We have an older Melges 24 with old, smooth, battered nonskid surfaces. As smooth as the nonskid has become, we actually do not have too much of a problem with sliding around but want to restore the look of the decks, and maybe get some more grip while we are at it.
I've been researching the various options, but hoping for some "this is what I did" type recommendations.
- Would like the cockpit sole to be more agressive than the decks, but don't want anything that tears up foulies or bare feet too much
- Want something we can apply right over old nonskid (after rough sanding to smooth things out)
- Have read a lot of good about KiwiGrip, but not sure the marbled look is really what we are going for (also looks a bit too aggressive)
- Not entirely sure what the current paint is, but assume it is just the factory nonskid
- Have looked at the adhesive nonskid options, but prefer something more permanent
Any suggestions? Most of the threads I've found seem to be centered on bigger boats with more aggressive nonskid requirements.
As far as your cockpit sole requirements (e.g. nonskid that doesn't tear up bare feet and foulies ), you should try Hydroturf. It is a soft non-skid that comes in sheets. If you do a search you'll see a lot of discussion about it and everyone who has ever used has been very happy. you want to get the molded diamond pattern with the 3M peel and stick backing. This stuff is unbelievable. I stumbled upon it a few years ago looking for non-skid for my finn with the same requirements as you. It doesn't absorb water, doesn't weigh much, is easy to apply, inexpensive, great grip yet soft and cushy on bare feet.
I've ended up putting it on a lot of different boats (including fishing boats) and love the product. Just google hydroturf and get more info from them. they are very nice and helpful folks. If you have any questions, feel free to pm me.