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Old 05-07-2015, 10:50   #1
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Best mattress?

Hi folks,
Just sailing home from the North Channel on Lake Huron and have a request.
We need a new mattress / foam for our bed. We currently sleep on the cushions of the settee but there are too many cracks and the cushions always move. We are thinking of a piece of high quality foam (5'x6) to put on top of the cushions.
Any advice or recommendations would be appreciated.

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Old 05-07-2015, 15:54   #2
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Re: Best mattress?

We bought our mattress from Foam Factory they do custom work if needed. We've had ours for several years and at a fraction of the cost of Tempurpedic.

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Old 05-07-2015, 16:04   #3
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Re: Best mattress?

Latex is superior to cheap foam in that it won't absorb water (yours or the ocean's), it does not allow any bugs or mites to live inside it which will crawl out at night and gnaw on your privates, and it has no odor. Finally, it is hypo-allergenic.

Naturally, it is more expensive than a "Home Depot" solution but considering you spend over a third of your life in bed it is worth the investment, in our view.

All our mattresses are custom-made latex and while they were not cheap we know they will last close to forever and won't give us any problems. I should point out we live aboard so for us it was more than a just-good-enough solution we were looking for.


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Old 05-07-2015, 16:17   #4
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Foam Factory has all the kinds of foam, including latex, and their prices and quality are excellent.

My suggestion would be to make the seat cushions as comfortable as possible, so that you need only a thin (1") mattress topper, or none at all. If the foam in your seat cushions is in a bad state, replace it with some of the high density stuff.

If they slide around, find a way to secure them.

The reason I suggest this is that you're going to find a 5" mattress topper hard to store, it'll be very bulky.

I replaced the foam in my salon cushions with 4" of HD50, 1" of HD36 glued on top, and 1" of batting. They're now very comfortable to sit or sleep on.

The V-berth has the same but with 1 inch of softer foam in place of the batting.
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Old 05-07-2015, 18:40   #5
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Try OK not cheap, but if you are going to spend anytime on that mattress, it is worth it. They were quick and exactly what was needed. I just made a template of the bed, sent it off and within a week of them getting it arrived at my doorstep. I also ordered the custom fitted sheets to match the bed as well. Best investment I ever made! Sleeping like a baby now! Since I am essentially a live aboard, the mattress is of high importance to me.

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My steering controls and rudder post are below my aft bunk. One of my first projects, after buying the boat, was to cut the mattress into manageable segments.

I lift out a 2 x 3' piece to get to the hatch rather than fight the whole mattress.

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Re: Best mattress?

We got a 10" foam mattress from Rocky Mountain Mattress company out of Salt Lake City. It was reasonably priced at $1000 and that included the custom cut for our boat and shipping. Arrived in 2 weeks from order date. I am really impressed with the product and they only do custom work for RV's and boats. I'm planning to write a review of their product on our travel blog in a few days if you are interested.

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Old 06-07-2015, 03:59   #8
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Several years ago we had a latex foam mattress made for our vee berth at Jonathon Stevens in Grand Rapids, MI. That's a nation wide chain I think so they should be everywhere. I don't recall the cost but it wasn't too expensive.
I just have them a paper pattern to follow for the shape and it fit perfectly. That mattress was so comfortable that we had to get one for the house too.
When we later sold that boat the mattress was one of the things the buyer really liked. If it had been even close to fitting the new boat I would have kept it.
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Before you spend a lot if money, see if one of these high quality foam toppers work. I got the 2.5" Lux foam. Rolls up. Breathes well in hot weather.. Doesn't need a cover. Cheap enougn to throw away..Astonishing improvement in cushion comfort.

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