What is the issue?Tools are stowed in lockers that can be, as often as not, less than conveniently located. Any engine work will typically involve a search for the tools that involves lifting cushions out of place and holding up locker lids whilst digging through tool boxes to find the required item.
Why address this?This slows progress and adds a degree of unnecessary frustration. Anything that makes engine work easier is welcome and makes it more likely that a timely piece of work is not put off.
How to address this?Mount a tool rack in the engine compartment dedicated to the specific tools that engine work require - see figure 1.
You will be surprised to discover the engine typically requires only a hand full of tools. It is well worth buying duplicates for this hand full of items and dedicating them to the engine compartment. A similar approach can be used with stuffing box tools mounting them in the exact location they will be needed so they are ready to hand.
Do use a shock cord and pull it tight over the tools when you are finished as presented in figure 1. Otherwise you have introduced another maddening rattle for those long rolling down-wind runs.
With thanks to:Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.
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