The key to a successful voyage is being well-prepared with the right tools and equipment. Having a set of reliable cordless tools onboard can make all the difference in ensuring a smooth and enjoyable journey. Whether you need to make repairs on the fly, perform routine maintenance, or simply have a tool on hand for unexpected emergencies, investing in the best cordless tools for your yacht is a must. Continue reading to dive in and learn about the best!
The list of jobs we can accomplish with just a crack team of essential tools is pretty impressive. In this buyers guide I share my choices of best cordless powertools for boats and a few ways I’ve used them onboard my own yacht and in the workshop.
Sooner or later, no matter how competent or incompetent you think you are with a power tool, you’re going to be wishing you had a cordless tool of some sort. Be that something to make repetitive unscrewing or re-screwing less tedious or perhaps you’ll be trying to do something that requires a bit of lateral thinking and ingenuity. Here’s a guide to the best cordless power tools for boats and their alternative uses.
The Cordless drill
Every boat should have a cordless power drill stored in a dry place, ready to deploy.
You don’t need us to tell you how to use a cordless drill for drilling holes in things do you. But have you thought just how versatile this tool can be in your inventory for other jobs?
The most obvious use, other than drilling holes in things is to screw and unscrew things, or to bolt and unbolt things. Long bolts with a small hex head can be quickly drawn home using the slower speed setting and a hex bit.
Clarke CPP3000B Drill Powered Pump
For just a few pounds you can pick up a portable mini pump, which can be used in a variety of ways around a boat and simply attached to a cordless drill.
Norton Round Shank Preparation Brush Set 3 pieces
When prepping my deck surface for a new nonslip matting to go down, I first needed to wire brush it and prepare for the regluing.
I picked up a range of different shaped wire brushes with drill bit attachments and interchanged them as I detailed around the deck recess using my favorite cordless drill. One battery on charge while the other was working away.
Cordless Angle Grinder
MAKITA DGA513Z 18V LI-ION LXT 5″ BRUSHLESS CORDLESS ANGLE GRINDER – BARE
Oh Makita we love you so. No tool line-up is complete without a dash of Makita.
A premium branded grinder should give years and years of good service. If you have already bought into the Makita system then this grinder is an easy add on. This full sized grinder inspires confidence. If someone pulled this bad boy out of the locker during a dismasting and was looking for volunteers to wield it, I’d have my hand up without hesitation. 110mins charge time.
Cordless rotary tool
DREMEL 8220 SERIES 12V 2 X 2.0AH LI-ION CORDLESS MULTI-TOOL
This nifty tool has a drop out rechargeable battery and comes with a carry case and a box of tool attachments that will equip your for most tasks you’re likely to encounter. The fine motorcontrol is good, allowing a wide range of speeds and there’s so much info online showing how to use the tools attachments that you’ll never be bored.
90 minutes charge time