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I presume the wax toilet rings are a take off of the Stay Afloat product, which does have that consistency. The product has been tested to effectively seal off thru hull type leaks and seems much better than wooden dowels, which can only be effective if you have a perfectly round hole to plug. Odds are that whatever broke the thru hull could have distorted the hole. However, this stuff isn't going to be much good on a sizable hull breach.

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Water activated glass mat is another option for emergency hull repairs. See (click-on) Syntho-Glass

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I presume the wax toilet rings are a take off of the Stay Afloat product, which does have that consistency. The product has been tested to effectively seal off thru hull type leaks and seems much better than wooden dowels, which can only be effective if you have a perfectly round hole to plug. Odds are that whatever broke the thru hull could have distorted the hole. However, this stuff isn't going to be much good on a sizable hull breach.

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I was thinking of using it as a gasket material. Like with a long non round hole similar to the Yacht Monthly's video I would smash a bunch of that wax into the hole, then make a nice glob on a piece of wood and brace it from the inside and let the wax form a gasket to the hull.

The problems with the plastic on the outside of the boat...Unless it is large enough to come up over the bow and still cover the hole you are dead in the water. Once you move the plastic is going to get water behind it and it will release/compress/release/compress against the hole and end up sinking you. Also I wouldn't rely on a standard blue tarp from Lowes/HD because those are the cheapest things ever. The water pressure will make them fail. If you are going to rely on this then you need to use a thick plastic material like PVC coated fabric or similar. I used to make above ground holding tanks out of that material for the koi pond hobby and it is very strong.
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... Also I wouldn't rely on a standard blue tarp from Lowes/HD because those are the cheapest things ever....
When I talked about using the blue tarp, it was ONLY as step one to quickly stop the inflow of the water. The the Splash Guard under water epoxy, to patch the hull from the inside.

Once patched, the outside tarp, of any type, comes back aboard.

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Denzo tape and a life jacket for larger holes.Pull the life jacket cord fills the hole.
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Denzo tape and a life jacket for larger holes.Pull the life jacket cord fills the hole.
Looks like you did not watch the video posted. They did that in the video and showed how it worked. Nit something I would count on. Also, as they said in the video, how do you then patch the hole so you can get home with that stuff sticking out of the hole, inside AND outside.

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Along with your quote the wax toilet rings is hysterical
I don't know...but, wax rings seem to work pretty well sealing toilets. I carry a couple because it's the type of wax that when it's warm it can be worked into cracks in metal thru-hulls or welds that have given way and then it can be backed up with tape or other materials. The wax helps reduce the size of the opening...it's not for gluing things together.

As for Icarus...his problem was that he failed to heed his father's advice and flew too close to the sun, the wax melted, and, well, as they say the rest is history. BTW, Icarus' father built the wings...two sets in fact and then the father flew to safety on his wings by staying away from the sun. I don't think the critique of Icarus is one for illustration of faulty engineering, but rather the hubris of a dumb dude that didn't listen to the good advice of his father.
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