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Old 02-11-2011, 14:56   #46
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Re: Cabin Comfort - Quilt / Duvet / Blanket ?

funny--my down quilts didnt "draw moisture" they were perfect in summer and in winter, damp and dry, under way and at anchor. i also use feather pillows.
i also have polyester fill pillows which are so much preferable to latex foam, which continuously bounces with very fine oscillations to each movement all night-- not a preferable pillow and latex DOES collect and grow black mold as well as have allergens.
fiberfill pillows are washable. latex are not. latex gives head and neck aches, fiberfill does not nor does feather.

i live board and have since 1990 -- i am a permanent cruiser.
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Re: Cabin Comfort - Quilt / Duvet / Blanket ?

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Down is lighter than wool, even cashmere. But wool retains 80% of its insulating value when wet. I do not think that down or any synthetic can match that.
Wool has the added advantage of acting as a fire blanket should the need arise. Every hand was issued one for that very reason when I served aboard.

It was white wool and heavy.
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funny--my down quilts didnt "draw moisture" they were perfect in summer and in winter, damp and dry, under way and at anchor. i also use feather pillows.
i also have polyester fill pillows which are so much preferable to latex foam, which continuously bounces with very fine oscillations to each movement all night-- not a preferable pillow and latex DOES collect and grow black mold as well as have allergens.
fiberfill pillows are washable. latex are not. latex gives head and neck aches, fiberfill does not nor does feather.

i live board and have since 1990 -- i am a permanent cruiser.
Agreed down quilts etc. are good, but they are an issue if they get wet. Hollowfil or Qualofil quilts are almost as good as feathers for insulation, and the bonus is they keep most of it when wet, albeit, they do not absorb moisture.

Moisture is your enemy when sleeping outside in -40. Both these products work exceedingly well for those extremes.
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Re: Cabin Comfort - Quilt / Duvet / Blanket ?

i dont DO -40.btdt. i live in warmville. i sail warm water. is alll good. pair a dice is all it is cracked up to being.
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Re: Cabin Comfort - Quilt / Duvet / Blanket ?

Mainly a sleeping bag - same one since early 1970's! (and I got that as a hand me down from former Step-Sister).

Topped up with a couple of synthetic throw overs, one is a very light quilt the other some "clever" synthetic - both surprisingly warm for weight........both bought on the basis that neither would be handed down generations as heirlooms (but that sleeping bag might be ).

Pillows I am fairly fussy on I have a couple of (fairly expensive ) camping / travel pillows that pack away small but are still "proper" pillows.......topped of with a real (synthetic) pillow - but that is about due for replacement, after a couple of years use (I might not be a Cruiser or liveaboard - but I manage nonetheless to get a lot of bunk time when onboard ).
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Re: Cabin Comfort - Quilt / Duvet / Blanket ?

Sailing NW Scotland year round we find that a synthetic Hollowfibre quilt works really well. It does not seem to smell damp or get mildew and is not difficult to wash / dry in a tumble dryer if really needed.
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Mainly a sleeping bag - same one since early 1970's! (and I got that as a hand me down from former Step-Sister).

Topped up with a couple of synthetic throw overs, one is a very light quilt the other some "clever" synthetic - both surprisingly warm for weight........both bought on the basis that neither would be handed down generations as heirlooms (but that sleeping bag might be ).

Pillows I am fairly fussy on I have a couple of (fairly expensive ) camping / travel pillows that pack away small but are still "proper" pillows.......topped of with a real (synthetic) pillow - but that is about due for replacement, after a couple of years use (I might not be a Cruiser or liveaboard - but I manage nonetheless to get a lot of bunk time when onboard ).
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