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My wife sews and we have a SailRite machine so we might be a bit more equipped than others... we bought a king sized latex mattress from IKEA (latex doesn't absorb moisture as much as memory foam and other foams do) for about $700. She then pulled off the outer covers exposing the several layers of shaped latex inside, cut them down to the shape of our vberth, cut and resewed the covers and put it all back together again. The result is a home type of mattress that's incredibly comfortable (different cushion points for head, midsection, butt, legs and feet) and perfectly fits our berth. It's great having the original heavy duty covers holding the whole thing together.

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I didn't think about the heat with memory foam... when my fiance and I slept on the boat it got down into the 30's and we were pretty toasty... I may need to think of something else come spring/summer time... for now I'm just. Going to enjoy this wonderful winterr weather we're having... its 75 today
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I have found that foam does not offer enough support for me. I have been putting my Thermorest camping pad on top of the foam cushions and it is more comfortable than my bed at home. I am in the process of trying to find a way to make a permanent air mattress on top of the foam that I can inflate when needed.
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Cutting Foam: Best to use a serrated knife or electric knife. It cuts so quickly.

I used an 8" tempurpedic and cut two inches off the bottom. I think it's wonderful and the heat isn't an issue as I'm a New England sailor. The other advantage of memory foam is that it hugs your body, keeping you in place as the boat rolls. Downside to memory foam is that it's open cell, so can absorb water. I use a piddle pad over the top and fastidiously keep water away from it.
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