Keep your bits and pieces

This man and his dog are fixing the head on a foreign marina. It’s ten-to-one he won’t have the spare he needs, but fortunately he has a serious tool kit and he’s shipped a load of assorted bits and pieces. If a diesel injector goes down, there may be no cure except a reconditioned one, but many gear failures can be cobbled up with the most unlikely items of hardware. All tiny nuts, bolts and screws nestling in the boatyard dirt should be pocketed and stowed aboard, no matter how irrelevant they seem; so should pinless shackles, lengths of brass strip, springs of obscure origin, short lengths of armoured piping, washers, a bicycle inner tube, any item of plumbing and, most important of all, a bent wire coat hanger.