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Highwater posted 10-31-2001 04:16 PM ET (US)   Profile for Highwater  
My kids love to ride on the bow of our 13' but they sometimes get bruised when the water is not calm. I thought that a bow cushion my help a little. Leslie at William Mills referred me to Tina at (321-267-7028), who quoted me a price of $230.

Does anyone else use a bow cushion on their 13, and if so, were you able to get it for less than that?

Chris J posted 11-01-2001 11:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chris J  Send Email to Chris J     
If you don't care about beauty, a piece of closed-cell foam (Airex) cut to fit makes a good cushion without covering. Airex is pricy but an Airex cushion can double as a (unapproved) floatation device. It is available in thickesses up to 2" or so but is stiff enough that a 1" thick piece would probably do.

You might consider cutting a piece of plywood the size of your bow hatch, and just gluing Airex to it on one side. You could pretty it up with a hunk of Sunbrella tacked to back of the plywood. No real upholstering expertise required.

Custom made cushions are expensive. If you really want to get into that sort of thing it pays to learn to sew.

whalertim posted 11-01-2001 01:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalertim  Send Email to whalertim     
Highwater, email me. I may can help.
Tim NC
csj posted 11-04-2001 08:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for csj  Send Email to csj     
Well Dave's ulp. is the only place that makes the original equipment. I purchased the bow cushion and stern seat thru tina. I did price around several outfits, but no one was cheaper. If you want it done right go to Dave's. "excellent quality" oh by the way what area are you in ? Good luck

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