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good patch
Posted by mr ed on May 22 2005
Last summer I  stumbled upon an excellent emergency patch material for almost any watercraft,although my floating is primarily done by raft or kayak. The self sticking rubbery material used for roofing and exterior window wrap is the best thing I've ever found for a quick patch. Extremely sticky even when applying to a semi moist material , tough abrasion resistant material will get you out of the woods and can turn a potentially ugly situation back into the pleasurable time you originally planned. It comes under several brand names including Bituthane and Vycor. Vycor offers it in 6" and I believe 9" wide rolls by I think 50' length for under 20 dollars or if you know anyone doing roof work just ask for the scraps. JMHO but I'll never go boating again without it. After I had my butt saved by it on a trip gone bad ( 10" gash, dried, patched, and on the way in 30 minutes)I even used it as reinforcement for the entire skid area on the bottom of my older more well traveled model. Safe boating everyone, Fish Creek report coming soon. - Mr Ed

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