This blog is about sailing my home-build "Goat Island Skiff". A 16ft wooden "new classic" dinghy designed by Michael Storer.
I have started building this boat in September 2009 and launched it October 2010. I am using it mainly as a single-handed trailer-sailer dinghy in my home-area, the inland waterways of the Dutch "Biesbosch" and surrounding rivers.

dinsdag 21 september 2010

Making Non-Slip panels in my Goat Island Skiff

The inside of my GIS is fully varnished, so it has also varnished floorpanels.
It appears that these panels are too slippery to be comfortable especially when wet in more heavy sailing circumstances.
This is also due to the fact that a GIS can handle greater angles of heeling in gusts and f.e. when you are roll-tacking.
I decides to make non-slip area's in a simple inexpensive way; using fine sand ( so-called "birds-sand") and varnish.
First step is to sand the floorpanels and to mask the area's that should not have a non-slip surface.
The main area's that needs a non-slip surface is in the back of the boat, where you do most of your sailing. But I also made a non-slip area in the front part.

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