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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Gluing the Sunbrella directly to the foam with contact cement for my dinghy rowing seat was so easy and turned out looking so professional that it inspired me to finally make the cockpit cushions I had bought the materials for a couple of years ago. I kept putting off the project because of the complexity of sewing the covers for a good fit. I'm not afraid of the sewing machine; I made all of the sail covers and the pop top enclosure. But the cushions intimidated me because of the close fitting necessary. Contact cement to the rescue! I didn't have to sew a stitch, and each cushion only took about an hour to make after I had cut the foam to fit. I even made a cushion for the bridge deck/companionway, which is where my wife likes to sit. I think backrests for the companionway sides are next. I also made a pair of J shaped backrests that fit over the cockpit coamings.

Chiquita - 1974 Macgregor Venture of Newport 23

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