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Vinyl-coated cockpit cushions

I'm trying to find a cheap source of vinyl-coated (sealed) closed-cell foam cushions for the cockpit. Similar to those sold by bottomsiders or other marine stores, but they want $1200 or so for a set of 3 or 4 cushions.

I need a simple rectangular cushion, about 48 x 16 x 3.

Can find cheap "stadium cushions" on Amazon for $10; right construction but much too small. Found these "pool cushions" that are closer: Foam Pool & Spa Seat Cushion 2-Pack Oval SS59222SET

Anyone know of a good source ? Thanks.
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The difficult-custom-cheap route would be to build your own. You could get foam for about $65-70 (Polyethylene Foam, Roll, Tubes, Polyethylene Closed Cell Foam Sheets), and fabric for about $70 (Solids at OutdoorFabrics.com), and instructions for $5 (sailrite.com).
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The seats sold to put on top of coolers may even have snaps!

They are pretty cheap if you shop around.
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We bought ours from C-Cushions. They custom make them based on your boat, but I'm sure they would be willing to do whatever you needed.
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Barquito: I don't want fabric-over-foam; I want sealed vinyl over foam.

RobGallagher: I'm pretty sure cooler-tops are the wrong size (too deep, not long enough, probably not thick enough), but I'll check.

Remetau: C-Cushions looks pretty expensive, in the $1000+ range. I forget the exact number they gave me for my boat.
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RobGallagher: okay, I was wrong, Igloo has a cushion that's a possibility: 39 x 16.5 x 2.75 for $72. Thanks.
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I went the sail rite route, not an experienced sewer, watched the video and simply followed the instructions. Pretty happy with the outcome.
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Ordered one of these: Walmart.com: Igloo Seat Cushion Marine Cooler - White, 128-Quart: Camping Not quite the technology I wanted, but I'll see how well it works.
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I hope you come up with something. I researched along the same lines last year and couldn't find a real substitute. C Cushions and Bottomsiders both cost about the same--maybe C is 100 bucks cheaper.
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If the igloo product does not work out the bottomsiders might be worth another consideration, depending on how long you plan to keep the boat. Mine came with the boat so I did not have to deal with the cost, but they are about 15 years old and have held up very well. They are dark blue and a bit faded, but otherwise still work great.
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