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I cut up a 6" Futon mattress to fit the couches and sleep on them, works great. You should rotate and fluff them every few days since they will pack down. An 8" mattress is better than a 6" thick.
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The real problem with most traditional futon mattresses is that if they get wet... you're basically screwed... they absorb water like a sponge and then mildew and rot set in.
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Another opinion form another back pain sufferer....

I used to be able to sleep in our V berth without any problems - not any more. I believe that a lot of the discomfort comes from the way V berth cushions are designed... the 3 cushion layout with two triangular cushions going most of the way and then that little cutout cushion meant to allow access to the foot well under the V berth. (It is a footwell isn't it? Or exactly what is it? On our boat it's a great place to store the laundry bag and extra shoes... )

Lynn Pardey mentions changing their cushion layout in one of her books. She had it changed to just 2 cushions: one that goes full width of the V berth to half way up and one that goes the rest of the way. That way the seams of the cushions would fall about hip height instead of running half way down the length of the bed and then that little cutout which always seems to have the seam somewhere around my mid back.

Well, next time we get new cushions I'm going to try a simular design. It would still allow acess to under the V berth, but cut down on all those seams and zipper edges digging into my back...

Also since boat cushions fit exactly into the space (and boat spaces are NEVER square), you can't flip the cushions, so they tend to flatten where the body weight is heaviest . And that makes them uncomfortable after a couple of years too.
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Walmart (shudder) carries a 6" mattress pad that is a combo of 3 1/2" of regular foam with a 1 1/2" memory foam top. King size runs around $130.00. They also carry 8" and 12" solid memory foam pads in their online store (they will ship free to your local Walmart). Despite despising Walmart, I think I'm gonna pick up one of these 6" pads since I am fed up with slipping part way down between the cushion seams. I've already tried 1" thick egg crate foam, and have added a 1" memory foam on top of that, but over time they both start sinking into the gaps and they tend to bunch up and get lumpy...and I'm tired of having to smooth out my mattress every night before bed. Problem is that down at the foot well of my '80 Hunter 33' that 6" pad will take up most the the remaining vertical space available...I'll have to store the V-berth cushions and use just the mattress pad.

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TIP: I heat up an 8" cast iron skillet on my stove, and rub it around under the blankets before jumping into bed...a cheap alternative to an electric blanket for warming up the bed during these cold winter nights.

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We have 6 inches of high density, anti-mould, foam laminated to 2 inches of memory foam for that cozy feel. It is custom shaped to fit our pullman style berth (tapered edges etc) and covered with a custom mattress cover in a colour we chose. Cost-$500. We were advised against solid memory because it has too much give and we would feel the structure underneath. My biggest complaint is I can't get myself out of bed now. We have nicknamed it the paralyzer.


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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, (an electric carving knife works great) and cut the foam to size. upholstery shop or supply house will know what I'm talking about and will be able to help you.

I think it’s 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.
We have a place here called Galaxy Foam (click link) we used 4" med/firm. more comfy than any bed i've ever slept on. they will send you samples of different firmness. I highly recommend this stuff!
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We bought the stoli system at the Miami Boat Show two years ago, best investment ever, we use the Stoli System under a 3" memory foam and it sleeps better than our home mattress. It 's not very expensive and you can adjust the firmness, as an added benefit it aerates under the mattress so it helps with mold/mildew as well.
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Have you looked at the Froli System?

I have never used them (yet), but the reviews and testimonials seem compelling.
The idea is simple and innovative.
Direct your browser to NickleAtlantic.com.
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If there isn't enough give in the foam what will happen is the l spine won't be aligned properly, particularly when lying on the side. Look at the ads for matresses to see this illustrated. From what I've read the foam of your v-berth cusions are old and hard, topped by egg-crate foam which may be too soft, and then memory foam which can't work properly because of the first two.

I'd start with at least 6" of medium density foam topped with at least 2" of memory foam. They memory foam should have as little on top of it as possible or it won't work. I found this out when my wife put a thick matress pad on top of our Tempur-Pedic. It made it as hard as a rock and miserable to try to sleep on.
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I agree

Memory foam and egg crate all the way.
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