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Our companionway steps were looking pretty weathered, and The Admiral just used some kind of cleaning prep on them and teak oil. (Picked both up at a local hardware store.) I would never have believed it possible, but they look brand new again. Seriously. And they're not slippery.

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My steps were a std Varnish that came with my 85 Jeanneau. When I refinished the flooring, I redid the stairs with Ultimate Sole as others have done too. No issues in two yrs as of yet! Not sure I would want to use a std Varnish of some sort.

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The PO had the stick on strips which I thought were ugly. Especially since they were beginning to turn up at the edges and were leaving sticky residue in their wake.

I was looking at a copy of "The World's Best Sailboats Vol II" and saw that Sabre uses sacrificial strips of ash that are slightly proud of the step (raised up above the tread) about 1/8". I ended up routing three 1/4" wide grooves in each tread and inserting a 1/4" x 1/4" x 10" ash strip in each groove. The ash is about 1/8" above the tread and forms a really great non skid cleat. I used a drop of epoxy at each end of the strip to attach it to the tread so that they would be easy to remove when the time came to replace them. The strips are finished with 2 coats of satin urethane. The steps have 5 coats of semi-gloss urethane.

I was afraid that I would end up catching a heel on the tread, but it hasn't happened in 4 years. These non-skid strips are better than any peel-n-stick and are far more attractive, IMHO. I could find some pics if anyone is interested.

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Hey Melrna, did you manage to ply the soft liner off the coachroof ? Was it as easy as ABC ?
No not yet. I have tried twice and made two calls to Hunter. It is a horrible set-up. Liner is very stretchable and can tear easily. I will post on my blog when I figure it all out.
Thanks everyone for the recommendations. Looks like Ultimate Sole is the way to go. Camaraderie not sure what kind of strips you are using. Can you please explain a little more? The first two steps are not my problem, it is that third step while descending that I have a footing problem. Why I am interested in a gritty solution.

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I was afraid that I would end up catching a heel on the tread, but it hasn't happened in 4 years. These non-skid strips are better than any peel-n-stick and are far more attractive, IMHO. I could find some pics if anyone is interested.
I would love to see pics. My steps already have a groove in them and won't be hard to modify. Might be my best solution yet.

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I'd second/third/fourth the recommendations for Ultimate Sole as the finish to use. I'd also recommend the clear non-skid strips designed for bath tub use. They're waterproof, and tough, and generally close to invisible.

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