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get a grip

Big Pimpin’: Getting grippy in Florida

Do you own a boat in Florida? Are you bringing your boat down to Florida for the winter sailing season? Has your original non-skid worn smooth and providing no traction? Are you slipping and sliding all over the place every time it gets wet? Is your foredeck crew spending more time on their ass than on their feet? Then maybe it’s time to redo your non-skid.

Have you contacted a boat yard to get a quote on a traditional non-skid job? $3,000?? $5,000?? $7,000 or more? For a traditional non-skid job at a boat yard they have to pull your boat out of the water, remove all your deck hardware and sand your deck. Then they apply a combination of Awlgrip and crushed shells or sand, re-install all your deck hardware and put your boat back in the water. The process takes about a week and what you get is a surface that provides decent traction will shred a pair of shorts in months, is hot under foot and tends to break down over time.

Why not consider a non-skid job from South East Non-Skid, LLC? They use a revolutionary product called Kiwi Grip. Developed in New Zealand, it is hands down the best non-skid application you can put on your boat. It is a single part acrylic polymer designed by a yachtsman for yachtsman. The texture is dialed in by a proprietary roller and they can do anything from fine to aggressive. They do it with your boat in your slip or trailer and it goes right over your existing deck surface. A 35 footer takes just one day and you can be out sailing the next They don’t remove any hardware, everything is expertly taped. What you end up with is a surface that provides superior grip without being abrasive, is attractive in appearance, is cool under foot and lasts for years. All at usually less than 1/3 of the cost. Nice.

Based in South Florida they do everything from J/24′s to 70ft sleds, from 60ft Sportfisherman’s to Boston Whaler’s. From Jacksonville to Key West, from Pensacola to Ft. Meyers they cover it all. And as a special promotion, SA followers can get a 20% discount on your job. Just enter “SA” in promo code box on the “Get a quote” tab. That’s a $300 savings on a 30 foot boat. Check em here.


November 14th, 2013

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