Boating

A STICKY MATTER

There are dozens of types of tapes lining the shelves of your favorite hardware store and as many applications for some of them. But like all tools, there is a correct tape for every job. So we developed some testing hacks to see what tapes are best at what jobs. Here’s what we found and our recommendations for keeping some in your emergency onboard toolkit.

HOW WE TESTED

ELECTRICAL TAPE AND DUCT TAPE

WRAP AND CONFORM

We wrapped the electrical tape around a typical wiring connection and noted how well it sealed, then noted if it remained sealed after 24 hours. Duct tape got similar treatment in our testing.

DUCT TAPE

TENSILE STRENGTH

We adhered 3 inches of 14-inch lengths of each tape over the edge of a desk. We doubled the free end and punched a hole in it a half-inch from the doubled edge of tape, put a hanging scale hook through the hole, and pulled on the scale until the tape tore or came loose from the desk.

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