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runshadowfax
  
06/12/2024 09:12PM  
Anyone ever use Flex Seal, Flex Tape, or Flex glue to patch up a canoe? I know cracking a kevlar is unlikely, but I'm going solo in a couple weeks and want to be prepared for anything. If not these products, what the best lightweight product to carry to do a fix in the field? Thanks!
 
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06/13/2024 04:39PM  
Gorilla Tape.
 
06/13/2024 04:41PM  
When I damaged my canoe and the Kevlar cracked, I noticed only a weeping leak on the inside. Duct tape was all I needed till a patch could be applied at home.
 
06/14/2024 06:39AM  
Banksiana: "Gorilla Tape."


+1. I carry two or three feet of GT when going solo.
 
06/14/2024 12:13PM  
sns: "
Banksiana: "Gorilla Tape."



+1. I carry two or three feet of GT when going solo."

I've only noticed normal gorilla tape in large rolls, how do you carry only two or three feet? Is it the end of a roll or are you taking some off a large roll and affixing it to some temporary backing that it can be peeled off?
 
06/14/2024 12:34PM  
Bingo: "
sns: "
Banksiana: "Gorilla Tape."




+1. I carry two or three feet of GT when going solo."

I've only noticed normal gorilla tape in large rolls, how do you carry only two or three feet? Is it the end of a roll or are you taking some off a large roll and affixing it to some temporary backing that it can be peeled off?"


I wind it around a plastic tube (cut from the body of a Bic ballpoint pen). End up with a cylinder a little over an inch in diameter.

Just don't see a need for more, though if I were on a river trip with rapids, I would likely take a whole roll.
 
BergieT
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06/14/2024 12:57PM  
I carry a couple feet of that gorilla flex seal tape. Two years ago I found out why you should repair cracks on those ribs on the bottom of your souris river canoe while on a trip. We eventually had some flexing and oil canning which allowed water to weep in. I put a patch of that tape on it and it worked great. Advantage over duct tape is it is super sticky, which also makes it hard to remove later. At home I patched it all up with kevlar and fiberglass and the canoe is good to go.
 
EddyTurn
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06/14/2024 07:30PM  
sns: "Just don't see a need for more, though if I were on a river trip with rapids, I would likely take a whole roll."

A roll of tape will replace the entire canoe! If you need that much then you probably need a helicopter.
 
06/14/2024 08:55PM  
EddyTurn: "
sns: "Just don't see a need for more, though if I were on a river trip with rapids, I would likely take a whole roll."

A roll of tape will replace the entire canoe! If you need that much then you probably need a helicopter."


You're not wrong, but if we spend three+ weeks on the Albany, that's one of many aspects that will be different compared to a flatwater trip.
 
06/15/2024 07:52AM  
Bingo: "
sns: "
Banksiana: "Gorilla Tape."




+1. I carry two or three feet of GT when going solo."

I've only noticed normal gorilla tape in large rolls, how do you carry only two or three feet? Is it the end of a roll or are you taking some off a large roll and affixing it to some temporary backing that it can be peeled off?"


You can wrap a few courses around a nalgene bottle.
 
LoreAxe
  
06/15/2024 02:56PM  
Banksiana: "
Bingo: "
sns: "
Banksiana: "Gorilla Tape."




+1. I carry two or three feet of GT when going solo."

I've only noticed normal gorilla tape in large rolls, how do you carry only two or three feet? Is it the end of a roll or are you taking some off a large roll and affixing it to some temporary backing that it can be peeled off?"



You can wrap a few courses around a nalgene bottle."


Or a sharpie, spare paddle, thwart, what-have-you.
Had real good results with gear aid tenacious tape, but it’s silly spendy.
 
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