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Replacing interior cushion covers

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  1. knotatwork2


    Joined Dec 2, 2014
    26 posts, 0 likes
    hunter 23
    US atwood
    I have a 1987 Hunter 23 and would like to know if anybody knows if there any prefab kits to replace the cushion covers sold anywhere or do I have to seek out a seamstress to accomplish this latest mission? Thanks

  2. FastOlson


    Joined Apr 8, 2010
    945 posts, 89 likes
    Ericson Yachts Olson 34
    US Portland OR
    New covers improve the appearance, i.e. from a distance.
    On cushions that old you really need new foam. No matter how attractive they become with new cover cloth, when you sit down and hit the hard surface or lay down and your hip bone is on solid substrate, you want new foam.
    Opt for density at about 2.6. Factory stuff used to always be a bout 1.8, and goes "flat as a pancake" (when sat on) in less than a decade.

  3. markwbird


    Joined Nov 26, 2012
    818 posts, 152 likes
    Hunter 34
    US Berkeley
    I do not think that there are any "kits". Sailrite has a bunch of How To videos on their website so it's just a matter of cutting and sewing. I did it myself on my '84 Hunter 34 and I had never sewed anything before. The first one sucked. After that I got the hang of it. Also, I used the old cushions. I just bathed them in water with some bleach to make them smell good and I replaced the batting.

  4. rgranger


    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    4,866 posts, 855 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Smith Mountain Lake
    I live in a very rural area and we still have "old-school" seamstress type people around. They tend to work by the hour but are so good at what they do, they don't take very long. I have had some things made and they are very inexpensive.

  5. Jackdaw


    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    8,771 posts, 2,101 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    You're lucky. I would figure that having a complete set made by a marine upholstery professional would cost more than a 1987 Hunter 23 is worth.

  6. Scott T-Bird

    Scott T-Bird

    Joined Oct 26, 2008
    3,342 posts, 456 likes
    Starwind 27
    US Barnegat, NJ
    I'm using a local seamstress but having trouble finding a reasonably priced fabric. The seamstress has some that are admittedly expensive (close to $50 per yard). What sources have people used for fabric? I'm attempting to re-upholster my v-berth cushions and having trouble finding a fabric I like for around $12 to $20 per yard.

  7. Cowpokee


    Joined Jan 8, 2015
    203 posts, 69 likes
    MacGregor 26S, Goman Express 30
    US Kerr Reservoir

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    Joined Oct 27, 2016
    0 posts, 10 likes
    US Seattle
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  9. CloudDiver


    Joined Sep 8, 2014
    2,525 posts, 405 likes
    Catalina 22 Swing Keel
    US San Diego
    Exactly right on (the money). I had some vinyl seats made for a custom bike (pedi-cab) and it cost me $800 at an auto/marine upholstery shop. After getting to know small businesses and craftspeople in my area better, I could have had it done for about $200 elsewhere.
    Craigslist or word or mouth is the best way to find a work-from-home old school seamstress that works for cash on case-by-case basis. That's how I found my Tailor who fixes my suits and shirts, he is set up in his garage and charges me less than half of what any brick-n-mortar Tailor would.
    Somewhere on this forum @Sumner posted links to the on-line stores where he got the foam for his Mac 26. Search his posts and I'm sure the links can be found.

  10. SailormanDan


    Joined Jan 24, 2009
    404 posts, 76 likes
    1981 Cherubini Hunter 27
    US Belle Haven Marina, VA
    :plus: for Sailrite - tons of choices to look at.

  11. Jim 5757

    Jim 5757

    Joined Jun 19, 2004
    334 posts, 25 likes
    Morgan M28 O/I
    US Ocean Gate, NJ
    If you're up in the Lakewood area, might want to try the Stitch n' Sew store on 123 East County Line Rd. They have TONS of different fabrics to choose from as well as everything else sewing related. We've found their prices to be quite reasonable.