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post #21 of 28 Old 09-13-2012
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What was the reason for the long straps. Would it have worked if the straps were a lot shorter?
David, I can't say there was a lot of thought put into the strap length. I asked our canvas guy to add short straps and snaps and that's the just length he used. When we got the cushions to the boat I screwed the snaps into the fiberglass at that length.

That said the longer strap means I can tip the cushions back and clean underneath occasionally without undoing all the snaps. So it worked out to be a good thing.

I do have to clean under the cushions a couple of times a season. Our boat doesn't sit quite level so I'll get a bit of mildew starting under the starboard cushion. A little boat soap and a brush seem to do the trick. The bottoms are phifertex and the tops are sunbrella so the dirt washes right off.
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Re: Boat cushions

We just got bottom-sider clones from C-Cushion. I made "pillow case" storage covers for them so i could stow them in a cockpit locker without worrying about damaging them. I went to a dollar store for the cheapest sheets I could find for the material.
At first, I was concerned about them blowing out of the cockpit, but that hasn't seemed to be a problem. If I see them starting to lift off the seats, I'll probably use some type of fasteners. They are quite an investment, but the admiral loves them.
We still use all cloth, folding stadium seats for back support. They do tend to fly around , so they get tethered.
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Re: Boat cushions

We bought the Bottomsiders small back cushions to sit on in the cockpit. For about $60 we now have these supremely comfortable low profile (I think about 1.5 inches) high density foam "butt pads". They are slightly "tacky" so dont fall off the seat when we change sides, unlike other cushions we have had. I like them so much I am almost tempted to buy the full length ones but they are very pricey and would be a big investment for our little boat. They can get fitted with pop studs by the manufacturer to keep them in place if you want.

On non sailing days we put the cushions in our kayaks and enjoy them there too.
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I bought cooler cushions. $20 each on sale. I might add some velcro along the bottom outer edge. For my helmsman seat I bought foam and Sunbrella and made my own.
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Our cockpit cushions are like BLJONES, closed cell foam with covers that don't absorb water and have a little weave texture, can't remember the name of material with snaps on all four corners to hold them down.
Left San Francisco for San Diego in a boat with no cockpit cushions so I brought along four lawn chair cushions, all but 1 jumped ship enroute.
I store the 7 cushions in port lazzerette when not aboard, just so the birds don't have a high value bombing target.

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Re: Boat cushions

Go buy some bean bags.There light,form to the space and your butt. You can move them anywhere cockpit fordeck... Cheep and vinyl covers are waterproof.
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Re: Boat cushions

for my B day admiral got two of these. Color ( have choices) matches sail cover and non skid.

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Absolutley awesome and have strap to carry to beach or wherever. Rachet to any angle.
Like to sit with back on house on forepeak and read. Perfect. Move them around in cockpit and don't have big bulky cushions to deal with. Well made ( from Denmark if I recall).

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I tried using some (thermarest) self inflating pads, and found them too slippery for my tastes.
A few lines or daps of silicone "caulking" (seam sealer or the like) will stop that. Do both sides.
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