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Old 25-01-2012, 15:00   #1
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I Need Boat Cushions Badly

Hi everyone!


I live in the VA DC MD area and have bought a C&C 27 with cushions that look like hell and back.


I would like to have them re-done or buy some good used ones. Does anyone have any idea where to go or does anyone have any to sell? I need both inside and outside
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Old 25-01-2012, 15:47   #2
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Hi everyone! I bought a C&C 27 with Coushions that looks like hell and back. I live in the VA DC MD area I would like to have them re-done or buy some good usedn ones. Does anyone have any Ideas where to go or does anyone have any to sell? I need both inside and outside
go to the lumber yard and get 1/4 plywood cut to shape .Then get some foam or polyfill and cut to shape ,,then pick out the fabric you like and staple to fit...looks nice ,cheap,and works great..
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There has been someone posting an ad on Craigslist (Hampton Roads CL) looking to do canvas and cushion work. Might be worth checking out.
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THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tropicalwscape, hey that sounds like a great idea I might try that as well..
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Old 25-01-2012, 16:14   #5
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For absolutely outstanding work at a reasonable price, call:

Marena P. Hayes Marena's Upholstery
742 Pennsylvania Av.
Vandemere, NC, 28587
252-617-7708 / 252-745-1242
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Re: I need boat coushions badly

Cushions have a limited life, and upholstery gets worn and out of fashion. Buying new just makes sense. If the upholstery is in good shape then you can buy new foam, cut to fit (with an electric knife - check garage sales), and put inside old upholstery. Otherwise, either make new covers yourself or simply have the whole job done by a professional. If money is tight and you don't need things to be perfect then sewing covers yourself is a real savings.

Whichever way you go you should educate yourself about foam: foam for sitting and foam for sleeping are different from one another - do not switch them as you will not be comfortable. The best cushions are usually made from 2 or 3 layers of different foams (softer on top, firmer on the bottom). Most foam is synthetic, but for a dedicated sleeping cushion pure latex is a luxury to consider. Cushions should be either 5" (general use) or possibly 6" (for sleeping).

Save yourself some money on the cushions for sleeping by using inexpensive fabric for the covering - it isn't worth buying expensive upholstery fabric for that application. OTOH think hard about the saloon upholstery. It needs to be attractive, comfortable, and durable. It also shouldn't suck the light out of the cabin - pick a lighter fabric. A popular choice is UltraSuede™, which is handsome, very comfortable, and resists stains well. I bought Alcantara™, which is a similar fabric of high quality, used in expensive auto seating. Generic versions of synthetic suede are available in a wide range of quality/cost.

For the cockpit, I have been using Bottomsiders™ for many years and find them to be very practical, if a bit expensive. I much prefer them to sewn covers over raw foam.

Good luck with the project
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There has been someone posting an ad on Craigslist (Hampton Roads CL) looking to do canvas and cushion work. Might be worth checking out.
Here's the ad. I have no affiliation with them, and have no idea what quality of work they do. Just something to consider...

Boat Canvas Repair and Fabrication
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There has been someone posting an ad on Craigslist (Hampton Roads CL) looking to do canvas and cushion work. Might be worth checking out.
Here's the ad. I have no affiliation with them, and have no idea what quality of work they do. Just thought its an option you might want to check out...

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THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tropicalwscape, hey that sounds like a great idea I might try that as well..
And you can always use the 1/4 inch ply for an emergancy rudder !!
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Thank you everyone!!!! Great ideas from everyone..
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For the cockpit, the absolute best bargain is the vinyl covered cushions made to snap on the top of Igloo marine coolers. Measure your cockpit seats then check to see how close the match is.
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