Some discussions that arose about the non-skid map I included in my article on final sanding and priming the decks inspired me to come up with alternative designs. I don’t pretend to be an artsy-fartsy type, but the sketches below pretty much capture the ideas that people have brought up. Please select your preference in the poll at the bottom. The factors to keep in mind include:
Safety (including slipperiness and potentially blinding reflectivity of shiny paint)
Aesthetics (sprayed Awl Grip non-skid is extremely uniform and not so shiny…but is it pretty, especially on the cabin top and bow seat of a classic Chris Craft?)
Utility (ie non-skid on the bow seat might tear up clothing or even skin, but then cushions are an option)
Here are the designs
Design A: No non-skid on the bow seat or cabin top Reason given: classic boats look better without it.
Design B: Non-skid center stripe Reason given: necessary for safety, but too much detracts from classic boats. Also, width matches helm and bow seat center windows.
Design C: Non-skid to handrail Reason given: non-skid on bow seat hurts, but 6″ on either side provides safe steps onto cabin top. Also, more non-skid on center span of cabin top dulls the glare caused by shiny paint; less eye strain after long, sunny days at the helm.
Design D: Non-skid all the way across the bow seat and cabin top (except for the center stripe of shiny; the mast cannot be bedded on non-skid), with a 1.5″ border of shiny AwlCraft 2000 Matterhorn white to the fillets and radii all the way around. Reason given: Provides maximum safety. Also, this is how Weaver Boatworks does their sportfishermen, and the painter thinks it looks good.