Nonskid is my next priority, because a fall creates no minor injury a thousand miles offshore. The nonskid should be aggressive and strategically placed. To determine where I actually need nonskid, I walk barefoot on the dock for a few minutes to get my feet dirty, and then go for an afternoon sail. Back at the dock, I find the tracks of my day written on the deck, and inevitably find footprints on large and slippery hatches, sloping cabin sides, cockpit coamings, and points of exit and entry onto the boat. Even if changed to a less aggressive and more attractive style, the nonskid should run below, onto the companionway steps and the saloon sole. This is a high-traffic area, often wet and too often steep. The steps should have the shallowest inclination possible, with captured sides or significant bevels.