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Non skid on companionway steps?

The nasty plastic non-skid that had been stuck to the companionway steps has started to come off, so I took it off completely.

Noticed that what Bristol seem to have done, is leave the leading edge of the steps in raw teak, unvarnished. The rest is varnished.

What's your preferred approach to making them non-slippery?

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Re: Non skid on companionway steps?

My boat came with varnished teak steps with grooves cut in. After my wife slipped on them and fell down into the cabin injuring her back, I put 3M non-slip tread on them. Two years and its holding up nicely. An replacing it when it starts to look shabby will be easy and inexpensive.
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Re: Non skid on companionway steps?

I use stick on non-skid material from the hardware store, cut to fit. Made to be used for homes outside steps.

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Re: Non skid on companionway steps?

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Is that the adhesive tape you are referring to, or something else?

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Is that the adhesive tape you are referring to, or something else?
Yes. But its a nice thick vinyl and surprising durable and easy to clean. I found the grey in a 3 inch width and it matches my interior colors very nicely.
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Re: Non skid on companionway steps?

I used similar stick-on material (for bathtubs as I remember) that I cut in strips to fit between the grooves on the steps of my Bristol. After attaching I put a coat of varnish over everything so that they appear a light tan color and blend in well. Been working great for several years.

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A ladder mat can be made to fit the size of the tread. It can be made with any small material that you have. After it's glued or tacked on to the tread it's usually painted white.
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Re: Non skid on companionway steps?

How bout some silica sand mixed with varnish good and grippy.
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Rustoleum has a good nonslip additive in their marine line it mixes evenly and resists settling in the pot. Thinkitmight work very well with a satin urethane varnish...
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Re: Non skid on companionway steps?

I use the 3M white non-stick sold on a roll at West. I found an equivalent in brown on-line.
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