Repair Kit (Service Kit)

 

Rather than just a repair kit, this one can also be used for preventive service, so I like to refer to it as a service kit..

The items in this kit are generally limited by your knowledge of making general repairs on the fly. There’s no point in putting in a lot of cool tools if you don’t know how to use them. Spare parts and tools are specific to your kayak: spare skeg line or cable, wrenches unique to your boat and no more (don’t bother bringing the kitchen sink). Think creatively, such as paper clips, which are actually small pieces of metal which can be used to stitch together a large split in the hull. Consider items that can serve dual purpose, such as dental floss which can be used to sew together pieces of torn fabric or lash items together. Duct tape is an all around fixer; pack it now and let your creative juices fly when you need it. Needle nose vice grip can hold things tight, really tight, for a short time or a really long time. Four-in-one screw driver – why bring four screwdrivers? There’s an allen wrench that fits the screws on my seat, and if you need one for other fittings like rudder cables, put it in the kit – it’s much easier than manufacturing one when you’re in a jam. Multi-tools are great, but they’re expensive; you can pretty much expect things to rust in your bottle.

  • 1 L Nalgene bottle
  • Caribiner
  • Duct Tape
  • Dental Floss and needle
  • Skeg line
  • 4-in-1 Screw driver
  • Multi tool
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Needle nose Vice Grip
  • Specific Allen Wrench
  • 5 minute epoxy
  • Fiberglass patch
  • Tie Wraps
  • Super glue