The must-have items for any dedicated windsurfer’s tool box, and the only way to ensure you are ready for what ever breakages may come your way!
Duct tape: Will fix anything, FACT! From boards and sails, to bodies and bags. Duct tape is definitely a windsurfers best friend. If you don’t have the perfect tool for the job, you can be sure a bit of duct tape will help you bodge it almost as well!
Clear tape: For repairing small tears in mono film, small tears will lead to big tears if they’re not dealt with! Stickers always work really well as a quick fix.
Rope: Various lengths, for replacing snapped or about to snap outhaul and downhaul. A length of rope should also be part of your on water safety kit.
Footstrap screws: A spare footstrap and a spare harness line too. There’s nothing worse than having a brilliant session but having to stop because one of these essentials has died on you!
Fin bolts: Worse case scenario is forgetting or losing your fin bolt, even duct tape cant bodge this one for you. Also worth having a spare bung too, just in case it’s misplaced after flying.
Ding stick or two pack epoxy resin: Can get you back on the water in no time after a run up the beach or across the reef!
Spare UJ: The bit of kit we can’t go windsurfing without, whether it’s to replace a broken one or a forgotten one, a spare UJ nut is also useful.
Silicon spray or WD40: To protect pulleys on mast foot and boom, and to keep any moving parts moving! Good for zips on kit bags too.
Neoprene glue: For wetsuit repairs, easy to do and will prevent small nicks getting bigger if left.
Heavy duty needle and thread: For sail repairs, especially to the luff tube and when a sticker just won’t do.
Sharp knife: For cutting rope either to size or actually out of something!
Lighter: To stop the ends of rope from fraying. After you cut a new piece of rope for your outhaul, for example, without burning the end and moulding into a point you’ll be fighting a losing battle to get it through the cleats and pulleys.
Screwdrivers: Flat head and cross head. They need to be good quality and the correct size. Cross head is used for footstraps so it’s important you can do them up tight! If you have a US box fin, you may need to check to see if you need a smaller one.
Long nosed pliers: For extracting broken battens. If this does happen there’s simply no other way of getting the buggers out!
Mole grips: great for getting hold of stubborn bolts.
Allen key: Most manufacturers now provide a batten tensioner with their sails, but it’s always good to have a spare allen key around too.
Fine sand paper: Brilliant for fixing minor damage to fins. This is not good for a complete reshape, but will smooth of the odd nick.