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    Member STEELHED's Avatar
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    Wasilla, Alaska, United States

    Default Oh crap kit

    So I just bought my fist real riverboat. We all know s#@t happens on the river and I am preparing my "oh crap kit". Lets hear or see your list of things that you must have in your kit. Not survival items, and we all know the regulars like flares, horns, duct tape and such, I'm talking things that you have learned that will save your butt in a pinch. Please keep in mind space and weight....

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    Just think of what you might want if you are stuck on a sand bar, late in the evening, and the temp is going to be below freezing that night and you know it is unlikely there will be anyone on the river until maybe late tomorrow. And then they might not see you because you got way off the beaten path.(besides beer!)
    When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.
    '08 24' HCM Granite HD "River Dog"

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    wax toilet rings to make a temporary patch.

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    Tarp and rope are always useful.
    Oh yeah, duct tape too.

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    Lots of GOOD rope, a couple of basket balls, chainsaw winch, come a long, couple tow straps/slings, beer, more beer, snatch block or two and some more GOOD rope.

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    I carry an aluminum box with the following items:

    Lewis chainsaw winch
    extra lengths of amsteel rope
    extra premixed gas
    couple of short tow straps and "D" rings to attach the winch and rope to anchoring points
    snatch block

    Carry an axe and shovel in one of the fish deck compartments. Like the idea of carrying some items in case we have to overnight it if we have problems. Think I'll add some basic items like precooked meals and a sleeping bag or two.

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    Oh crap i hit a rock!!!!

    I posted this information in the early spring you may find the information useful..

    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.

    I made a list of items that are recommend a person could use to stop a leak, in no special order of importance of.

    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.
    A Nerf football will work. Here's a similar product.
    Henry's 208 wet patch,,
    GE Silicone II
    *Toilet ring wax this is what I carry and it very cheep.
    Tacky Tape (Camper Supply)
    Gorilla Duct Tape
    *Large washer
    *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.
    Battery power drill and bits.
    Pop rivet and tools

    Comment from follow members worth mentioning:
    STRABGEAK wrote:
    I carry 2 part plumbers epoxy and soda cans... Plumbers epoxy will harden underwater and for larger holes you can use parts of the cans along with it.

    Iofthetaiga wrote:
    Good subject. Best not to overthink it tho. Pop cans, portable welders, jams, jellies, pastes, are all fine for fixing pin-hole leaks while in your driveway, on the trailer. Whether at sea or on a river, if you HIT a ROCK with your boat, you now have a HOLE in your hull. Think of this as an emergency medical situation for your boat (it is). Your boat has a gaping gash. This is no time for little plastic Band-Aids or glue. You want to apply direct pressure to the wound and stop the hemorrhaging....

    Gather some scraps of half inch plywood. Cut squares of plywood about a foot or so square. Pair up these plywood squares and drill a hole for a 3/8 to 1/2 inch bolt (or two) in the center. Shove a bolt through the hole(s) with appropriate washers and nuts (wing nuts work great). Build a couple sets of these and stow them somewhere in you boat. If you have an emergency need to patch a hole in your hull, grab one or several of your ready made clamp patches, slap one board on the outside of your hull and the other on the inside of your hull. Spin the nuts down tight. You can further pack this patch with rags, t-shirts, underwear, whatever, as necessary... Head for safe harbor.


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