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What do you use for cockpit cushions...

I just can't bring myself to spring for custom cushions on my cheap boat so I ask you...

What do you cheapskates out there use?

I was going to grab some outdoor furniture cushions and go with that for around $100 but was wondering what solutions others may have come up with...

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Re: What do you use for cockpit cushions...

The Type IV throwable cushions, even though that is strictly improper...

Two cushions, one for my back and one for my rear.

I had custom cushions on my last boat - they slid off in certain conditions, got in the way when I wanted to access my cockpit lockers and took up a considerable amount of space.
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Re: What do you use for cockpit cushions...

I have a couple of those folding seats...

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Re: What do you use for cockpit cushions...

My local K-Mart had some inexpensive "stadium seats" last month while I was seeking same as you.Roughly18X18X1.5 (each half). Zip closures on all relevant openings and looked like typical "throw" cushions avail. for boats, fold-out to make back and bottom, dual foam; closed and open cell...and in blue! IIRC, were about 8 bux.
I tie them off to a handy cleat or such to keep 'em from blowing away. Wouldn't wanna waste 8 bux now, yanno

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No frame ta poke or scratch! while ya cain't sit them (or yerself) independently; they *do* cushion the back when layed against *something*

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Re: What do you use for cockpit cushions...

Hi,

outdoor cushions are a great idea. If you can wait until later in the season you may well be able to get some bargains. You could also buy some foam (cut it into shape) and outdoor vinyl and cover them yourself (or ask a good friend to do it). Stick them down with mushroom tape so they won't blow away.
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Re: What do you use for cockpit cushions...

We find that cockpit cushions are a bit of a danger because the slide around. I've landed on the cockpit floor after one slipped from under my foot. So we don't have any on our current boat. If I must, I use a folded up beach towel. It's very conformal and dual purpose!
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Re: What do you use for cockpit cushions...

Cheap cooler tops.

cooler seat - Walmart.com

Wait till they go on sale.

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Cheap cooler tops.

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Wait till they go on sale.
ding ding ding....we have a winner

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Re: What do you use for cockpit cushions...

Nothing. Just learn to be a hardass.
Safer that way.
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Re: What do you use for cockpit cushions...

Ding, ding, ding.....another cheapskate option I've actually used in my cockpit:

You can buy a 108" x 24" x 1 1/2" thick sheet of 2.2 lb. density closed cell polyethylene foam (the type used in some PFD's) from the The Foam Factory for $60.00 online, and they'll cut it to custom shapes for you for a few dollars more.

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