APLTec Composite Patch Kit
Save Your Boat. Save Your Cruise. As simple as a sticker!
A friend entering the Race to Alaska told us about these fantastic all-weather, error-proof, fast-curing repair kits being sold in Spain. Instead of some clumsy two-part putty that you hope to stuff into or over a hole, these APLTec kits include an approximately 8-inch square of an 18 oz biaxial cloth, sealed inside of a plastic sleeve with separated epoxy and resin.
Volvo Ocean Race Teams making repairs using Composite Patch.
Simply pull off the squeegee dividers, saturate the cloth inside the bag, then put on the included latex gloves and apply the patch.
This Composite Patch is universal for use on all kinds of surfaces and it hardens fast in the coldest weather, in high humidity, under rain or—with the adhesive cartridge upgrade—under water!
It also eliminates the need for resin and hardener bottles, a scale, mixing cups, stirrers, rollers of brushes or cleaning solvents.
We were impressed and thought they'd be ideal for the Texas 200, R2AK, Everglades Challenge, or really just to keep aboard any boat. We contacted the company to order kits of our own. It so happens that they only offered larger kits with more cloth for bigger boats, so we asked them to make us these special smaller versions and they agreed. Our kit features an approximately 8 x 8" piece of 18 oz biaxial fiberglass cloth. Now a little 12"-long cardboard tube (7.5 oz) holds everything you need to repair your boat even from significant damage. Don't leave harbor without it.
*While the standard kit is compatible works on wet surfaces, high humidity, cold weather, etc. if you want to patch something completely underwater then you need the special Structural Epoxy Promoter adhesive cartrdige. It's expensive, but this is the material that will keep the patch in place white it cures underwater.