How To: Make Your Companionway Less Slippery

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I don’t know mom, those stairs look awful slippery!

Can I tell you something? I sort of missed boat projects. That feeling of making something, of Macgyver-ing your way through life, can leave a girl feeling accomplished. With a new boat that was not kept in ship-shape it can be hard to pick a project to start with. There is just SOO much to do!

After we took care of some major leaks, I set my sight on our companionway. The Vagabond 42 has a nice wide companion way ladder that isn’t too steep. The individual steps are pretty wide and there are handholds all along the way up in case you need them. Bonus that of our both dogs can get up and down them on their own. But, over our short time aboard both Jason and I have slid down a step or two so we wanted to add a bit more traction to the steps.

We talked about non skid tape, but wanted something that could also protect the wood. Then we stumbled upon the cheapest rugs you can find at Ikea. They were perfect. I cut them to fit each step and then used my Pres-n-snap to add snaps to the corners. I opted to place the snaps on the under side of the step on the off chance someone could trip on it. This project was so easy and really makes a huge difference for both us and the dogs. They now have something to grip onto while climbing up and down the stairs!

The best part of this project is that each of the rugs only cost us $1.48, which includes a $0.19 surcharge versus their online price (damn you NYC inflation!). For a total of the four rugs used in this project, we spent less than $6! Easily one of my cheapest boat projects.

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We were short one rug. Oops!
You can see the rugs are already doing their job protecting the wood, man are they dirty just a day in!
You can see the rugs are already doing their job protecting the wood, man are they dirty just a day in!
Man do I love my Pres-n-snap, they literally make projects like this a snap!
Man do I love my Pres-n-snap, they literally make projects like this a snap!
Come on mom! Is it safe to come down yet?
Come on mom! Is it safe to come down yet?

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    • Thanks Anthony! Hopefully we stick with this one for a while. Don’t worry, there are PLENTY of projects for us to come up with creative solutions for 😉

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