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Question Replacing interior cushions/upholstery

Soon I'll be taking possession of my first sailboat, a Catalina 34. Will be in Long beach, CA. Need to change the original cushions and upholstery. Has anyone had any experience in going down to Mexico and getting them made there? Any leads about where to go, costs, and how it all turned out would be appreciated.

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for quality and price ive had good experience with defender in ct. www.defender.com
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Good Old Boat has an aricle on a DIY that looks pretty good.
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Despite the price being cheaper in Mexico, it may be easier to simply deal with a local uphoslterer. You can take him your old cushions and he can make new ones that will fit on the first try. If the Mexican ones don't fit...? What's the hassle worth to you?
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It use to be that you could get it done but you needed to supply the thread because they had cheep thread that broke. I don't know today that was several years back it could be you would have to see some ones work to tell if it was worth BEANS.
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Reticulated Foam

Be sure to check out the OPEN CELL Reticulated Foam. It does not hold water. Nothing worse than wet soggy foam cushions that have to be removed from the covers and still take a week to dry. Use the ventilated fabric Phifertex on bottom or side of the cushion cover and things stay dry and mildew free.
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Most upholsteery foam of 'good' and better quality and above is 'open cell'. The best way to prevent water, vapor and 'stink' permeation is to apply/glue a latex membrane on the top and all sides (the same latex used in condoms, etc. .... the sealed bottom usually face a vinyl bottom facing of the fabric covering. The latex sheet is available from most upholsterer supply sources.
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Be sure to check out the OPEN CELL Reticulated Foam. It does not hold water. Nothing worse than wet soggy foam cushions that have to be removed from the covers and still take a week to dry. Use the ventilated fabric Phifertex on bottom or side of the cushion cover and things stay dry and mildew free.
Check out c.cushions.com. They are located in Texas and have cockpit cushions for every make and model.

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