Boat Maintenance

There are many varieties of aluminum tape, our favorite is Nashua Tape #324A.

Unsung Hero: Aluminum Tape

Duct tape, parachute cord, and cable ties. We carry a boat full of tools and spare parts, but these three make every sailor’s list of indispensables for temporary repairs. We’ve reviewed conventional duct tape (“If you Can’t Duct it, Tough Duct it,” Practical Sailor, December 2009), self-bonding tapes (“Atomic Tape,” PS, December 2005), and gaffers tape, but somehow skipped over foil duct tape. It does a few things ordinary duct tape just can’t.

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