Date: 15 October 2015. Rescue Tape
Rescue Tape I've
been a believer. It's great stuff and costs just ten dollars a roll.
Rescue Tape is something you absolutely NEED to have aboard your
boat. You might even want more than one roll. As for self on
Seaweed, one is sufficient. Still, I might move up to two rolls,
just so I will always have a spare one on hand.
use of Rescue Tape came back when I had Beast. Beast, my gasoline
engine, had an exhaust hose that was not well secured. It slipped
and the belt from my alternator started to wear the hose. The hose
developed a leak.
two options: Replace the hose or wrap it in Rescue Tape and call it
good. I secured the hose so it wouldn't again rub the fan belt, then
used the Rescue Tape. As you can see in the next picture, the stats are impressive.
UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES go cheap
with this product. I've seen the knock-offs and they are not
the same. The thickness was about half of the real thing. It
did not adhere well. Also, there was nothing on the packaging
suggesting it could withstand 500 degree temperatures.
Self-Fusing Silicone Tape (1", Clear)
You know me if you're
read my website for any length of time. I'm all about saving
money. In the case of
Rescue Tape I
believe you absolutely must have the real thing. I prefer
clear so I can see through though I've used white on Beast.
Tape could literally Save your Boat one day.
Back when I was in
Steinhatchee I met a Westsail32 (Thursday's Child) that had a leaking stuffing box.
That is serious and could easily have resulted in the boat sinking.
The owner had tried to seal the leak but was unsuccessful. I gave
him my partial roll of Rescue Tape and he was able to stop the leak.
Thursday's Child (as shown above) probably has a new roll of Rescue
Tape aboard for his spare parts inventory. The Rescue Tape enabled
him to buy time before haul-out and repair. The tape definitely
solved his problem in the short-term.
A while back a friend at a nearby dock asked for my
help. He'd run his engine and the diesel overheated. Of course he
shut down immediately. When the owner opened up the hatch, there was
oil everywhere. First things first, he refilled the oil.
That was followed by a quick clean
up. (Full cleaning would occur later.)
Next he asked if I'd come aboard
and look to see if I could see where the oil had originated. A
cursory look did not turn up anything apparent. Then he turned on
the engine. It only took about ten seconds to locate a split oil
line. Problem solved. At least the diagnosis was made...
Sometimes we are fortunate and
what might have been an expensive repair turns out to be not-so-bad.
Replacing the hoses is not a cheap item. Still
it could have been worse. Hoses are a lot less costly than pumps.
If one hose is bad,
in my view it's time to replace all hoses.
That is the first thing I did for my engine when I bought Seaweed.
And a couple that
looked okay, turned out to be not-so-good on the inside.
event, while in the engine compartment I noticed a problem that was
Serious. A raw water intake hose had a split in it. The spray was
not large, yet, but the potential for a catastrophic failure was
THISclose. And the situation quickly got worse.
thru-hull had not been *exercised. It would not close.
*Exercise: To exercise a thru-hull you open and close it. There
is a handle and they do get stiff over time. I open and close
each of mine once a month.
was that hose. It needed to be sealed immediately. Fixing the
thru-hull is next, followed by replacement of the hose. But first
Stop the water
from coming in!
a job for me as I fit best down there. Being petite has it's
advantages on a boat.
sprayed hose with cleaner. Then I washed it with Dawn detergent.
(Don't go cheap with those knock-off dollar store imitation dish
soaps. Dawn gets sudsy in salt water and we want this hose
clean.) Last, I poured fresh water over the hose to rinse it
The theory was to clean the
hose and get rid of the salt water. The boat owner was able to
hold the hose in a position so the spray of salt water was
smeared a generous portion of
Calk sealant on the
crack. I'm not certain if that did any good or not. I
did not think it would harm the process. The LifeCalk gave me an
indication of where the problem was centered.
Finally, I took out a brand new roll of black
Rescue Tape and
had at it. I used the entire roll.
you pull and stretch it as you do
your wraps. It's a bit unwieldy as the plastic that separates the
tape has to be removed as you proceed. Still, in this case the
Rescue Tape is definitely saving the boat until proper repairs can
As for me and my boat: I keep
aboard and would not be without it.
I suggest you do the same.
Also, be sure to
exercise all thru-hulls on a regular basis.
I open and close the thru-hulls
on Seaweed every month. It's important.
Rescue Tape comes in a variety of
colors. Though I have the one-inch wide clear aboard Seaweed, there
is a 2" version that has tempted me. This is one of those things
that until you see it work, you might dismiss it as unneeded on your
boat. That would in my view be a mistake.
Buy some for your home.
Do you have Rescue Tape onboard your boat?
Have you ever used Rescue Tape?
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