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After some jerk performed hit and run in the marina on my docked boat, I'm going to need to get my boat about a day or so downriver (Potomac) for repairs. I need to waterproof the bow without adding hours of labor to remove my temporary repair. (I don't want to spend hours either) It is unlikely that we will have any significant water over the bow. The pulpit is completely bent and skewed, can't bend it back either.

Recommendations for a truly waterproof but easy (non-cosmetic) temporary fix?

(headed to a sailboat marina since I need new backstay and other sail-specific maintainance)

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As long as the trip is in protected waters, I would be tempted to just use some heavy plastic sheet and lots of duct tape. And pick a good weather window.
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Agree - duct tape should be fine for your purposes and fairly easy to remove. I'd suggest Gorilla tape. Where on the Potomac did this happen (we are on the Occoquan)? And where are you going for the repairs?
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Gorilla brand black duct tape is about 8 bucks and has some REALLY good stick
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Gorilla tape might work. Shrink wrapping tape is also a good choice. Both are fairly sticky and waterproof. The shrink wrapping tape is easier to get off the boat without leaving a messy adhesive residue behind though.

BTW, does your marina have video surveillance? If so, it might be worth checking to see if they caught the bozo who did this.
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If you check other boats using the fairway you may be able to find matching damage and go from there.

I came to my moored boat one day and found a bent stern rail. I went by my neighbors and found a Hunter whose pulpit-mounted danforth had a bent fluke. When asked, the owner fessed up...
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Dude. I don't think you need to modify it at all to go downriver. Really.
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Try ProtectoWrap roof and gutter repair tape. It is a thick, 4" wide tape with a very sticky black side and a white not-sticky side. Works great to close holes watertight, and it is puncture and abrasion resistant. Get it at Home Depot or Menard's or Lowe's, etc. It will last all summer if you don't get around to the permanent repair, and it won't look like crap.

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i like the visqueen and duct tape idea... while that gorilla tape may give you more stick-um, it may leave a residue, its pretty serious stuff. if youre not too worried about weather blowin up, duct tape s/b ok IMHO.

btw, sorry for your hassle. probably some drunk stinkboater foulin up the fun
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Thanks everyone for your ideas, I'll post a pic when it's all said and done. If our 'protected' waters were protected from speedboats that didn't make serious wakes 20 yards (or less) away, I would consider just leaving it... I have also seen 30kt winds come out of nowhere on the river though - I can't entirely ignore the hole in the deck.
We are in DC, at the Washington Marina (not to be mistaken for the sailing marina, where the waiting list is years long) at the top of the DC channel. No cameras here, and the marina manager and I looked at all possible offenders and couldn't find a clue. It seems very common here to buy a 'stinkboat' one day and act like you own the waters the next, horrid behavior everywhere. The worst offender is "SeaDog" a huge speedboat 'tour' boat that has come close to swamping several local sailors.
Lovely DC.
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