Matt’s TOP 10 Gizmos and Gadgets

Shortly after purchasing YOLO, I realized that I didn’t know jack about shit (boats) and all of the associated systems. A year later…I still have A LOT to learn but feel like I have a much better grasp of what makes a boat float and function. The following is a list of items that have proven to be VERY helpful, if not essential, to all of the work I (we…CoCo has been working too) have accomplished so far. Here they are in no particular order. Simply click the image and you will go directly to the Amazon page and the exact item. ***If you do purchase from the links we have provided, we get a TINY kickback from Amazon that goes towards the kids boat-schooling fund.***

This may be the most used tool on the boat. Really handy when you are deep in the engine room and realize you need the flat head instead of the phillips, or a different size! I think I have to give credit to Michael on s/v Del Viento for suggesting this tool on his blog.

Kinda like the CHAMWOW but mucho mejor and excellent for just about anything that needs mopping up, cleaning, etc. It really is amazing how much water this thing can hold.

Have used this on countless occasions to label all kinds of stuff: cockpit instruments, engine limitations, thru-hull identifiers, electrical panel, etc. We got ours at Costco but this one looks pretty similar.

Yup, gotta have this on a boat, no question about it. Remember, you have 12V and 110V systems that will require troubleshooting and testing.

If you want WIFI on the boat, then this is one of the better options out there.  There are a few more components to this, so email me with questions about YOLO’s WIFI and hotspot setup. Also, my friend Matt at helmhounds.com has a great article on this particular setup with some instructions as well.

The almighty heat gun. Since we can’t have a gun on the boat in Mexico, this was our next best option. NO, not really. But if you are trying to slip a sewer hose off of a fitting that was installed in 1986…you gotta have this. Also nice for heat shrinking waterproof electrical connections.

If you have to do any kind of electrical wire work, then step up to a ratcheting crimper. World’s apart from a basic set of crimps.

 Goes along with the crimpers and heat gun above. Nice assortment of waterproof heat-shrink terminal connectors.

Stainless Steel screw assortment. It seems that Mexicans do not believe in stainless steel hardware. 98% of the hardware stores down south do not carry stainless steel. Not sure why, particularly in these coastal towns. Back in the states, Harbor Freight is another good option to find variety packs of stainless hardware, though not sure how long they would last.

I call this the MPD Mastclimber. I was too cheap to pay for the one that is sold as a nice kit, under the name ATN Mastclimber, so I made my own.  if you don’t trust your First Mate to safely get you up the mast…this is a must have. There are a few more bits and pieces to create this, email if interested.

I started out with an Energizer “El Cheepo” headlamp. It just didn’t cut it. This is the one to have if you like to light it up.

So I guess I am a little over the TOP 10 count. But here are a few other things to have on your list, most of which I sourced on Ebay:

  • Large assortment of Stainless steel hose clamps
  • LED lightbulbs to retrofit your boat lighting…make sure you figure out what kind of bulb, base, etc they are
  • Viber app on iPhone or Android. Great way to make nearly free international calls.
  • Ratcheting pivot wrenches. Pretty expensive but can really make certain jobs a lot easier…still on my wishlist.

We may just have a weather window tomorrow! Will post an update via Facebook if we are a go.

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One thought on “Matt’s TOP 10 Gizmos and Gadgets

  1. Mary Strasser

    Glad to see/hear that all you guys hard work has paid off and you are across the sea. We hope to say hello as we are again in LaPaz. Do it while you are young, the experiences you will remember, the hard stuff will fade away, kudos on the Tetas climb, and Nacapule!

     
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