Date: 20 June 2020 Preventing
Injury, Step Edition.
All folks of a certain age become
concerned about our health. Staying independent is Extremely
important. One way to insure same is to be proactive in preventing
accidents. I learned about that in a rather abrupt fashion. Details
can be found in the
Broken Arm Lessons
article. Aboard Seaweed there are however other places that needed attention.
Today I'll tell you about a $10 solution to one safety issue I was
The first thing you should know is
that I'm a big fan of slippers inside the boat. This is primarily
because they are more comfy than my regular boat shoes. It is also a
ritual, in that this is home and I can be comfortable here.
I wear inexpensive dollar store slippers, and repair
them when the bottoms get holes.
though, slippers did not get named that because of the great
traction experienced while being worn. They slide and that can be
dangerous. This problem was most pronounced when stepping down into my forward cabin.
Schematic of Seaweed shown below:
is shown in the top drawing, starboard side of the boat next to the wheel.
An open doorway is next to the steering wheel.
One step down and you're in my cabin. That is the slippery step.
There are of course a multitude of
hand holds on my boat. The problem is that at bunk time I'm heading
below with Skipper, my tea cup, a
Paperwhite, the tablet and a phone. I
am not an
octopus with a multitude of arms to hold things. Usually I place all the peripherals near the doorway,
except that time when I slipped.
I know. You know.
We all know that was a dumb choice. Fortunately I did not fall, nor
break anything. I took the mishap as a wake-up call. The step had
become a dangerous spot.
I needed to resolve this ASAP. In
the meantime I stopped trying to carry everything below at one time.
In considering my options, I felt the best
choice would be to add some non-skid tape to the edge of the step.
I found what I needed on eBay from a seller
located in Hong Kong.
The price was less than $10 for 15 feet of two inch wide non-skid
I surmised that with 15' of the stuff, when it fails
there will be plenty more to replace the tape.
My goal was to cover just the
OUTBOUND EDGE ↓
of the step.
Carefully I cut
the a piece a bit longer than needed. Then I angle cut the corners.
Though not perfectly sized, this is definitely Good Enough. I can
state unequivocally that the addition of tape is a success. It
prevents me from sliding forward.
Even though I do have handholds
when stepping down into my cabin, the $10 solution was a good one.
If/when this tape deteriorates or starts to pull away I can replace it with
ease. Eventually I may add a strip to the edges
of both steps into my pilothouse. In the meantime I hope you too
will stay safe.
Learned: I believe that by paying
attention to a potential accident I was able to proactively
prevent any problems in the future.
tape is an inexpensive solution to slippery steps. One piece
across the edge is sufficient to prevent slips and falls.
Price, circa spring of 2020: less than $10 for 15' (5 meters)
from a Hong Kong based seller on
eBay. Mine is 2" wide and
comes in a variety of colors. I chose charcoal grey.
Happy boating, and thank you for
July 2020: A commenter asked where and how
to purchase this item from an eBay seller. First, the primer on
how to find the least expensive product is found in this
Screening My Hatch (eBay advice)
The search term to use
is: NON SKID TAPE ~ From there,
search by price, lowest first. In checking, today I can buy 3m
(15') of 5cm (2") grey non-skid tape for $4.41 and free
shipping. The seller is mhestore2009. The thing to know
however is that sellers come and go. Today mhestore2009 is the
least expensive however next week the price will differ.
Always search by price, lowest first. Good Luck!
Have any of you tried the non-skid tape?
And, what is your experience with the tape?
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