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Rubber Mallet

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Five Tools Every Boater Should Carry: Rubber mallet

Yes, it’s true. Even on your beautiful Hinckley, something eventually gets stuck, and to unstick it you have to get physical. But physical shouldn’t mean abusive. A typical carpenter’s hammer, or even a machinist’s hammer (which you should also have onboard), will generate metal-to-metal impact that can bend, fracture, and break. A rubber mallet is a more prudent, less impactful choice that will allow you to apply a sizable force to an object without damaging it. And besides, if the force it generates isn’t enough to do the job, you can always escalate. I have an 18-ounce Stanley, for which I paid $20, that has gotten me out of a lot of scrapes—without magnifying the problem I was trying to fix.

Rubber mallet

All five of these tools should cost you no more than $110 total, which as we all know, is a pittance in the world of boats. For that small price, they will get you out of many a jam, just as they have done for me.