Written by the Foam Factory, Inc.
Having uncomfortable seats is a real problem on boats. It doesn’t matter whether you are sitting in a captain’s chair or on a bench inside the cabin – chances are that you’ll be spending a lot of time sitting down. The most common issue with these seats is that the boat cushions have become worn down through repeated use.
If this is the case on your boat, it’s a good idea to consider putting new foam into your yacht cushions to make them feel as good as new. You’ll want to review the different seating options on your boat every winter so that you’ll have enough time to replace your foam before its time to hit the water again in the spring.
When selecting a boat foam material, you’ll need to make a decision between open celled and closed celled foams. Open-celled foam has large pockets of space where airflow can allow water to drain and dry quickly. One example of open celled foam is drifast foam. By contrast, closed celled marine foams – such as floatation foam – are designed so that no water can get into the cells of the foam in the first place.
It may wind up making sense to use a combination of open celled and closed celled foam when replacing the foam in your yacht’s cushions. Floatation foam is stiff, which can be a great choice for exterior cushions where you might need to stand or kneel on them when working on your boat. As the name implies, using floatation foam also means your cushions can be floatation devices. But they may not be as comfortable as drifast foam, which is often used in the cabins of boats.
The Foam Factory, Inc. is a major supplier of foam, sponges, rubber and other products for commercial and personal use. Their product range includes several different types of foam that are appropriate for marine use.