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Re: Replacing V berth foam material

We just picked some up from Job Lot.
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Re: Replacing V berth foam material

I use several layers of thick carpet covered by Sampson PVC saturated dacron. It's the only thing which wont hurt my back and wont absorb water. I gave up on fabric 40 years ago. No complaints from me or my crews.

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Re: Replacing V berth foam material

Last year we replaced the v-berth mattress after we had a catastrophic holding tank leak - the clean out deck plate located beneath the mattress loosened while bashing home one day. Nasty. The mattress was a complete loss and had to be replaced.
Additionally, we added a memory foam topper, and bought a Froli sleep system (snap together spring affair) to install under the matress. It made all the difference, and I highly recommend it.

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Re: Replacing V berth foam material

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Anyone have a source for a high quality dense memory foam topper? The thicker the better. We have an old inch and a half to tow inch topper that does little more than give the illusion.
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Replacing V berth foam material

JoAnn Fabrics has high density in 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5" thicknesses.

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If buying at JoAnn Fabrics, there are almost always coupons available for 40% off any single non-sale item. Makes a big difference.

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JoAnn Fabrics has high density in 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5" thicknesses.
I only see it in 2 ft wide strips. Can you get it wide enough for a full size berth?


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Re: Memory Foam -- Be Careful

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I'll probably go with some 4-inch memory foam in the near future ...
Be careful about investing in enough memory foam to do you berth cushions. We purchased a memory foam bed for home thinking it would help with back pain as claimed. These things are shockingly expensive.

After six months we just gave it away. By then I was sleeping on the floor to get relief for my back and my wife was in constant pain.

I asked my doctor about this and he explained that you sink into memory foam and it tends to inhibit your turning over in your sleep and that leads to muscle cramps in your back and can also aggravate disk problems. His attitude was along the lines of "yep, another memory foam problem".

We went back to a firm mattress and went back to the normal, occasional middle aged back pains

I have talked to some people who like memory foam, but a lot more who had similar problems. The majority of the "likes" have been from people under 40.

We haven't tried a memory foam topper over standard cushions. But memory foam tends to hold heat, which wouldn't be a good thing on a humid night.

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Re: Replacing V berth foam material

We had our cushions professionally done. The material on top is a soft furniture fabric supplied by the canvas maker. The bottoms are phifertex to help the cushions breathe. She recommended a "medium firm" foam.

One item that I haven't heard mentioned is the need to back cut the cushions so they fit snugly against the curve of the berth so there's no gap for you or for things to fall into. We also took her two sets of sheets my wife picked out and had her make fitted sheets.

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I'd still like to try the Foli system under these cushions.

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Re: Replacing V berth foam material

We have a temper-pedic mattress at home and have trouble sleeping elsewhere now. It isn't for back trouble, but for me, its my shoulders. Arthritis, I believe. My wife's arm falls asleep when we sleep on hotel mattresses. Yes, they are expensive. I've been told there are those that love them and those that hate them, and no one in-between. I think that is true.

We have a 2 inch very soft topper on our berth on the boat. We would like to find something much thicker. The mattresses aren't bad, so I'm convinced a better topper and we're set.

Still having trouble sourcing a thick dense topper that will fit a queen size bed. The two inchers are everywhere.


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