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Protecting a vessel from boot grit whilst being worked on ashore

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What is the issue?
Hardstanding boats are typically stored in mud yards that have been covered with shale or gravel. This sticks into the treads of work boots and as people come and go from the vessel it gets carried aboard and trodden in around the boat.

Why address this?
Grit in working boots not only dirties the vessel, but it scratches and abrades the paint and varnished surfaces.

How to address this?
Raise the foot of the ladder that takes workmen aboard up and onto a palette or wide board that stands clear of the ground. Place a large hard doormat in front of the ladder so boots can be scrubbed before ascending. If the area is particularly muddy place a trough of water so the bottom of boots may be sloshed clean.

For your own comfort have two pairs of shoes and just change when you are about to ascend or descend the ladder.

With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession

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