Safety & Seamanship

Companionway stairs are a logical first step in a non-slip makeover.

Non-Skid Tapes for Boats

Durability and grip in non-skid tapes.

Slips and falls will probably always be the greatest hazard on a sailboat, whether the result is a trip over the side, a knee slammed into the deckhouse, or a tumble down the companionway.

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