inspect any ropes and lines for any wear or damage caused by dirt or salt and make sure to frequently wash with fresh water.

For a more thorough cleaning, soak your rope in warm water mixed with a mild detergent. Add a small amount of fabric softener to soften and use a front loading washing machine; otherwise, wash your rope in a mesh bag to avoid tangling. Rinse thoroughly and hang to dry in indirect sunlight.



Latest Boating Guides

Boating guides have been developed for popular boating locations and contain local marine safety information including boating hazards, facilities, speed-restricted areas, water-ski, PWC and closed water areas. Most guides are available in PDF form that you can find through your local government.

Choose the state you’re in below and click the link to find the latest boating guides in your area:


Latest Boating Stickers

Registration numbers must be affixed as follows:

  • Power boats – Midship on the side or superstructure, clearly visible and not under the flare of the bow (numbers to be 150mm tall).
  • Yachts fitted for motors – On the side of the hull immediately forward of the transom (numbers to be 50mm tall).
  • Tenders – Must have parent vessel’s number on each side, forward of the transom. The registration identification label is to be fixed to the port (left) side of the vessel, next to the registration number.



Recreational Skippers Ticket

You should notify the Department of Transport within 21 days if:

  • Your details have changed, such as a change of name.
  • Your card has been lost, damaged or stolen.

That's it for now, stay tuned as we'll have our final maintenance blog out soon to teach you how to keep your boat trailer maintained and updated for taking out to the boat ramp.

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