021 | Wire feeler gauge. The more common flat blade type has to be inserted exactly perpendicular to the spark plug to be accurate. A little off and the gap is wrong. No such problems with wire.
022 | Anti-seize.Put some on the threads of your spark plugs and they will never get frozen in place. A one-ounce tube for $3 will last forever.
023 | Stubby nine-LED flashlight. LEDs give a dazzling light. The shorter the better for close quarters. Mine is by Blackhawk; dropped from a flying bridge and still works.
024 | Alphanumeric stamps. Cheap ($10) theft insurance. Take a hammer and stamp a code or your name on anything made of metal on the boat.
025 | Nitrile gloves. Not latex. It's not as tough as Nitrile and some people are allergic to it. Permatex offers them for about $15 for 100.
026 | Goop. Best all-around fast and easy-to-use adhesive in my shop. Don't spend more for the special "marine" Goop. It's the same as the regular stuff.
027 | Kroil. The king of liquid bolt looseners. Hard to find in stores, so go to www.kavolabs.com.
028 | Autosol. The ultimate metal polish for tough jobs. For finer polishing use Simichrome.
029 | Starbrite Marine Polish. Like a wax with a tiny bit of abrasive. Cleans and shines. Hasn't harmed any surfaces I've used it on.
030 | Novus Plastic Fine Scratch Remover. Does what it says better than others. After that, use Novus Clean and Shine (800/548-6872).
031 | Self-fusing tape. Often called Atomic Tape. A stretchy silicone rubber that has a death-like grip and is almost completely waterproof. I use it for hose repair and as a chafe guard for hoses and wire. Much better than vinyl electrical tape.
032 | Dentist picks. Not really for dentists, they just look like it. Good for poking, scratching, and grabbing. Go to www.generaltools.com.
033 | J-B Weld. Patches, fills, bonds, and covers anything metal. My outboard has holes in the antiventilation plate that are plugged with it from eight years ago. This stuff holds.
034 | Goo Gone. Hate the goo left behind by tape, decals, labels, or glue? This gentle liquid gets rid of it. Also cleans the surface.
035 | Anhydrous lanolin. A grease similar to what you'd find in raw lamb's wool. Ask your druggist for a small pill jar full. Put it on threads of shackles and they won't seize in place.