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New cushions - north Chicagoland

I'd really like to replace all my 1975, mildewed interior cushions.
Can anyone recommend a good boat upholsterer in Chicagoland, preferably north?

I'd like to have some new cushions that won't mind getting wet from time to time (closed cell foam)?). Eventually, I'd like to replace the leaky portlights, but given my to-do list, I doubt it will be this year.

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The leaking portlights may be causing other serious issues, besides getting the cushions wet. I'd look into repairing them sooner rather than later. Leaking portlights can also add to mold and mildew buildup in the boat as well. If it is the hardware around the ports that are leaking, it may also be allowing water into the deck's core, if you have a cored deck and cabintop. If that's the case, it may be rotting the deck core, and that leads to a delaminating deck... a very expensive repair usually.
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I know it isn't exactly in the Chicagoland area, but I HIGHLY recommend Dorsal Sails and Canvas in Sturgeon Bay, WI. Charlie (owner) has built sails for me, repaired sails, and done some custom sail covers, etc... for me. He also does canvas and upholstery work for all the new Palmer Johnson boats rolling out. Very high quality at reasonable prices.

Dorsal Sails and Canvas -* Sturgeon Bay, WI - Door County - Sail Maker - Sail Loft - Marine Fabric - Boat Covers

I would be happy to answer questions if you want to PM me.
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Replacement cushions --- Antioch, IL

Not sure when you posted this or if you already found someone to make your cushions but I used an canvas maker in Antioch, IL. I moved from there a couple years ago so I don't have access to a local yellow pages or I would look it up.
Sorry but I don't remember the company name but they are on Rt 173 about a mile west of town. The company is on the north side of the road and has a big sign out advertising custom canvas and upholster work.
I had them custom make some for my boat and they had no pattern (existing cushion) to work from. Excellent quality and reasonable price.
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I dealt with this on my old geezer.

I made sure to reseal the windows....

Then I peeled off all my hull liner, removed my seat backs, and threw out all my cushions.

I was able to get new hull liner in big rolls for relatively cheap and used an adhesive to re-line the hull. (wear a breathing mask)

For cushions, I might recommend trying to find some outdoor furniture cushions. We found lounge cushions that were high quality mildew resistant, plush, and fit within 1 inch of the originals. I think we re-cushioned for about 300 bucks.

Then we tore up one of those cushions and used the same material for re-lining the seat backs. I have project pictures up if you're interested.


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