Put a Plug in It
Some ideas-such as the TruPlug, developed by Artelier Studio LLC and distributed by Forespar-are just so simple that it's a wonder nobody came up with them sooner. According to the folks at Forespar, the TruPlug is a "soft, cone-shaped plug designed to conform to the unpredictable shapes of most hull breaches." Why didn't I think of that? And aren't all hull breeches necessarily unpredictable in shape? Anyway, unlike old-fashioned wooden plugs, the TruPlug's soft cone shape allows it to be compressed by hand or cut to fit. Unlike hard plugs, these cone-shaped plugs can also be forced into hard-to-reach locations, yet they still work on most leaky seacocks, valves, through-hull fittings, and hoses. They've been tested in simulated situations, and several U.S. West Coast safety vessels have already used them to stop leaks in real-life situations.
$20, (414) 688-9979, www.forespar.com