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Old 23-04-2015, 14:55   #1
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Stay Afloat leak plug

I'm surprised that I haven't bumped into Stay Afloat before. Have people used this?

It's a goop that you just jam into a leak. Seems a much better idea than those tapered wood plugs that I've got taped to the seacocks since it could also plug leaks that are not perfectly round and just the right diameter.



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Old 23-04-2015, 15:08   #2
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Re: Stay Afloat leak plug

In the shop where I bought mine, another customer used one can of Stay Afloat to stop flooding from a failed through hull fitting, to keep the boat afloat until the next morning, when it was pulled out of the water. The man was impressed by the effectiveness.

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Old 23-04-2015, 15:29   #3
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Re: Stay Afloat leak plug

Hard to believe this video, certainly not much pressure behind the pictured leaks. Nevertheless, if it works even a little, or in some situations, worthwhile keeping it on boat. For $22.99, I'm going to keep it on hand. I have the wood plugs at the ready, never had to use them, keeping this stuff available can't hurt.
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Re: Stay Afloat leak plug

Wax rings for home toilets is the same thing, only a lot cheaper, just not so fancy packaging.
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Old 23-04-2015, 17:27   #5
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Crusty---

You beat me to it !!!



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Old 23-04-2015, 17:38   #6
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Re: Stay Afloat leak plug

I hope to never use it of course, but have a belief that a Nerf football would work also


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Old 23-04-2015, 19:03   #7
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Re: Stay Afloat leak plug

I coulda used that on that leaking port light that dripped on my head during the stormy night! Next time!
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Re: Stay Afloat leak plug

home depot expandable foam in a can, save yourself a lot of money and it floats
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Old 24-04-2015, 09:40   #9
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Re: Stay Afloat leak plug

I have a tub just in case but you can also use a carrot, a parsnip or a potato to fill in an irregular shaped hole by ramming the thing into the orifice. I've even wondered if a tampon would do the job in an emergency.

Apparently someone has also saved their vessel from sinking after a seacock failed by jamming the lid of a cola bottle in the thru-hull. Necessity being the mother of all invention and all that.

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Re: Stay Afloat leak plug

Hit a coral bombie with the rudder skeg. Very slow but enough to rip the aluminium hull about 1 meter. Water over the floorboards within a couple of minutes. Very quick fix needed. Jumped overboard with a grab of plastic shopping bags and stuffed the crack enough to allow the pumps to lower the water level. More robust repairs with sliced foam fishing float material.
Tried lessening the leaks with silicon gutter sealant which was moderately successful. Then tried an underwater paint job to finish it off, spectacularly unsuccessful.
Temporary repairs sufficed for a thousand NM to the nearest permanent repair slipway.
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Re: Stay Afloat leak plug

This has been discussed here before. As mentioned, looks to be the same stuff as a wax toilet ring.
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