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    Looking for something that can double as a small'ish toolbox/"go-bag" that I can keep and store under the port side bench (needs to be fairly shallow). Would stow a small assortment of tools, spare relays, fuses, etc. Something I can leverage out on the water if need be for boat camping/houseboating trips. What are y'all using? Was using a small swag bag, but it's time to upgrade. Any recommendations?
    ¡Viva 205V!
    2003 X2 MCX

  • #2
    I use one of these except it is blaze orange, not black:

    it sits right under to observer seat (fit in my X1 and in my X25), and in the top tray I keep fuses, and random small tools screws, etc. The main chamber has a tray, and is sealed with a rubber gasket, so relatively humidity proof. That is where I keep some wrenches, screwdrivers, allen keys, electrical tape, and some sealant/glue (4200), etc.

    2006 X-1 Pumpkin Orange SOLD
    2013 X25 Black, Green & Orange


    • #3
      I have an old school Craftsman 17" long toolbox thats designed to go under a truck seat. It's only 4-5" tall. Fits a decent amount of tools and fits under the rear seats. I see them on ebay every now and then but they are super expensive.


      • #4
        Wise 5601 Small Utility Dry Box

        Making boomers great again!! Boomin'


        • #5
          I’ve used a roll-up tool pouch for my boat kit and it’s worked fairly well.

          Clc Custom Leathercraft 1173 Socket Tool Roll Pouch, 32 Pocket

          I also keep a soft sided tool bag with the next level of tools in my truck for more involved work or anything special I need to transport to the boat when I’m working on something that day.


          • #6
            That craftsman box Waterlaughin was talking about is available for $6 from sears Lowes has an updated version that is a little prettier if aesthetics is a concern . Personally I like the roll up tool pouch, and if you want to keep it dry just stuff it in a dry bag.


            • #7
              im a fan of soft sided tool storage. i keep a small tool roll in our camper van, and a medium sized harbor freight bag on the boat since i carry more spares in that.
              its nice to be able to squish it down or pack it into tighter spaces.
              of course easier to find stuff in an actual tool box, but i figure space is at more of a premium than the 30-45sec extra it takes to find parts in the bag.

              if youre set on a roll, i have this one in the van and like it. the downside being once you fill it with a few tools in each pocket it doesnt leave much/any room for spare parts in there


              • #8
                I use a small, plastic Husky tool box from the Home Depot. It’s just the right size to fit under the seat, latches tight and keeps the water out. It holds a good assortment of tools plus a few spare parts (impellers, belt, fuel pump, etc.). I, too, find it necessary to have a pretty good selection of tools and parts when camping/house boating. Some spots at Lake Powell are pretty remote and help is a long way away.
                If you choose to use a bag or roll of some kind be sure it is water tight - you don’t want to find a bunch of rusty tools sitting under your back seat when you need them most.
                Last edited by Skyskiguy; 02-10-2022, 11:36 AM.


                • #9
                  Milwaukee Packout case or Apache case from Harbor Freight. The Apache cases are nearly indistinguishable from Pelican cases
                  '02 X-9
                  Lake Blue Ridge


                  • #10
                    I probably carry to many tools on board:

                    A small toolbox with plyers, ballast fittings, tape, electrical connections, impeller and puller
                    Harbor Freight tool kit:
                    An ammo box with everything to change a fuel pump (including an extra pump)
                    A Oitker clamp kit


                    • #11
                      I grabbed one of these Pelican Cases used online, less than $20. Lots of different sizes and colours, and water/drop/crush proof.
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                      • #12
                        Don't buy a set, most of what is in a kit isn't useful but often times sucks.

                        All of my boats I start with a good box, I add whatever box end/combo wrenches are needed for the plugs, drains, belts, prop etc. Usually that's just like 4 wrenches.
                        Add a 1/4" drive ratchet with sockets to fit all the hose clamps, spark plugs, drain plugs etc.
                        Add a good combo screwdriver or screwdriver set.
                        Add a good adjustable wrench.

                        Then its the parts you might need, impeller, any fuses, electrical tape, zip ties, a drive belt, maybe high quality duct tape, an emergency kit, a rechargable LED flashlight, and I almost always have a spool of good quality wire, I've almost never used it to rewire anything but have used it to bypass/jumper, and have used it as a drive belt a few times which works suprisingly well.

                        Point is most of the tool kit is nonsense.