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Old 02-12-2013, 08:05   #16
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Re: HOW DO YOU NOT SLIDE AROUND ON THE CABIN FLOOR?

for any kind of carpeting, please use non skid grippers and keep your back safe.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:12   #17
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Re: HOW DO YOU NOT SLIDE AROUND ON THE CABIN FLOOR?

Carsten,

Well, when it gets wet, you'll slide on carpeting, too. We just put up with it on our boat, but its laid out so that there is no really wide area to slide on. But once, I did slide about 4 ft. No fall involved, just temporarily crunched toes. And my feet were waterlogged at the time, so slid more easily. Doesn't happen when I wear my cross-trainers, which is what I use for boat shoes.

Of all the methods proposed, I like the Dashew concept best, but might use glass beads instead of walnut shells, depending on what's available at your location. Was once on board a Canadian Herreschoff where the holly had been left standing proud, and that served well as non-skid, according to the owner (a CF member). You could try just using the glass beads on the holly part, and it would hardly show at all, especially if the rest were matte finish.

The non-skid tape leaves a sticky residue, and also deteriorates over time.

I think it is the spread of open space relative to hand holds and bracing spots that will determine whether you really need to put some form of non-skid down on the soles. It is definitely a concern. We belong to the school of live with it, but there's only one small area where there's about 5 ft. total that you could slide, it's maybe 2-1/2 ft. wide, and we hardly ever slip there, so not a problem requiring action for us--YMMV.

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Grab rails and narrow spaces. It's simple physics.
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Re: HOW DO YOU NOT SLIDE AROUND ON THE CABIN FLOOR?

True but newer designs are not about grab rails and narrow spaces
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Re: HOW DO YOU NOT SLIDE AROUND ON THE CABIN FLOOR?

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True but newer designs are not about grab rails and narrow spaces
Or going to sea...

And that's the point!

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Re: HOW DO YOU NOT SLIDE AROUND ON THE CABIN FLOOR?

Our sole has a clear mate finish, and the cabin interior and outside deck have a boat-load of handholds. There's always something sturdy to grab onto within a short arms length throughout the vessel. At the boat shows, I've noticed these traits missing from some models which try to appeal to modern tastes and wide open space.
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Or going to sea...

And that's the point!

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Funny I see new designs on the sea every day !

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Re: HOW DO YOU NOT SLIDE AROUND ON THE CABIN FLOOR?

I love this stuff. It's proof positive that many humans are programmable by outside agents who convince them that they should have shiny teak and holly soles, real, regularly sanded and salt-water washed teak decks, white, bright teeth, (fill in the brand) cigarettes, and the other stuff that Mick Jagger sings of in "Satisfaction". Marketing is everything!
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I was aboard a fairly new Hanse 53 the other day. stunning boat actually. It was designed for Med cruising and was huge inside. Floors were floated and no good grab rails...a really long way to fall if it ever happened and lots of sharp corners. In moderate conditions I'm sure it would be just fine but in a real blow it would not be a real safe interior to be in.
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Re: HOW DO YOU NOT SLIDE AROUND ON THE CABIN FLOOR?

Thanks everyone, we have some "non-skid" mats, but despite being nonskid, they still skid. I suppose I could try some double sided tape on the bottom to help them hold.

Boatman's suggestion is worth looking into.
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Re: HOW DO YOU NOT SLIDE AROUND ON THE CABIN FLOOR?

After an accident on a Leopard Cat I bought anti-slip shoes in a surf shop - perfect!!
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Re: HOW DO YOU NOT SLIDE AROUND ON THE CABIN FLOOR?

Actually, our boat has quite a few handholds and I've already added more. The Baltic, however, has VERY short waves. So even smaller stuff, say 3 meters, tend to have a sharp rise or fall and another wave is immediately behind it.

This makes for an entertaining time when below. Trying to cook, even while strapped in, is entertaining indeed. And unhooking, while carrying food ,say bowl of spaghetti, can become almost comical, as your feet slide across the sole.

Modern boats are wider and do have more room in the cabin -which is wonderful while at anchor or in harbor, but more challenging in hard seas.
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Re: HOW DO YOU NOT SLIDE AROUND ON THE CABIN FLOOR?

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And unhooking, while carrying food ,say bowl of spaghetti, can become almost comical, as your feet slide across the sole.
practice on skateboards, then you can perfect that smooth "glide"

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Re: HOW DO YOU NOT SLIDE AROUND ON THE CABIN FLOOR?

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Funny I see new designs on the sea every day !

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Well, yes Dave, that is true. But, are the inhabitants of those new designs as well protected from falls/crashes/spaghetti disasters as those on more traditional interior layouts? You know, the ones with less open space, more handholds and sometimes less slippery sole finishes.

You may think so, but I don't.

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Re: HOW DO YOU NOT SLIDE AROUND ON THE CABIN FLOOR?

idk if i would want to mess with my sole but i have used sex wax on my deck (stanchion gate) and aft cockpit which are the most common entry / exit point, usually wet and dont have nonskid.

a plastic scraper (credit card) will remove most of it and then cheese cloth filled with baking powder to remove the residuals (pantyhose work as a replacement for you ladies & cross dressing sailors) if you ever need to clean it off.

i will have to give this a test when i get below deck.

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