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Re: Improvised Repairs
Duct tape, the good stuff, is very expensive and leaves a horrible mark, but as an emergency tape for hateches and stuff, just great.
I keep gaffer's tape on board (http://www.amazon.com/JVCC-GAFF30YD-Premium-Grade-Gaffers/dp/B000QDRRIE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1356012869&sr=8-1&keywords=gaffers+tape). It's made for photographers and stagehands. Stronger than duct tape but it pulls off cleanly with no glue residue.
For hose repairs stop at your local truck stop and pick up a http://www.amazon.com/Victor-HEATER-HOSE-REPAIR-KIT/dp/B001B57D8U/ref=pd_bxgy_auto_img_y. It will include a couple of different size inserts and a couple of clamps. Cut the hose, slip in the insert with a little rubber cement and clamp it. Not pretty but it'll get you home. Just make sure you get a kit that includes the size hoses on your boat.
I've also got some of that rescue tape on board but have had mixed results with it.
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