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Old 12-10-2011, 11:01   #1
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Bedding - Quilt, Duvet or Comforter ?

Hello all. I know this is not really 'food and drink', but thought it best fit into the provisioning section. My wife and I are looking at new bedding for our boat and are torn between a quilt or duvet cover. We plan on spending most of our time in the tropics. Any thoughts on what works best? THANKS!

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Old 12-10-2011, 11:21   #2
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Re: Bedding? Quilt, Duvet or Comforter?

Hello Mark. I made a quilt (sans batting) and find it adequate most of the time. I'm in the southeast. Do think about a couple things regardless of your final choice:

#1) will it fit into a small washing machine
#2) will it dry quickly

Additionally, do you have a place for it during the months you don't have it on the bunk? In that regard, a pillow sham that will fit the folded cover might be an option -- IF it's squishy enough. THere's not much worse than a hard-as-a-rock pillow.

Good luck and best wishes for your life afloat.
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Old 12-10-2011, 11:28   #3
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Re: Bedding? Quilt, Duvet or Comforter?

i use a down throw for my bed and i have a spare. i also use regular sheets, jers=ey material, cotton preferred, for my bed as it is almost queen sized, and a lil larger than full sized, and pullman berth set up. i use a memory foam under my sheets and mattress pad/ protector. works well for me and my lifestyle. i am always on board.
down here in hotville, i usually just use a sheet to cover me.
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Old 12-10-2011, 12:27   #4
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Re: Bedding? Quilt, Duvet or Comforter?

We used a duvet with faux-down insert, which was needed when sailing from the States in the Fall. Found this choice to be versatile, since we then used the duvet cover only for warmer climates with occasional cold fronts, as in the Bahamas. Still had to store the insert - one of those big airtight vacuum bags works to compress it. When in the tropics, sheets are all that are needed, if that.
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Re: Bedding - Quilt, Duvet or Comforter ?

Quilts hands down, they clean easy, last for ever, and can be doubled up if really cold. They also can be used in lounge on deck and in cockpit as well, super versatile for lots of applications.
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Old 12-10-2011, 20:46   #6
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Re: Bedding - Quilt, Duvet or Comforter ?

In San Diego, greatest climate on the planet, the bunk cover depends on the season. Down quilt, with a cotton mesh blanket and flannel sheets for the worst of the winter, switching to a polyester batting quilt as April comes, then settling in with the cotton sheets and light blanket in early summer, then the light cotton sheets alone in early autumn and the beginning of the Santanas, then the gradual replay of graduated warmth as the sun moves south, the Alaskan lows begin to flow south, and we search for the heater. Even in the tropics it can get cool, so carry a variety of comfys.
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Re: Bedding - Quilt, Duvet or Comforter ?

My custom bed covers looked great but what a waste in the tropical climate. They are now folded and put away. We are comfortable with just the sheets.
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Re: Bedding - Quilt, Duvet or Comforter ?

roy m--in san diego i needed to wear thermals and downies and sox! in the 38 degree temps on the bay with its 50's degree water.. tropix, ha. sail south for tropix. san diego aint it.
i am finding i wont be needing my down quilt this winter!!! might need a light blanket and not even uggs for my feets!! wore uggs summer and winter in san diego--this year was first summer in 3 yrs i was in 90 degree weather---sd didnt break 71F summer of 2010
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Re: Bedding - Quilt, Duvet or Comforter ?

Zeehag, At least you didn't throw in the parts about mangoes, fresh shrimp and warm, clear water. That would have been cruel. Cold rain swept through here last night in San Diego. For the moment I am snuggled beneath a down comforter, a cup of hot, strong coffee at my elbow, and the laptop warming my... laptop. Thoughts of warmth will help tide me through this day of trying to get some money to take the boat south (and west). Enjoy your cruise and may the tropical breezes loft you to ever more lovely anchorages.
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Re: Bedding - Quilt, Duvet or Comforter ?

In marine and RV suppliers find a bed "system" called something like TravaSak. It has removable sheets and a "summer" side and "winter" side, all quilted. You simply put one side on top, the other side under you. In the tropics, even the summer side can be a bit warm. Looks good on the bunk during the day. Just sort of straighten it out. Matching shams come with it.
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Re: Bedding - Quilt, Duvet or Comforter ?

We've been living aboard in the NE year-round for several years, where it's usually humid whether it's in the 20s or the 90s. Smooth, itch-free/high threadcount or good cotton/poly sheets are key when it's hot. I keep a down blanket from LL Bean in a cotton or flannel duvet, depending on the season. It can be washed in a conventional washing machine and thrown in the drier with 3 or 4 clean tennis balls to fluff it up (just don't leave it unattended or the people in the marina will think the cook's gone crazy washing her pots & pans ). The down blanket is more versatile and much lighter than a down comforter. I like duvet covers, because you don't have to wash the blanket as often, maybe 2-3 times a year. And when it's really cold or there's an unexpected damp Spring chill I turn on the electric blanket, which is kept on the mattress from October to April (with a Polartec fleece blanket over the fitted flannel sheet all winter). The down blanket is used even in the Summer, when it drops into the 70s and the hatches are open. So, in this thread, we're dreaming about going South (to Antarctica), right?
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Re: Bedding - Quilt, Duvet or Comforter ?

Hi, pretty old post but I want to express my expertise, I am new from Melbourne and I just get classes for sewing and for my boat I stitched the quilt cover myself and it is the best fitting. You can buy easily for your bedroom but its to find out for the boat and I think its not really hard to sew, just a week or more classes!
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Re: Bedding - Quilt, Duvet or Comforter ?

Hello, I did not see a response to question about bedding.
Your post is from 2009 so I was wondering what you figured out about this?
We are going to be new live aboard sailors on a Boat with air.
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