Bottomsider cushions

  • January 19, 2013 7:01 AM
    Message # 1183592
    I keep seeing ads for Bottomsider cushions in the various sailing mags I take, and out of curiosity visited the website. They actually sell custom cushions for the W32. I assume from this that at least one W32 owner has bought a set. They are pretty expensive, >$1K. If anyone has some of these cushions, do you like them?
    Last modified: January 19, 2013 3:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • January 21, 2013 6:59 AM
    Reply # 1184780 on 1183592
    I think the C-Cushions are the same design and here is my eval of them:  There are some pics there too and our experience. 
  • January 21, 2013 12:33 PM
    Reply # 1185117 on 1183592

    Bottomsiders was started on Bainbridge Island, WA by a former business partner of mine Tom Cooper.  Tom sold the business a number of years ago.  There are a couple of other companys building similar cushions.  Tom made me a set about 18 years ago that I have moved from boat to boat over the years.  They are finally starting to show some age (cracking of the vinyl covering) Tom tells me they can be recovered/coated.  These type of cushions are closed cell foam with a sprayed over vinyl cover and they can be made in any custom size or shape.  Up here in the Northwest they get limited exposure to UV so the covering does tend to last longer.  My issue with cockpit cushions is that if they are large or long they can be difficult to store, but bottomsiders and the other similar types can just be left on deck as they do not absorb water.


  • January 21, 2013 1:18 PM
    Reply # 1185164 on 1183592
    We bought Bottomsider cockpit cushions in 2008.  They cost nearly $900.  They are a disappointment.   After only 2 years the vinyl covers started to split and crack.  I've repaired them a few times, but the splitting continues.  

    The light colored vinyl also attracts dirt and is difficult to clean.  I regret buying a light color.

    Our next step is to get some fabric covers to put over those cushions.  We're giving up on the vinyl.  

    There's another company in Texas that makes similar cushions.  I don't remember their name.  They offered heavy duty cushions with much thicker, much tougher vinyl with a glossy finish that won't hold dirt, but for $1500.  In retrospect, maybe I should have bought them.

    On a W32 there is no way to get on and off the boat and into the cabin without walking on those cockpit cushions. Guests don't always wear appropriate shoes, nor do they know they must walk on cushions. Other sailboats with swim platforms for boarding give the cushions an easier life simply because there is less need to walk on the cushions.

  • January 22, 2013 6:09 AM
    Reply # 1185799 on 1183592
    I've often thought about fitted cushions for the cockpit area esp when I come across a good deal on closed-cell foam. Then I ultimately decide against it for those same reasons (people walk on them, not very comfortable anyway, etc.) but the main reason being fitted they are essentially 'single purpose'.

    I have a couple 'Sport a Seats' which I like but my favorite cockpit cushion is (was) a Orvis dog bed.  It's a flat 'bean bag' about 24" in diameter and 8" in height (something like that).  I say 'was' because after 7 years outside in the cockpit it finally gave up the ghost.  But I liked it so much I took the remains to a canvas shop and had a duplicate made with Sunbrella.  Since the 'beans' are contained in a separate interior bag (with zipper to refill as necessary) the outside cover can be easily replaced.  I think they charged me $25-30 (I supplied the beans)

    It is the very best seat I've found for 'stuffing' around the boomkins when steering, eliminates the hard corners of the winch mount and it turns the bunk into a nice lounge for reading,