Think small and think minimalist.
Lugging a whole machine shop around with you is a lot simpler if you've
restricted yourself to a mini-mill/-lathe, especially if you're driving a
1-ton dually and dragging a large-sized fifth-wheel RV.
For the U-Drive-It crowd [Class "A", "B", and "C" motorhomes] a modest shop
can be set up in a cargo trailer.
Sailboats are a whole 'nother world: far more limited space, far more
limited weight-carrying capability, a virtual absence of electricity, and
the simple fact that sailboats travel on their sides...
When on the road with my dually/FW combination [21' of truck and 38' of
trailer], I limit myself to hand-held power tools and hand tools. These I
carry in a set of 4 Stanley tool boxes [used as organizers] within a
cross-bed Al tool chest. They are organized as:
Ratchets & Speedhandles
Files & Rasps
Spade and Forstner bits
Hammers [Ball Pein, Drilling, Sledge]
Between the Stanley boxes, the Al box also holds a hand-held electric drill,
a "drill press attachment" [that actually works reasonably well], a Dremel
Detail Sander, a couple of 4.5" grinders, an electric circular saw, and a
bunch of other "stuff" including a 10'x13' screen tent. <grin>
In a rear storage compartment of the trailer is my Dremel gear including
several grinders with most of the available "goodies" from plunge router to
drill press, planer to saw.
Oyea, my compressor [Porter-Cable C3151] rides by the truck's tailgate.
When "Shore Power" isn't available, I just fire up the 7KW Onan generator
mounted in the front of the trailer.
Hopefully this may give you a few ideas...
Only motorsailers under power and sailboats with furled sails will be
Otherwise the wind pressure against the sails cause the mast(s) to lever
the boat towards the downwind side.
About the only time a sailboat can remain upright while under weigh is on a
downwind reach - usually with the sails at right angles to the wind and the
skipper praying that the wind doesn't suddenly increase sharply. <grin>
FWIW [metal content] that wind-pressure-lever force is what prompted the
invention of the Lead Keel to counterbalance that force...
Most sailboats have a design heel angle. It is usually pretty shallow, at
10-20 degrees. At that angle the waterline is at its most advantageous
(typically at it's longest), the keel is still able to do a good job of
holding lateral movement, and (probably most importantly) the sails are
where they are gong to do the most good... in the air catching wind.
Timely topic for me.
We are trying to equip our sailboat without sinking her at the dock.
That's a pretty decent startling point.
No way to take the shop aboard. Even a hiobby level garage based shop.
No drill press, band saws, chop saw, welding stuff, angle grinders, etc.
There just isn't room or displacement to do Noah's Arc of Tools.
So we do the best we can.
Organizing stuff is the biggest challenge. There is no place to store
everything together, so the tools and materials get spread out.
I found a bunch of small zipper bags (9" long x 2 x 3) that neatly hold
Wrenches (SAE and Metric), sockets (1/4" drive, 3/8" - metric and SAE),
drill bits (separated large and small) and driver bits, hex wrenches, etc.
Dorothy got some "fabric paint" at the crafts store and neatly lettered
the bags. These are packed into tool bags - as logically as possible.
It makes finding the tool you need quickly a lot easier. Makes it easier
to re-pack them as well.
Add specialty tools for the engine (29 HP Yanmar diesel and a small diesel
Cable cutters that can actually cut up to 1/4" stainless cable and
"BB" chain links.
Come-Alongs A couple of smaller ones and a honkin' heavy duty one.
I think I want another big one specifically for hauling in chain anchor rode.
Use them like nippers to the capstan - like in the days of wooden ships (and
ratchet straps - 1-1/2" and 2" strap - in various lengths, but a few extra
long ones that can go all the way around the hull.
"Yankee" screwdriver with extra flat and Phillips blades.
A hand operated drill - (brace?)
Several sizes of fine files for smoothing nicks in aluminum mast or boom.
Multimeters and light bulb style continuity testers.
Power tools are a problem.
In emergencies you might not have power to run them!
So I have two Ryobi battery powered hand drills and 4 batteries.
(on aboard and one at home - but if we go cruising, both will go)
Two (hand powered) wood saws and a hack saw with extra blades.
Line and cable tools.
Fid and rope splicing tools.
Cable clamps for the rigging cables, nicopress tool (big squeeze - not the
little bolt operated one), thimbles, collars, etc.
Epoxy sticks that cure underwater - 1 dozen.
We have no pneumatic tools at all on the boat - yet.
Not sure we will - but time will tell.
If we move her down to the coast, I plan to add a small Honda generator
(~3000 watts) and a tiny Honda gas powered pump - 1" hose (from Northern Tools).
These are portable life insurance.
Even though they are gasoline powered. The outboard on the dinghy is gas too,
so there is already some gasoline aboard. (outside - on the fan tail - with
Still looking at a Hooka or "super snorkel" set up for working on the
bottom. Gas powered? or Electric? The electric one draws 830 watts
(10.5 amps - 120vac 60 cycle) I think that's the stopper on electric.
On and on, the list grows longer and heavier...
The question, of course, is what will you actually NEED - vs want.
They are quite different.
First off since I didn't see the original post, are we talking hobby
workshop or fix the boat in the middle of nowhere shop, as they have
quite different requirements.
Second off, on your hookah setup, in the interest of saving space and
weight, I'd suggest you home-brew this one as a combo unit, combining a
small Honda gas engine with both a small water pump and a small oilless
air compressor with filter to feed the hookah. This should save weight
over two separate units. For the hoohah part you just need a suitable
oilless compressor with filter, and a normal SCUBA second stage
regulator on a long hose.
Also, 830W is 6.9A, not 10.5A which is probably starting surge. Either
way, a Honda EU2000i will run that, My EU2000i runs my camper A/C of
similar spec just fine.
I came across that very question while writing the above.
Are you a machinist afloat? You'll need a Navy support vessel to
carry a full machine shop.
Or are you a sailboat with some repair/make capability?
These are pretty much off the shelf items - at least at the local Northern Tools
store. Keeping them separate gives the greater flexibility.
The AC/DC den set can make power to run bumps and stuff, while an engine driven
pump can go anywhere anytime - all by itself.
I like the hooka suggestion, Pete.
My only beef with the oil-less compressors is NOISE (huh?).
But a way to compress and store air would lend itself to a home brew hooka.
The store-bought one is priced in Boat Units!
I noticed that. Their web specs.
I was thinking about running off of the house batteries - with an inverter.
You couldn't dive without the genset running...
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