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Lookat he tufted toper. i have been thinking about this but have ot one it yet
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Man, I thought buying a sewing machine would be an extravagance, but I can see that there's a load of jobs on the average boat to compensate for the crappy "default setting" of yellow foam.
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Hoffa - what position does she sleep in? Sleeping on your side, with the knees bent can make a big difference on the back.
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Hoffa,
We use the memory foam over egg crate over PCI supplied mattress which is on the firm side as mattresses go.

I've visited on boats with custom crafted mattresses they were as good as my 2000.00 king sized at home - sorry to say I'm afraid when it comes to beds there is no substitute for money, you really do get what you pay for.

On the other hand, I spent 20 years sleeping on 1.95 mattresses supplied by the lowest bidder to the navy and had no problems - so maybe it is a age divided by cost multiplied by number or rums solution?
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i think chucklesr hit it on the head. sucks getting old. she does sleep on her side knees bent, which means she hogs the bed, but it's still not enough. the real question is which way to go, as once you cut and modify the thing it's ours, whether it works or not.
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Considering the number in favor of memory foam, regardless of thickness... it might make sense to go that way. Besides, if the memory foam doesn't do the trick, you can get a mattress and use the foam on top of it.
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Considering the number in favor of memory foam, regardless of thickness... it might make sense to go that way. Besides, if the memory foam doesn't do the trick, you can get a mattress and use the foam on top of it.
Or use the memory foam on top of what he has now.
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When I was growing up, my parents made me help them cut up an expensive queen sized mattress. Now being all grown up and understanding what comfort really is, it was worth the effort to save the $$$ and do it your self. Now the bed has 4" memory foam.
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Good ideas. guys!
For me, the frost that melts during the day and soaks the mattress from underneath is the problem... Building the slats to keep the cushion off the vberth plywood makes perfect sense. I have used large sheets of 1/8 inch polyethylene foam under the cushion, but water still gets in.
I don't like sleeping in a wet bed.
Now I have to take apart the vberth cushions every morning to keep them dry...
Even if I don't like thick mattresses, ( I prefer thermarest for cushioning) foam helps stabilize me when the boat rocks. I bet memory foam is even better at that...I will have to try it some day. Does it absorb water?
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There is a place here in town that sells foam and supplies for upholstery work. I'll bet there is something like it near you. (?) Anyway... I bought a slab of 5" thick regular yellow foam. They had different densities to choose from. I sat on the samples to help make up my mind. I think I went with a medium or firm density, I can't remember. I also bought, from the same place, some padding. It has a name but I can't remember what it was. It looked like a cotton ball but it was synthetic and it was in a big sheet. It was about 1"-2" thick. I used a huge carving knife (an electric carving knife works great) and cut the foam to size. I then cut the padding to the same size and layered it on top of the foam. I then grabbed an over size bed sheet and sewed a loop around the perimeter. I fished a drawstring through this loop / pocket, wrapped it over the foam and then drew it tight and tied it on the underside. The sheet does not need to be neat. I just use it to cover the foam and make it look nicer. All of my crappy sewing work gets hidden under the mattress. I throw this into the bunk and then make my bed as usual, tucking the sheets under the mattress. The sheets get changed as usual, but the drawstring thing almost never comes off. Sorry I'm so vague on the names and stuff. It was seven years ago. Any good upholstery shop or supply house will know what I'm talking about and will be able to help you.

I think itís the most comfortable bed ever and my girlfriend agrees. One thing to look out for though, foam is made from petroleum products and thus is very expensive right now.

Good luck and sweet dreams.
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