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06-11-2012 06:56 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Memory Foam Source

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Originally Posted by RonRelyea View Post
check out overstock dot com for their memory foam mattress toppers ... (I've got no affiliation with the company). I got one of their 4" foam toppers and really like it.
This may be the greatest upgrade to boating since the sail ! Thanks.

We bought a 4" memory foam topper from these guys for $180. We cut it to fit with a serrated knife and put a regular mattress pad over it to hold it to the current mattress.

For over 30 years, i've slept on everything from a cloth pipe berth to the cockpit. Our beds had what turns out to be 1.5 inch toppers on them before, which felt nice, but didn't really do much. Our mattresses themselves are in good shape, but like most, are very hard.

This thick topper was night and day. It's softer than the real temperpedic at home, but put over the existing mattress, we are brand new for what it would have cost just to have a good mattress measured.
05-22-2012 11:41 AM
RonRelyea
Memory Foam Source

check out overstock dot com for their memory foam mattress toppers ... (I've got no affiliation with the company). I got one of their 4" foam toppers and really like it.
05-21-2012 11:55 PM
nickel25788
Replacing V berth foam material

I ordered a king size matress and cut it to fit vbirth. 4inch high density on bottom with a 2 inch med density with a 1 inch memory foam on top. Under neath it I put square deck grates the ones used on the cockpit floor that snap together. This keeps moisture from the foam. This setup works great for me.
05-14-2012 12:18 PM
Sabreman
Replacing V berth foam material

I used 3M 77. Easy to find and has very high tack. Spray both surfaces, let dry a few minutes until the glue is tacky, then stick together. You might have to keep applying pressure for a few minutes to a few places that separate but it will eventually hold.
05-14-2012 10:58 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Replacing V berth foam material

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Originally Posted by Sabreman View Post
JoAnn Fabrics only has 24" wide sections. I simply glued widths together to get what I needed. Professionals routinely glue sections. Using the right spray glue will yield a perfectly strong joint. I've never had one fail.
No one has ever accused me of being professional.

What spray glue did you use?

I did find a couple of 4" thick topper online, however, mostly from places I've never heard of. One exception was Walmart, although, not available in the store and they can buy junk to get the price.

I was hoping to be able to buy from a reputable place or be able to check it out myself. There is a JoAnn fabric nearby.
05-14-2012 10:50 AM
Sabreman
Re: Replacing V berth foam material

JoAnn Fabrics only has 24" wide sections. I simply glued widths together to get what I needed. Professionals routinely glue sections. Using the right spray glue will yield a perfectly strong joint. I've never had one fail.
05-14-2012 10:06 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Replacing V berth foam material

We have a temper-pedic mattress at home and have trouble sleeping elsewhere now. It isn't for back trouble, but for me, its my shoulders. Arthritis, I believe. My wife's arm falls asleep when we sleep on hotel mattresses. Yes, they are expensive. I've been told there are those that love them and those that hate them, and no one in-between. I think that is true.

We have a 2 inch very soft topper on our berth on the boat. We would like to find something much thicker. The mattresses aren't bad, so I'm convinced a better topper and we're set.

Still having trouble sourcing a thick dense topper that will fit a queen size bed. The two inchers are everywhere.
05-14-2012 08:35 AM
JimMcGee
Re: Replacing V berth foam material

We had our cushions professionally done. The material on top is a soft furniture fabric supplied by the canvas maker. The bottoms are phifertex to help the cushions breathe. She recommended a "medium firm" foam.

One item that I haven't heard mentioned is the need to back cut the cushions so they fit snugly against the curve of the berth so there's no gap for you or for things to fall into. We also took her two sets of sheets my wife picked out and had her make fitted sheets.

v-berth
Aft Berth

I'd still like to try the Foli system under these cushions.
05-14-2012 08:25 AM
JimMcGee
Re: Memory Foam -- Be Careful

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Originally Posted by travlineasy View Post
I'll probably go with some 4-inch memory foam in the near future ...
Be careful about investing in enough memory foam to do you berth cushions. We purchased a memory foam bed for home thinking it would help with back pain as claimed. These things are shockingly expensive.

After six months we just gave it away. By then I was sleeping on the floor to get relief for my back and my wife was in constant pain.

I asked my doctor about this and he explained that you sink into memory foam and it tends to inhibit your turning over in your sleep and that leads to muscle cramps in your back and can also aggravate disk problems. His attitude was along the lines of "yep, another memory foam problem".

We went back to a firm mattress and went back to the normal, occasional middle aged back pains

I have talked to some people who like memory foam, but a lot more who had similar problems. The majority of the "likes" have been from people under 40.

We haven't tried a memory foam topper over standard cushions. But memory foam tends to hold heat, which wouldn't be a good thing on a humid night.

As always YMMV
05-14-2012 03:52 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Replacing V berth foam material

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Originally Posted by Sabreman View Post
JoAnn Fabrics has high density in 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5" thicknesses.
I only see it in 2 ft wide strips. Can you get it wide enough for a full size berth?
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