Bare Aluminum Decks

Hello Steve and Linda:

I have a
relatively simple question, we are considering having an aluminum
sailing catamaran built for us in the Philippines (Tim Mumby design)
and I am intrigued by the idea of having bare aluminum decks. Does
this work in the tropics where we tend to spend quite a lot of time?
Seems like they would get quite hot. If it does work, any thoughts on
sources for non skid plating that would work for this?
BTW, you introduced me to some calculations on prop tip speed and
cavitation that made our Max Prop work much better.

Howdy Steve:

Our experience is that aluminum decks are about the same temperature with bare feet as teak. An hour either side of noon and you want shoes. We use marine grade treadplate.

Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 6, 2010)

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