A common issue when doing rigging work on older boats is that, more often than not, previous owners and various marine tradesmen have made questionable tool decisions. A quick example is dealing with a Sta-Lok fitting that has been mangled because someone used the worst tool known to man to tighten or loosen it.
I’ll be honest and admit that I have quite a few Vice-grips and once in a great while I’ll use one in dire situations or an emergency. That being the case, I’ll also say that whenever I do there is almost always damage involved. On a boat, unless it’s a steel boat and welding is involved, a pair of Vice-grips are seldom, if ever, the right tool for a job. Especially where rigging and rigs are concerned. Add the fact that nothing screams TYRO like a tool bag full of vice-grips unless it’s a t-shirt that says…
HEY, I don’t know what I’m doing!
Which is why I have an inborn negative set of emotions where locking pliers and wrenches are concerned as they all have that Vice-grips vibe. Like this one…
I recently saw another rigger using one of these 10″ Crescent locking wrenches and raving at how good they are so went to Walmart online and bought one and damn I’m impressed as hell. Fact is, I liked it so much that I also bought a used 8-inch Craftsman clone of it for under ten bucks on ebay. Offhand I’d say that one of these really should be in your rigging kit right along side your two 10″ Crescent wrenches.
On another tack, nothing says climate change like the addition of a new Category 6 level to the Saffir-Simpson scale which is some serious shit to be sure.