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Doesn't UPS or FedEx ship to Saint Thomas?

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Yes they do. Unfortunately there's no UPS ground so you are paying for air. UPS and FedEx consider the USVIs an International destination and because of proximity to the continental US charge it as a next day air international rate!!!! Therein lies the problem and why it costs so much. USPS is frequently a quarter or less of those fees.

There are a few large shippers that have very reasonable negotiated rates with UPS and FedEx to here. DishTV is one of them as is Advanced Auto.
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Bummer - you might want to check some of the forums and find out if someone is headed your way in a sailboat or trawler that can make a delivery to you.

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foamorder.com says they will ship using USPS to international locations. We had a semi-custom mattress made by them for our house and it's been great. Their website is also very informative compared to most other retailers.
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if there is a canvas house there, you might be able to negotiate the purchase of some foam from them. Even though the foam will be more expensive, you might be able to break even or maybe even be ahead by the time you've paid shipping
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foamorder.com says they will ship using USPS to international locations. We had a semi-custom mattress made by them for our house and it's been great. Their website is also very informative compared to most other retailers.
Thanks for that lead. I will let you know how it works out.
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Re: Sleeping preference?

To answer the OP;

My boat has a settee that pulls out to become a queen bed. "The Admiral" does not like the V berth, so we usually sleep on the queen settee. She does not find the 4" foam comfortable enough, so I carry an Intex queen size air mattress (6" thick), and inflate it before we go to bed. The air mattress is great, because it takes no additional room, until we need it. We then make up the bed with a set of fitted queen sheets & blankets. I suppose that the air mattress could also be used as a life raft if we were desperate...

When I am traveling with the guys, or staying on the boat alone, I sleep in the V berth; either in, or on a sleeping bag.


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if there is a canvas house there, you might be able to negotiate the purchase of some foam from them. Even though the foam will be more expensive, you might be able to break even or maybe even be ahead by the time you've paid shipping
A good suggestion and one I've already tried. They aren't really getting any breaks on foam apparently and have to pay a tax since it's for resale (a tax I don't have to pay). By the time they add on their markup I might as well fly to FL and buy a second one-way ticket for the foam to fly back with me in an adjacent seat.

The foam in the vee berth and aft birth look brand new and are somewhere between hickory and oak wood in softness. I've never in my life felt such firm foam! As soon as we sail out for a trip I lay down and am reminded how miserable the foam is. Then I come onto SN and get reminded to do something about it.
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Re: Sleeping preference?

One more point. The Intex air mattresses are available in a wide variety of sizes, not just queen.


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Re: Sleeping preference?

This is not something to overthink, in my view. Sleep where you are comfortable. Sleeping has never been a problem for me on the boat, I've slept just about everywhere except the dinghy, and I'm not ruling that one out yet.
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