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Saw a cool product today

Saw this at the marine exchange today, thought it was a great idea to have some of this stay afloat aboard.

It reminded me a lot of the beeswax toilet rings, which got me wondering just what this product was made of..........anywho, I watched it in action and at 30 bucks for 32oz, I'm get'n some, will be a good companion to my rescue tape


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I saw and purchased a foam cone shaped device called "TruPlug" from forespar. You hand-screw it into a hole shaped "hole" to plug it. As it can fit any diameter hole it is better than softwood plugs which you need a number of plugs. As the foam expands outside the hull after insertion it's pretty secure. It also got me thinking that closed cell foam could be pushed into long crack type holes like a cockpit foam cushion.
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It would be nice if they said what the stuff was made of... Personally, for emergency repairs of a semipermanent nature, I'd recommend going with a thickened epoxy putty.
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Yea... what is it?
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Sorry to highjack your thread, but here's another cool product:
Länsman
Who doesn't get tired of bailing out their dingy?
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Commercial fishermen use a product called Petrotape (or something like that) to wrap around fittings to prevent corrosion. It's a cloth covered in a soft sticky goopy stuff that looks just like the stuff in that plastic jar. The stuff in petrotape is called petrolatum.

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Thanks for posting. Very handy. It looks that it will be very useful in an emergency. Very easy to apply and permiting you to solve the immediate problem, keeping away the panic and giving you time to think of a more definitive solution, eventually with epoxy or a wooden plug.

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Personally, for emergency repairs of a semipermanent nature, I'd recommend going with a thickened epoxy putty.
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I don't think that is was it is designed for.
This looks to me to be a temporary emergency repair to stop you from sinking and to get you back into port.
Nothing permanent or semipermanent about it; strictly temporary.
Very cool, thanks for posting.
I certainly wil be looking into it and will be passing around the link to all my boating friends.
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It sort of looks like plumbers dope. Linseed oil based?
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Poop, thanks for sharing the info. I think I'm going to add this to my emergency kit. It appears much better than than wooden plugs I keep on board now.

I wonder if there is an expiration date on the product after which it becomes too hard or brittle. If not it this product seems to be a huge improvement over the wooden plugs. Plus one size fits all!

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