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Old 25-06-2015, 15:34   #1
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Cockpit cushions

One of the things that I like about the Elan 444 that I'm in the process of buying is that the cockpit seats are wide and long enough to sleep on. From experience I know how wonderful it is to sleep topside in the heat of the Caribbean.

I want to make cushions for them but I don't want something like the dense "topsiders" that are not comfortable sleeping on. Can you give me a recommendation on what inside material would give soft cushioning and still not absorb water? I'm sure it is made but I don't know the name to look for or what terminology to use.

Thank you in advance of any help you can give.
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Re: Cockpit cushions

You can use Sunbrella Furniture Fabric, which has a softer hand, and stuff 'em with styrofoam beads (like beanbag material) and have Phifertex mesh bottoms

Sailmaker's Supply has all of this stuff, if you're inclined to fabricate for yourself
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Re: Cockpit cushions

If the cockpit seats are wide be sure to get back cushions to make them comfortable when not sleeping!
I would ask a cushion maker, there is a foam that is water resistant... forget what it's called.
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