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Old 23 October 2019, 06:39   #1
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Emergency puncture procedure

So you're out on the water and you, say, hit an object or catch it with a pair of scissors or knife, and spring a puncture.
Is it just a matter of RLF or is it possible to make a temporary repair. What do you take?
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Old 23 October 2019, 06:41   #2
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Old 23 October 2019, 06:51   #3
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Did exactly that (snagging the corner of a pontoon) some years ago; borrowed one of the above from someone who happened to have one then and there to get me going again; have kept one in my grab bag ever since. Takes 2 mins to install and then you're good to go again.
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Old 23 October 2019, 06:57   #4
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Yep ditto. Had a clamseal in the emergency bag since we started sibbing.

Jeff has some emergency waterproof tape he rates and I've always meant to get a roll.
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If the puncture happens to be round can use rubber cone inserts, comes in different sizes to fit different hole diams. Check Zodiac for them...

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Tear aid spot on for quick repairs type A&B hypalon & PVC also a underwater applied type
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Many may be sceptical, but this is true. I once did an emergency repair to a very small hole with ordinary silicone mastic. I squeezed a blob onto the outside of the hole, worked it through the hole with my finger tip, and pumped the tube up hard. A few minutes later, she was good to go and we had a fine day out off the Dorset coast.

Conversely, I once bought one of those mechanical patches where you cut a slot and push the thing through and tighten it like a clamp, and the connecting shaft snapped and the end fell into the tube, never to be recovered.
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Many may be sceptical, but this is true. I once did an emergency repair to a very small hole with ordinary silicone mastic.
I'm not sure whether Mike used silicone mastic as a generic name but if you use a silicone based product, it will make it very difficult to subsequently repair as the glue won't stick unless you chop out the affected area.

Other then that it seems quite a good novel solution.
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thats why i like tear aid alcohol wipe stick it on job done better if left for 24 hours but still works even so
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I'm not sure whether Mike used silicone mastic as a generic name but if you use a silicone based product, it will make it very difficult to subsequently repair as the glue won't stick unless you chop out the affected area.

Other then that it seems quite a good novel solution.
I meant the sort of mastic you use to seal things in the bathroom, which is usually silicone based. The incident was something like 25 years ago with y very first boat. I think that the repair held so well I never bothered trying to patch it properly. However, it was a small hole on an oldish boat.
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Hey - mastic is a real hi-tech solution. I have a true story...

One day, a friend and I rocked up for a big cruise on the willkcraft. We began to inflate the tender and discovered she had a developed a leak due to a rub that had occurred on the way to the coast. Small, but too big to maintain pressure while heading to the mooring. My repair kit was on the willkcraft

In vain, we searched the deserted harbour and the pickup for a remedy. In desperation, I grabbed a seagull quill from the tideline and used the sharp end to plug the hole. It was enough to maintain decent pressure and the day was saved.

Silicone mastic indeed. When I were a lad, we lived in a cardboard box and licked road clean for breakfast...

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