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Cruising Life — June 2003
By Craig Anderson

Cruising Tip of the Month

Atomic Tape


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Knowing that something might--and more than likely will--go wrong on your next cruising trip, you know that having a fully stocked toolbox is just as important as a well-supplied galley. That means the right tools, of course, but also some tape for minor patching jobs.

Atomic Tape will be a welcome addition to any boater's toolbox. This silicone tape is self-bonding, air- and watertight, and can reportedly withstand pressures of up to 700 psi, temperatures as high as 500°F, and can insulate current as strong as 8,000 volts. It can be used in a host of ways, including whipping line ends, insulating exposed wire, stopping a leak in a hose, bundling wires, and making other types of plumbing repairs.

Using Atomic tape is easy. Start by making one complete wrap around the object, removing the tape's clear backing as you go. As you wrap, stretch the tape to approximately two times its length to ensure a tight seal. Atomic Tape instantly bonds so repositioning after the first minute or so is not recommended.

Atomic Tape comes in a two-roll pack for a total of 24 feet.  A third roll is free of charge. Available only directly from the company, Atomic Tape has a suggested list price of $24.99. —Capt. Ken Kreisler

Atomic Concept Group Phone: (866) 838-4185.

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This article originally appeared in the May 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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