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Smile mattresses-which one?

OK, I purchased the Lord Nelson 35 mentioned in other posts. The mattresses are a little ratty and I want to replace them. I'm getting differing opinions of innerspring vs no innerspring(rust). Any comments on mattresses in general and manufacturers you've had success with would be appreciated.
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We have been completely satisfied with our mattress that was made from a household latex foam mattress. It is very heavy dense material compared to the lightweight foam normally supplied on boats. We have slept on it about 70% of the last 9 years and it is still in perfect condition. I don't see any need for a spring mattress.

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I have never been very happy on foam so had a custom mattress fabricated. The marine mattress folks give a powder coating option for the springs to keep rust away.
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Living aboard full time means 8+ hours a day in the bed so it is worth the investment to be comfortable. It is different if you only use the boat on weekends and short trips. Some people like latex foam best or the "space" foam but I like the springs best...just don't skimp if you are gonna be living a 1/3 of your life on it!
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At home I have lived on 6-8 inches of foam over plywood for 30+ years.

Works for me.

Right now I have 3" very firm under 2" med. firm under 3" of "memory foam (the heavy expensive stuff).

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There is some personal taste involved here. If you like foam mattresses then good a good foam one. We don't so went with a custom innerspring mattress. Love it. Holding up well now about 5 yrs old. Check out HANDCRAFT MATTRESS COMPANY
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We bit the bullet and went with Artisan Mattress' Tempurpedic. Boat show discount helped but they are still $$$$. I can and do sleep anywhere particularly underway but the mate won't. We are full timers and are very happy with the choice. It is every thing their press claims.
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Also, from what I have read (owners), if you add a Froli Sleep System to a 4" mattress things are pretty darn good.
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