Introduction: So just what is Rescue Tape and what is it doing at a
fishing tackle show? This tape is a self fusing silicone repair tape that is
designed to repair watercraft leaks and electrical wiring but also can be used
as a shrink wrap, handle grip and so much more.
Rescue tape was first used by the US
military and is a great field repair tool due to the tape’s unique properties
starting with the fact that it is self fusing. Simply stretch the tape and layer
it over itself and it fuses
solid almost instantly. Rescue Tape has an incredible tensile strength of 950PSI
and can insulate 8000 volts per layer. When it comes to heat resistance Rescue
Tape can withstand 500 degrees Fahrenheit and is able to remain flexible to -85°
Rescue Tape has some unique
properties that make it excellent for boat repairs in a pinch
We checked out the tape at ICAST on a number of
items like tubing, pump connections and even a rod and reel clamped together.
Rescue tape creates a permanent seal between objects or over leaks but can be
easily cut away with a blade like a rubber gasket, there is absolutely no gummy
or sticky residue like with electric tape or duct tape and because it can hold
up to fuel, oil, acid, solvents, saltwater and UV rays it is extremely adaptable
for a wide range of applications.
Simply stretch and layer and the
silicon tape fuses together
We were amazed by how quick and easy applications
are, as well as the ability of the tape to be used for such a wide array of
situations. The sky really is the limit but a few possible uses include just
keeping it onboard the boat for emergency repairs for hose and fitting leaks.
The tape can be used to repair
Suppose there is an o-ring gasket that has failed, simply put a few layers on a
tube of the same diameter and roll it off and you have created an emergency
o-ring. If electrical wires get frayed you can prevent shorts by simply wrapping
Rescue Tape over the damage. You can also wrap numerous wires together to neaten
up areas, wrapped tightly the wiring looks like it has been professionally split
Layer on a pipe...
...and roll it off for a o-ring
If your reel seat is not holding in your spinning
eel tightly or you need a better grip on your rod just wrap Rescue Tape over the
rod and reel hanger and your all set. Some of the most interesting uses are
creating an emergency fan belt or to create a compression strap if someone is
injured, the applications really are endless.
Rescue Tape can be cut off and
leaves no residue whatsoever
Conclusion: Rescue Tape isn’t your
conventional “tackle” but it can mean the difference between a day out on the
water or sitting idle and waiting to get towed in. But it isn’t just about
keeping your boat running, Rescue Tape serves as a quality grip material for
tools and rods, the fact that it can be so easily applied and removed without
any trace of residue only makes the product more appealing.