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Re: Aggressive non-skid and line wear
Over the years I've seen some pretty aggressive non-skid on boats and my first thought is how much damage would I do to myself if I fell on it.
Since I never (except if its cold) wear shoes or boots when onboard, it also looks very hard on the feet.
When I redid the decks on my 65' gaffer, I covered the fir decks with rolled on neoprene/hypalon (like on your inflatable but w/o the cloth) then covered crushed walnut shells with the last two layers. I used a flour sifter to insure there were no big pieces in the non-skid. The walnut shells are a preferred non-skid material because it won't absorb moisture and it can be easily sanded. This worked out to be a fantastic deck covering and non-skid. It was also a very good insulation barrier against the tropical heat and very easy to patch.
At the time, this was the method for ramps in high traffic areas like sports stadiums, etc. I don't know that the neoprene/hypalon would work very well on fiberglass, but the walnut shells (easily purchased) sprinkled in a boat paint could be superior to other products available, and much cheaper.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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Last edited by capta; 03-05-2020 at 09:00 AM.