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Take a can of your favorite varnish to the local paint store, they sell packets of fine powder (silica?) that they'll pour into the varnish and then put it into their shaker to get an even distribution.

It's inexpensive and it will be kind to bare feet.

Lowes and Depot sell the same stuff, but I don't know how they'd feel about you walking in with a can of Interlux...
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easiest thing is go to westmarine and get a small can of Interlux non-slip additive, all you do is take the amount of varnish you need for the steps, measure in whatever amount of non-slip additive, stir and apply
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I put Treadmaster Diamond step pads on my companionway steps about 15 years ago. They work great and have held up well. $17 for a pair at Defender.
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On my old Catalina 30 I filled the groves on the steps with a black rubber based caulking (3M i think). I just used blue masking tape around the edge, filled the grove the scraped the excess off with a straight edge to make it level. I worked great for traction and it keeps all of the dirt out that used to collect in there.
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On my old Catalina 30 I filled the groves on the steps with a black rubber based caulking (3M i think). I just used blue masking tape around the edge, filled the grove the scraped the excess off with a straight edge to make it level. I worked great for traction and it keeps all of the dirt out that used to collect in there.
That's a very cool idea! The dirt that collects in the grooves is annoying.
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