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Old 09-08-2015, 09:05 PM   #1
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How have you used rescue tape?

https://www.rescuetape.com/

Describe the problem and how it was repaired with rescue tape.
Did it withstand water, heat, movement, how much did it take etc. etc....
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Old 09-08-2015, 10:08 PM   #2
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On the Beast (old gasoline engine) one of the exhaust hoses was not properly secured. The fan belt rubbed it. Rather than replace the hose I strapped it up and added a bunch of rescue tape. Problem solved.

Next, one of the water mufflers (the tube type) had a crack at one end that oozed water. Wrapped it in rescue tape. Problem solved.

Friend on a Westsail32 had a stuffing box issue. It leaked like a sieve. While aboard he could keep the batteries charged (generator) but when away? No. Anyway, 1/2 roll of my tape and the leak stopped.

The guy replaced it with a bargain brand that was not the same -- much thinner, didn't adhere as well and generally was a waste of $$. He paid $5 for it at HomeDepot and that was $4.99 too much.

Friend had a leaky spray nozzle on his sink in a house. The problem whas where the nozzle attached to the hose. I brought over my rescue tape and solved the issue.
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Old 09-08-2015, 11:33 PM   #3
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I've used a Rescue Tape a time or two for the usual things. Leaking hose, leaking fitting, seal a connection, etc.

I've also used this stuff:

http://www.amazon.com/FIBER-FIX-Adhe.../dp/B009WSDWUG

Which hardens when it cures. Great stuff.
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Old 09-09-2015, 01:36 AM   #4
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Disclaimer: the guy who owns Rescue Tape is a close friend of mine. That being said, I've used it for quite a few things, including a leaking fuel hose. Always works. Best boat repair was it fixed a leaking steel exhaust fitting (hose ran from the engine to the fitting which went through the transom). Held for quite a few months until we hauled out and replaced the fitting. Here's a short video we made of the repair:

https://youtu.be/IzHo9Q_zp-Y

John Kretschmer once told me he made a temporary repair on his boat crossing the Atlantic (can't remember exactly what it was). He sheepishly admitted the Rescue Tape was still there a year later...

Use it correctly and it will work.
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Old 09-09-2015, 05:29 AM   #5
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Repaired lower circulating hose.

Molded hose failed on coastal delivery, repair lasted several weeks until factory hose delivered. Old deck drain , still in service, consider it repaired.
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Old 09-09-2015, 06:35 AM   #6
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I have numerous rolls of different colors in my dock box and boat--it is great stuff. Everyone should have a roll or two on board for emergencies.
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Old 09-09-2015, 09:57 AM   #7
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PO of our boat was a mighty over tightener of all things. One of the coolant petcocks had a slow leak because the o-ring was damaged.

Found a slightly larger inside diameter, but thinner o-ring in an old partially used Racor rebuild kit. Gave a couple wraps of Rescue Tape around the petcock so the o-ring would fit snug, then some more wraps over the o-ring to bring it up to the needed outside diameter. No more annoying leak
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There's a 2.5" wire-reinforced white plastic tube routed from our cabin roof to the console of our minimalist upper helm. It protects the wiring and hydraulic steering hoses. After ~14 years it developed a crack where it took a fairly tight 90-degree bend. Would have been an incredible pain to take everything apart and replace with new tubing.

Rescue tape saved the day! Easy to make several wraps, color matches perfectly, looks great, and it has withstood so far ~3 years, including ~12,000 miles blasting along through the wind and rain on the road between here and Prince Rupert.
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Old 09-09-2015, 11:54 AM   #9
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My port engine 3" exhaust hose had a drip, so I wrapped it with Rescue Tape and it is still in service three years later.
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My port engine 3" exhaust hose had a drip, so I wrapped it with Rescue Tape and it is still in service three years later.
So, it really is the aspirin for boats.
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Old 09-09-2015, 01:05 PM   #11
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Most of the RT is 1 in wide and 12 ft long, 20 mil thick. I probably have 5-10 rolls onboard the boat and more at home. I bought an industrial roll that's 2 in wide, 36 ft long (I think) and 30 mil. It's 50% thicker and 100% wider and very heavy for its size. The one roll cost me about $50. I'm saving it for that EXTRA special rescue requirement.

I have a "bucket o' rope" onboard that's hundreds of feet long that I can cut to any length needed. Before I cut the line, I wrap 6-8 inches of RT to prevent unraveling. Then I cut the line in the middle and both ends are 'whipped'...at least temporarily. It allows me to get the line in service immediately and come back later to whip the end correctly.

As a reminder, all RT repairs are intended as temporary in nature. It's not expected to be the final repair. It's always best to go back and replace the part or properly repair it.
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Old 09-10-2015, 02:45 AM   #12
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I had never heard of the stuff, until the good folks at Active Captain informed me that they were sending me a free roll. After all the recent hype, I can safely say that I'm looking forward to it more than I've ever looked forward to a roll of tape coming in the mail.
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Old 09-10-2015, 02:56 AM   #13
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We cracked an engine block about 2 years ago, wound the rescue tape on, had some trouble getting the right shade of red to match the engine paint, been good as gold ever since.
Ok, that`s all BS. The tape sounds good, I`m going to get some. A man would be a fool to himself and a burden unto others not having a roll on board.
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Just one question...what is rescue tape..?

Ok...sorry...belay that...I looked it up. I think I have the same sort of stuff, but by a different name. Never needed it...so far...
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Rescue tape comes in two widths 1" and 2". What size are people using?
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Rescue tape comes in two widths 1" and 2". What size are people using?
The tape we have on board now is 1 inch. However i suspect I might have had an easier time dealing with our problem last Sunday had the tape been 2 inch. The smart solution is to have both on board.
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The tape we have on board now is 1 inch. However i suspect I might have had an easier time dealing with our problem last Sunday had the tape been 2 inch. The smart solution is to have both on board.
What was the problem last Sunday?
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I mis-spoke; it was actually Labor Day not Sunday. We had a fair amount of water coming into the boat an a roll of Rescue Tape eventually stopped it. The wider tape would have, I think, made the job easier. Or not; easy to second guess these things after the fact.
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I think I have the same sort of stuff, but by a different name. Never needed it...so far...
You do need the Real Deal. In some things a grey market (copy-cat) item is okay, however not in this case. Not in my opinion that is.

Rescue Tape is thicker than the knock-off brands. It is also rated for much higher heat than the cheap stuff. $10 isn't a lot to have something you can depend upon.

And I have the 1" (clear) aboard Seaweed. I like white too as it's easy to spot in the engine room.

The 2" stuff is on the "nice to have but not yet" list. It's lots more expensive.
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I used it to secure the connection between a 50A cord and a 50A to twin 30A adapter.
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