I keep the following on my boat. Doesnt take up any room and is always good to have:
Phillips and flat head screw drivers
Complete socket set
extra spark plugs
Pliers(needle nose and linemans)
don't forget toilet paper
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Block of wood (short 2x4 for removing prop)
spare boat plug
first aid kit
I'm probably missing some other things but this list is a good start. Everything is arranged in two small tool boxes. I use my boat from inland lakes to Lake Michigan...
you can substitute a simple 12v test light for the Fluke multimeter.
I just keep acquiring them over time.
This is my 16th year of boating.
I use a phillips more than anything to adjust the bimini and replace running lights (keep the bulbs of course.)
Other than that a standard tool box with the usual stuff you would need to work on an engine of any sort.
Odd balls worth mentioning is liquid PVC. I've found nothing better for that fast wire splice done conventionally with nut then seal it will the liquid PVC. Makes a join that won't corrode down the road due to the moisture. Handiest probably is the Coleman Camper multi-tool. This I keep right where I can grab it. 90% of the jobs you seem to need to do is practically nothing and nothing is better than a $8 tool that if you drop it in 80ft of water, no big deal. I use it as my catch all knife and even the pliars to pull hooks out. It beats going to the box to give this a fast tighten or whatever. I keep Marine apoxy on board. Every now and then, you find the need to secure something in the bilge like a fish finder sensor etc. Plastic ties are another staple that come in handy.
Nothing comes in more handy than paracord. I still keep spare anchor line but the little paracord is so strong, thin, but still hand friendly that it comes in handy for a million uses. Most of them I quess are for hanging stuff in the water like a minnow trap, minnow bucket, even to pull up my collapsible bucket for washing the deck.