I posted this information in the early spring you may find the information useful before going out hunting.
When you hit a rock the rocks always win, if youíre lucky you will have very little damage if you do end up with a hole in your boat and need to repair the hole to get home what can you use? I did not think about what it would take to patch a hole in the field until a friend put a hole in there boat, I talked to difference boat shops and made a list of what a person needs.
If you need a patch thin Aluminum like pop cans or Aluminum roofing can be cut with a scissors or knife. Putting the shield on the outside would be the best, for some reason itís not possible do what you can. Youíre not going any where until you stop the boat from leaking or slow it down so your bilge pumps can keep up. Run the boat on shore, cut trees to make a crib, and a pry bar to lift the boat, or dig a trench under the boat or work under water, do what ever you need to get home.
The list is in no special order of importance.
Z-Spar putty. Comes in various sized containers, is a 2 part putty, mixed (kneaded) in moist hands like dough to a uniform color. Can be applied to an active leak, smeared in place, likes it wet, works under water, can be applied submerged, it doesn't care and it works.
z-spar putty ½ gal $60 the commercial fishing industry its called "Splash Zone".
Tapered wooden plugs, something along the lines of these. http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...1080&langId=-1
A Nerf football will work. Here's a similar product. http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...5901&langId=-1
Henry's 208 wet patch,,http://www.henry.com/sealants/roof_m...atchroofcement
Shoe Glue }
Goo } all slow drying and I do not think they will a hear to a wet surface.
GE Silicone II }
*Toilet ring wax this is what I carry and it very cheep.
Tacky Tape (Camper Supply)
Gorilla Duct Tape
*Self tapping screws, sheet metal screws, sheet rock screws, long screws/bolts.
Fiberglass webbing or window screen
*Pop cans or Alum roofing
*3-ea road flares, signal other boat you need help
* Item I carry
You may need some special tools like a:
Battery power drill and bits.
Pop rivet and tools