Cushions

It looks like I’m going to need new upolstery for my cushions
before the next trip. Its odd though; either the boat has gotten
bigger or the cushions have shrunk about 1-2 inches over the
last couple years.

For this project, I’m going to get some firmer foam, cut it
slightly bigger, and buy some good furniture-type upolstery rather
than the previous inexpensive stuff that frayed and pulled apart.
I might also try velcro instead of a zipper.

I was wondering, can anyone recommend a brand or type of foam
that will hold its shape well, and not shrink over time? Also,
does any know how much fabric is required to cover all the
cushions. I was thinking of doing the fabric both top and
bottom, rather than fabric on top and vinyl on bottom. I think
I’d rather find some type of spacer to put between the bottom
the cushion and the platform to provide a gap for moisture,
if necessary.

Any comments would be most welcome.

Thanks
Mark Gearhart
S/V Godspeed

Mark,

A couple years ago someone with a CS30 that they restored made this recommendation
for fabric and I saved it for my own future reference:

"I’d like to pass along an incredible company with my heartiest
recommendations as a terrific outfit to do business with, and to
save yourself a fortune.

Samuel Harris, Ltd
182 Front St. E.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5A 1E6
phone 416.362.1964.

This outfit does NOT reupholster cushions. They are a reseller of
upholstery fabric at impossibly inexpensive prices. They purchase
surplus and discontinued fabric from automobile manufacturers and marine
manufacturers. Our cushions are now covered in a tan velour originally
from General Motors. The fabric, INCLUDING shipping, cost us less than
$7.00 a yard.
You phone the firm, tell them the color range(s) and fabric types you’re
interested in, and they send you dozens of samples to choose from.
Outstanding."

Tod Mills

Mark,

I suggest you call Sumio or Bob Baltierra for the amount of fabric needed.
Bob can look up his records for your boat and give you detailed sizes for
each cushion. As for something under the cushions…someone once told me
that the open rubber used on some place mats works well to keep the cushions
from moving and permits it to breath a little. Places like Home Depot have
the material in rolls. I have some aboard and use it when I sleep in the
cockpit to prevent the cushions from shifting at night or when…who am I
fooling…I can’t remember when…

As for your cushions shrinking, that is a new one. Never heard or it before
but it could be the material shrunk in humid climates…Again, get Bob’s
phone number and ask the guy who should know. I have a lot of respect for
his knowledge and abilities. However, he may not be aware of effects of
some materials over time. I am certain he would have the answer for the
foam.

I am sure Sumio-san will read your email and have some comment or will pass
on the phone number…Right Sumio!

If Sumio misses this message and you want me to get Bob’s number and call
him I will gladly. I have nothing but time!

Roger

----- Original Message -----
From: Mark Gearhart <mrgearha@yahoo.com >
To: <bcc@yahoogroups.com >
Sent: Sunday, November 25, 2001 6:39 AM
Subject: [bcc] Cushions

It looks like I’m going to need new upolstery for my cushions
before the next trip. Its odd though; either the boat has gotten
bigger or the cushions have shrunk about 1-2 inches over the
last couple years.

For this project, I’m going to get some firmer foam, cut it
slightly bigger, and buy some good furniture-type upolstery rather
than the previous inexpensive stuff that frayed and pulled apart.
I might also try velcro instead of a zipper.

I was wondering, can anyone recommend a brand or type of foam
that will hold its shape well, and not shrink over time? Also,
does any know how much fabric is required to cover all the
cushions. I was thinking of doing the fabric both top and
bottom, rather than fabric on top and vinyl on bottom. I think
I’d rather find some type of spacer to put between the bottom
the cushion and the platform to provide a gap for moisture,
if necessary.

Any comments would be most welcome.

Thanks
Mark Gearhart
S/V Godspeed

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