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Updating cockpit non-skid

The non-skid in the cockpit of our 1987 Pearson 31-2 has gotten a little slick underfoot from wear and we would like to correct that. As the coaming and deck non-skid seems fine, we dont want to do a full non-skid replacement, so i am considering installing plastic tiles in the cockpit:

https://www.greatmats.com/tiles/inte...atio-tiles.php

Does anyone have experience with using this material for decking?

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looks to slippery

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Re: Updating cockpit non-skid

That will junk it up and also collect dirt.
Paint it. Easy to do

We used the kiwi project


https://www.boats.com/how-to/10-tips...-nonskid-deck/

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Treadmaster?

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The non-skid in the cockpit of our 1987 Pearson 31-2 has gotten a little slick underfoot from wear and we would like to correct that. As the coaming and deck non-skid seems fine, we dont want to do a full non-skid replacement, so i am considering installing plastic tiles in the cockpit:

https://www.greatmats.com/tiles/inte...atio-tiles.php

Does anyone have experience with using this material for decking?
I've seen several boats that are using these for the cockpit floor. It seems to be working well... and for not much $$.

Yes, they will trap some dirt after awhile... but dirt on the cockpit floor can be easily taken care of.

Give it a try... you won't be out much money if you end up not liking them.

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Re: Updating cockpit non-skid

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....https://www.greatmats.com/tiles/inte...atio-tiles.php

Does anyone have experience with using this material for decking?
They don't appear to be non-skid, rather a system to displace small amounts of water. One must need to pull them up to clean the trapped water, which makes them more suspicious. What would hold them in place.

I suppose they are so cheap, you could give it a shot and let us know.

There are several ways of painting on a non-skid, from purpose made kits to home made. They'd be pretty easy to apply in a cockpit. However, I'm not a big fan of the look, especially compared to molded non-skid in gelcoat. It always seems too utilitarian, but nothing wrong with it. Done neatly, I think it would look better than those $2 tiles, I suppose.

The appliques look pretty good and you don't have to fill the entire cockpit. There are expensive. You could just arrange sections where your feet hit the floor. A few smaller pre-cut appliques is much more affordable than trying to custom fit the entire cockpit floor, although, you may need to grind down the remaining molded non-skid to insure adhesion.


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They don't appear to be non-skid, rather a system to displace small amounts of water. One must need to pull them up to clean the trapped water, which makes them more suspicious. What would hold them in place.

I suppose they are so cheap, you could give it a shot and let us know.

There are several ways of painting on a non-skid, from purpose made kits to home made. They'd be pretty easy to apply in a cockpit. However, I'm not a big fan of the look, especially compared to molded non-skid in gelcoat. It always seems too utilitarian, but nothing wrong with it. Done neatly, I think it would look better than those $2 tiles, I suppose.

The appliques look pretty good and you don't have to fill the entire cockpit. There are expensive. You could just arrange sections where your feet hit the floor. A few smaller pre-cut appliques is much more affordable than trying to custom fit the entire cockpit floor, although, you may need to grind down the remaining molded non-skid to insure adhesion.
Small pieces of Treadmaster comes with an adhesive backing I believe. Minni's idea of smaller areas is a great suggestion. Hopefully the cockpit sole is smooth enough to both receive the Treadmaster pieces and the remaining areas not slippery when wet. Many people use this for their decks.

Check out this for all sorts of non skid re fits

https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...n+skid+cockpit

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Re: Updating cockpit non-skid

If you have a good section of nonskid on the deck, you could splash a mold off it, make a new piece of nonskid from it, and glue it on the cockpit sole. This is easier than it sounds, relatively inexpensive, and leaves you with a factory finish.

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They don't appear to be non-skid, rather a system to displace small amounts of water. One must need to pull them up to clean the trapped water, which makes them more suspicious. What would hold them in place.

I suppose they are so cheap, you could give it a shot and let us know.

There are several ways of painting on a non-skid, from purpose made kits to home made. They'd be pretty easy to apply in a cockpit. However, I'm not a big fan of the look, especially compared to molded non-skid in gelcoat. It always seems too utilitarian, but nothing wrong with it. Done neatly, I think it would look better than those $2 tiles, I suppose.

The appliques look pretty good and you don't have to fill the entire cockpit. There are expensive. You could just arrange sections where your feet hit the floor. A few smaller pre-cut appliques is much more affordable than trying to custom fit the entire cockpit floor, although, you may need to grind down the remaining molded non-skid to insure adhesion.
I encourage you to look at the link provided. The very first feature listed is non-slip surface texture. Plus it shows this material around a pool... where, obviously, one needs a non-slip surface. Check it out.
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Re: Updating cockpit non-skid

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I encourage you to look at the link provided. The very first feature listed is non-slip surface texture. Plus it shows this material around a pool... where, obviously, one needs a non-slip surface. Check it out.
I did see them. Not sure their “non-slip surface texture” for a flat wet poolside is the same as non-skid needed for a heeled sailboat. I did suggest to give them a try, but I‘m suspicious.


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