I have a center cockpit
Tayana 47 and that means that there are 5 steps to get up into the cockpit
. On my boat
, the steps are just straight across, about 16" wide by 8" deep with a slightly raised 1/4" wide strip of holly (or some other white hardwood) about 1" back from the front of each step and with rounded off fronts to each tread. When I got the boat
the steps looked great because they were well varnished, but they are also quite slippery and I don't want anyone getting hurt. So, I'm trying to decide what to do that would make footing more secure.
I've used varnish
with sand in it before and it worked for awhile but is a pain to renew when needed so I'm thinking I'd like to try something different, but have not entirely ruled out the sand in varnish
One solution I'm considering is to simply sand the varnish off the tops of each teak
tread and go au naturale. Bare teak
is certainly less slippery than varnished teak and with my electric
sander it would be pretty easy to do. I'd leave a 1" strip along the side edges of each tread varnished, along with the upright parts
I'm also considering using those Treadmaster pre-cut, self adhesive
pieces on each step, but with the raised holly strip about 1" back, if I place the Treadmaster just behind each strip, the front 1" of each tread will still be slippery varnish, and that's where your feet tend to go when in a hurry. I've also considered sanding
off the raised strip and then using the self adhesive
16"X7" Treadmaster and wrapping it tightly around the front of the tread with a couple of screws with finish washers through it up into the bottom of the tread, so the front of the tread and the first 5" of the top of each tread would be covered. But I've never worked with Treadmaster before and I'm not sure if you can tightly wrap it around the rounded front of a 1" thick stair tread, or if it would hold up well right at the point where it bends and is always being stepped on.
What do those of you who are familiar with Treadmaster think?
Any other possible solutions I'm missing, especially from others with center cockpit
boats who have dealt with this same situation?