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Uncomfortable sleeping

Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 2:42 pm
by wotan4
On my Westerly Renown which sleeps 6 ok, the cushions are vinyl clad and easy to clean etc.
They are however, uncomfortable to sleep on and I ache in every bone I have after sleeping on board.
I cannot really afford to replace all the cushions with new ones.
Has any members encountered the same issues? Is there a topping I can get to help and if so, how deep and what is the specification for the foam etc?


Posted: Sat May 09, 2015 1:24 am
by Vegable
Hi again Mike...engine query,
I too sufferred badly and ended up sleeping in the aft cabin which I found was very comfortable. You could try a lightly blown up air-bed, if you're as old as me they used to be called a LiLo haven't a clue what they're called now, and lastly try using an extra pillow at neck level. As a last resort a visit to a chiropracter/ osteopath might help.


Posted: Sat May 09, 2015 8:13 am
by philipstevens
wotan4 wrote: Is there a topping I can get to help and if so, how deep and what is the specification for the foam etc?
Have a look at the Ikea mattress toppings. They are either foam or memory foam, single or double.

Re: Uncomfortable sleeping

Posted: Mon May 18, 2015 9:12 pm
by TyroSailor
I've tried sleeping with a duvet under me as well as over me if I've been on an uncomfartable bed - with some success. Worth a try before you spend any money?

Re: Uncomfortable sleeping

Posted: Mon May 18, 2015 10:39 pm
by wotan4
Thanks for your ideas guys.
I like the idea of duvet under and over and I shall try this first. If it works ok for me I can get a couple of new ones for the boat from Tesco. The underneath one can have higher tog rating and thus be thicker. This, hopefully will do the job.
The stern cabin is empty so I can try sleeping in there. It should be nice and snug.
I will give all this a try as there is nothing worse than a hard days sailing when you come back knackered and then cannot sleep comfortably.

Re: Uncomfortable sleeping

Posted: Mon May 18, 2015 11:33 pm
by Jolly Roger

If your vinyl covers are in good condition, why not just replace the foam in the berth(s) you use. Check this firm out for supplies.

As an aside I am having new cushions made for my Fulmar and they will cost me just under £800, compared to the well known suppliers quoting from £2500 upward. I located a local firm close to my marina who are supplying the foam and labour for £600 and I had to buy the material. The cheapest the main suppliers quoted was £20 per metre (1.4 wide), but I found a remnant identical to one at £20 on ebay at £5.50 per metre (I bought 25 metres, which I know is too much but I will sell the balance). The only extra is I have bought the button blanks and will make and fit them myself, this saves a lot of money. You will just have to ask around to find someone local to you and you should find the cost is not as bad as expected.

Re: Uncomfortable sleeping

Posted: Tue May 19, 2015 8:12 am
by aquaplane
I have found a fleecy blanket on top of the cushion is nice against my baby soft skin*.

We have two 1.8 x 0.8m from Lidl which were advertised by a woman wrapped up watching TV, they came in a little stuff sac and weren't expensive.

Ikea do something similar, a Polarvide throw for £3.

* I don't have baby soft skin.

Re: Uncomfortable sleeping

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 1:44 am
by thegasmannick
my centaur was uncomfortable and with a bad back I needed a solution and have found one that is sorted my problems out with sleep and space
I widened the galley bed slightly and bought a futon mattress which my wife recovered cheaply it is now our main cushion folded in half and then we pullout bed and unfold futon mattress and sleep my best sleep I hardly sleep at home so to get a good nites kip on me boat is heaven

total cost of conversion was 135 pounds and that covered all galley cushions as well and wood required for seat extension bonus it modernised my interior too

Re: Uncomfortable sleeping

Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2015 9:12 pm
by The Dorans
Hi peeps,

I live aboard my Pentland and have found that 2" foam under the cushions ns helps to reduce pressure where my hips and shoulders nearly touch the interior mouldings. Not glamorous but certainly cheap and easy to use. When you're sailing you can always stow them in a locker.


Re: Uncomfortable sleeping

Posted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 10:49 am
by steve parry

We have a Pentland (WALKABOUT - 1979 - PD222 Based in Island Harbour on the River Medina) which we have had for 13 years and have made many modifications and upgrades over the years. People who have seen/been onboard her loved her, in some cases wanted to buy her!! Have you tried putting slats under the cushions, we have and it makes a big difference. We bought ours from IKEA (cheap and cheerful!) and modified to fit the forward cabin, it also helps with condensation under the cushions.

I am one of the Boatline members for the Pentland class, number in the WOA handbook - Happy to mull over any idea's, mods etc.


Steve Parry