Originally Posted by Balega
I would be interested to hear what others have used for their cockpit cushions and what fabric and foam combinations works for them.
1.5 inch thick closed cell foam and Sunbrella Plus works for me.
I agree closed cell foam is hard, but you adapt, and I think its other benefits for outdoor use outweigh this drawback.
It does not absorb water at all, so it will never give you a wet bum.
It is pricey, but cost per year is extremely low (our foam is 15 years old, and still like new with not a spec of mould).
Sunbrella Plus is waterproof, so if the cushions get wet shake off the beads of water and in sunny conditions they are dry within about 10 minutes.
It will easily provide a decade of service
It is stain resistant, UV resistant, does not fade much (except for red).
It is easy to sew.
It is easy to clean - I wipe ours with a damp cloth daily and it washes easily without any shrinkage.
It is more comfortable than Phifertex.
It looks good