A screw fell out of my glasses yesterday. I was outside and never did find it. No problem, though, as I got out our eyeglass repair kit and found a replacement.
The whole episode made me add one item to our list of stuff to get for Barefoot Gal: an eyeglass repair kit.
It suddenly struck me that this might be one of the most important pieces of gear on the boat. I’m pretty well blind (worse than 20/200) without my glasses.
I couldn’t safely walk around the deck, let alone steer, check a chart or try to repair anything else without my glasses. And while I do keep a spare pair of glasses on hand, they are my old ones and not in the greatest shape themselves — and I really prefer my polarized Transitions glasses (read about them here) that I now have, especially in the shallow waters where we’ll be cruising.
Anything that we need to buy for the boat I’m adding to a list and will get it once we’re down there (space in the car is really limited . . .). Much will be bought on Amazon (love that free Prime 2-day shipping — we’ll get our money’s worth this year!) after we get to the boat and can have it delivered to us right in the storage yard (where we’ll be DIY-ing a bottom job . . .).
Here’s the kit that I have at home; it’s worked well and had everything we’ve ever needed, so I’ll be getting another one. Note that if you get this one, it may first appear that many of the screws are defective as they are smooth topped. Don’t worry — they screw in via friction and there’s a place on the screwdriver that works perfectly on them. It’s also got nose pieces and itty-bitty “bolts” with nuts that work well if you strip out a screw (and yes, it’s got a tool for the wrench).
- Sunglass/Eyeglass Repair Kit from Amazon
Two quick tips:
- If you get this kit, stick the box in a Ziploc as it can open pretty easily and spill all those tiny little parts.
- I dab a bit of clear nail polish on the head of the screw after screwing it in — it acts as very inconspicuous “Loctite” so that I hopefully won’t lose the new screw. Yes, clear nail polish has also been added to the list . . . sigh.