Hydroturf or something similar (EVA foam) is what you need. You can buy it with the 3m adhesive already on it or use one of the 3m spray on foam adhesives. Contact cement works well too but it is hard to apply it large areas. I have "regripped" my Contender several times. The non-skid bathroom/stairway tapes are too aggressive. It is like using sand paper. The Contender's have used Pro grip since they figured out it works great.
It makes it much much easier to get out on the wire. Looking at the Vago with that stepped side really adds to you difficulty. With the Hydroturf on the deck it is "sticky" enough to just walk backwards on. Check out some of the Contender sailing videos in regards to placement along the gunnels. If ya like shoot me a PM with your number and I'll be more then happy to talk to you about it. Check this one out for sure. It shows the pro grip very well when he is running.
Shit. Three TCC boats and three Catamarans? I guess we are doing this.
Duwke, If I have the Contender back together by then I might be able to do it. I dang sure am not going to try it in the Canoe. Centerboard arrives Friday. She is still in Governails shop and loads of stuff to repair and replace to make her right again. If I can make it I will.