When you’re on the water, you’re bound to get splashed a bit—even when you don’t mean to! A non-skid deck is built to keep you and your passengers safe as you move on board after swimming, a sudden shower, or the struggle to land a big catch.
It’s important from both a safety and style perspective to carefully maintain your non-skid deck, but how do you do that? We’ve got you covered! Just read on as we share a closer look at non-skid surfaces, and a few easy tips on how to keep them working their best.
The importance of a well-maintained non-skid deck
Life on the water comes with lots of movement, from simply walking around on board to moving your footing for better leverage fishing. Of course, water and movement don’t always mix—it’s the reason “no running” signs surround swimming pools!
Non-skid decks are hugely beneficial to boat owners because they provide a safer on-board experience. Like we said, water on board is almost always unavoidable, but a non-skid deck helps to lessen H2O’s effects on your experience by adding some grip to your step.
From a competitive angle, non-skid decks also provide a serious advantage when it comes to landing the big one. The best catches take time, endurance, and, often, some fancy footwork to ensure that you maintain your balance on board. A non-skid surface on your casting deck area makes the effort a lot safer and smoother.
How non-skid surfaces work
We always want our boats’ exteriors to look smooth and sleek—but when it comes to our decks, a little grit goes a long way. Modern non-skid surfaces are built to provide a little bit of traction through the use of tiny ridges or changes in texture. This slight unevenness feels like a regular floor as you walk around—completely comfortable—but it’s busy at work providing much-needed friction for safely maneuvering the on-board environment, helping your feet resist slipping, working in much the same way as a shower mat at home.
Because non-skid surfaces rely so heavily upon their texture to be effective, it is especially important that they are kept clean at all times. A dirty non-skid deck doesn’t just look less than perfect, but it may lead to some slipping around, too, since dirt can build up in the tiny crevices that make a non-skid surface effective.
Our tip for maximum longevity
Now that you know how non-skid surfaces work—and why it’s so important to keep them clean—you’ll be happy to learn that maintaining them is easier than you think! All these non-skid surfaces need is regular washes, just like the rest of your boat. This will ensure that you’re always as safe as possible on board, and that dirt doesn’t have a chance to build up and create a bigger mess down the line. As your go-to marine detailing team in Daytona Beach, we can ensure that your boat is cleaned with the best possible materials for a non-skid surface. (Tip: For spot cleanings in between sessions, use a soft-bristled brush and mild soap to remove dirt and stains. This will help you remove the dirt without potentially scratching your non-skid deck’s surface and rendering it less effective!)
For added safety…
In addition to maintaining your non-skid surface with regular cleaning, you can add to your on-board safety checklist by, of course, not running on board. (Those old swimming pool signs were right!) Pick out a pair of trusty boat shoes that are built to resist slipping. If they’re older, and the tread is gone, you’ll want to swap them for a newer pair for maximum function.
We hope that these tips help you enjoy your time on the water to the fullest! To help keep your non-skid surface and overall ride looking its best, call Premier Marine Detailing today. We can put together a regular service schedule so that you know your boat is clean, safe and ready to go for whatever the day may bring.