Thanks, NJ. As an owner of a sister ship, I especially value your input.
I've seen masts that have all three of the rigging cables
attached to the cabin top (my 1968 Commander 42 is that way, as is the 47' Commander in the slip next to me), but my Roamer 46 mast
was rigged the same as my Connie 52--one cable goes forward of the mast base to the cabin top and the two cables
that stabilize it from side-to-side go to the helm
hardtop. I prefer that approach to what's on the Commanders for exactly the reason you're talking about
: side rigging on the cabin top is a tripping hazard.
The painter has advocated non-skid for the whole cabin top, with just a thin border of shiny all around and in areas where hardware
gets installed (ie the mast and handrails). He's used to working on new sportfishermen, though, and what looks good on a fish
killer may not on a classic. The Awl Grip non-skid is pretty darned shiny, though...when it's new, anyway. But since I've never seen a classic with extensive non-skid, I'm not sure if I want to be the guinea pig. I'd hate to walk in the tent after the paint
dries and think "ewww."
Anyway, I came up with a few alternate designs based on comments I've received. Check them out and vote for your favorite at 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Cast Your Vote for the Non-skid Layout