Now here’s a really good idea, and it fits in your pocket: The new Snap Tool Multi-Key from Davis Instruments. The Snap Tool also fits in your palm, and you can use it to twist, cut, pry, snap and take care of any number of tasks and jobs onboard.
The patented Snap Tool is the Swiss Army Knife of boating tools, a toolbox of its own. It has three metric and four SAE hex wrenches, slotted and Phillips screwdrivers, a scraper and a recessed cutting blade. No fewer than three deck plate keys open just about any deck fill. A shackle tool unscrews pins, even corroded ones. A button snapper, un-snapper and zipper tool are pain-free answers to problems with canvas. (How many fingers have you bruised trying to open, or close, that aging side curtain?)
You can keep the Snap Tool right at hand; a lanyard hole means you can wear it around your neck. And at the end of the day, when the boat is tied up, the bottle opener helps you enjoy life on the water.
The Snap Tool is 2.75 inches wide and 4.48 inches long, about the size of a playing card. It’s thicker than deck plate keys, but it weighs only 2.8 ounces. And it’s made of hardened 304 stainless steel to resist corrosion. Cost: $13.99. Read more: