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Cockpit Cushions Done!

Posted by Bryan on Monday, February 11, 2013, In : Cushions 
I am now done with all the cushions. (except for the hard dingy).

Cockpit cushions are made from scratch, all new.  The foam is NOT a closed cell foam.  I did that once for my boat and regretted it.  Yes, the are nice to not absorb water and you cal throw them in the water for fun, but they were not nice to sit on.  They got hot!    So these are made with an outdoor cushion foam that drains fast and is anti-mildew.  2" thick.

Covered with Olefin, a synthetic material, that is made for outdoor f...
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Mattress pads

Posted by Bryan on Monday, February 4, 2013, In : Cushions 
All the cushions are done!!  They look good, smell a lot better too.  Now I am making custom sheets and mattress pads.
The plan is to have mattress pads that could go on top of other foam cushion tops (like egg carton, etc....) if we need them.  Not sure yet.  One set of double sheets perfectly did the V birth with a few seems and one twin did each aft cabin side.

Here are some samples (cat really likes them). (and I took a nap in front of the fire)

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New Cabin Cushions

Posted by Bryan on Monday, January 21, 2013, In : Cushions 
Thanks Mom!
In between soccer, football, hockey, and all those other things, you taught me some sewing.  It is paying off big time.
These are the new main cabin cushions.  The material is a soft felt like material that is very durable.  It passed the 9,000 double rub test (what ever that means).  It is an upholstery polyester material that is machine washable.  
The back is also a polyester material that will not mind getting wet.  There is a VELCRO slot on the back. I have never had a boat tha...
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New Cushion Covers

Posted by Bryan on Monday, January 14, 2013, In : Cushions 
I have been making new cushion covers for all of the cushions in the boat. In the V birth and the Aft Cabin, the thinking was that the cushions will be covered with bedding 100% of the time. So, cost of material out ranked looks when purchasing fabric for the cushions.  What you see is from the discount bin at $6 /yard.  An upholstery fabric.  The back of the cushions is a water resistant nylon that is thin for breath ability. The sides are a different colour.....because we bought all the mat...
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Cushions Saved

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, In : Cushions 
Tara took on the old cushions and brought them back to life and saved them.

She used carpet/Upholstery cleaner on the foam, let them soak for a while, rinsed, then vacuumed out the water.

About 3 times each.  One time used a mix of bleach and water.

Incredible amounts of sand and silt came out.  An interesting note, the dirt only gets about 1/2 inch into the foam.  We had a piece that was glued together and it came undone, so you could see a fresh side view.  The dirt is really only on the surfa...

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Bryan Haas

Please feel free to contact me! I grew up on the waters of the Chesapeake sailing and fishing. I was paid to work, sail, race, and sometimes live on a 51' Hinkley (they didn't really need to pay me but they offered!). I am a high school science teacher who likes to learn by doing. Used to teach at "The Sound School" in New Haven Ct. Check it out, the most amazing on- the- water school there is. I have rebuilt smaller boats from scratch, but nothing on this scale. This is an adventure. All help is greatly appreciated.

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