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Old 12 March 2015, 17:44   #1
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Bench seat – foam thickness.

One of the jobs I want to do on my RIB this year is to tidy up the bench seat arrangement, and possibly cut down on the shear bulk of the base and backrest.

The current base and backrest arrangement is 1/2in thick ply well coated in preservative and 4in thick upholstery foam covered in Grey vinyl secured with stainless steel staples.
I made these @ 10yrs ago now and they are still fine, but actually quite heavy and bulky even though they are dry inside and not full of water.

I’m thinking of making both parts a few inches shorter, using a plastic board and thinner waterproof Closed cell foam.

Bearing in mind the functional nature of ‘The Nashers Revenge’, and my distain for White cushions with Blue piping, I might not even cover the foam at all. I’ll also make the whole thing fold away.

I understand 30mm of the Closed cell high density foam is probably going to weigh the same, if not more, than the current 4in of Upholstery foam, and also that it’s going to be expensive compared to normal or ‘Chipped’ foam. I also understand that it’s not recommended for household upholstery as it’s not Fire retardant.
But if nothing else should make some interesting noises when being sat on in wet wetsuits.

Has anyone any experience of this type of foam and can suggest what thickness would give enough comfort to passengers rear ends?

Thanks.

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Old 12 March 2015, 19:31   #2
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Any more than three inches is too much for my rear end
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Old 13 March 2015, 06:17   #4
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Bit hard to sit on?
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Old 13 March 2015, 06:59   #5
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One of the jobs I want to do on my RIB this year is to tidy up the bench seat arrangement, and possibly cut down on the shear bulk of the base and backrest.

The current base and backrest arrangement is 1/2in thick ply well coated in preservative and 4in thick upholstery foam covered in Grey vinyl secured with stainless steel staples.
I made these @ 10yrs ago now and they are still fine, but actually quite heavy and bulky even though they are dry inside and not full of water.

I’m thinking of making both parts a few inches shorter, using a plastic board and thinner waterproof Closed cell foam.

Bearing in mind the functional nature of ‘The Nashers Revenge’, and my distain for White cushions with Blue piping, I might not even cover the foam at all. I’ll also make the whole thing fold away.

I understand 30mm of the Closed cell high density foam is probably going to weigh the same, if not more, than the current 4in of Upholstery foam, and also that it’s going to be expensive compared to normal or ‘Chipped’ foam. I also understand that it’s not recommended for household upholstery as it’s not Fire retardant.
But if nothing else should make some interesting noises when being sat on in wet wetsuits.

Has anyone any experience of this type of foam and can suggest what thickness would give enough comfort to passengers rear ends?

Thanks.

Nasher.
hi Nasher
i bought a cushion for my dog in the boat off ebay waterproof cover they will make any size 1m x 800mm x 75mm £30 cant remember the company but not hard to find.
before i had shock seats Dave rose at riibquest made me some cushions for my jockey seats using different grades of closed cell foam they were really comfy on ply bases s/s staples

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Old 13 March 2015, 08:53   #6
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found it direct manufacturing 01132405815 chew resistant dog beds on ebay do seat cushions as well

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I put 2" HD closed cell on my boat (the firmest I could find.) It's pretty stiff. I'd go medium density at the firmest, assuming you care about your passengers comfort (if not, well, why bother asking?)

Better if you can actually see and feel the stuff (I was working mail order.) A visit to an upholsterer's might be in order to test the different grades out.

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Jeff

thanks for the heads up, something to investigate.

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That's interesting you found the HD too firm, I need to find somewhere that sells the stuff to have a feel(Ooeer), normal upholstery places just have open cell indoor foam.

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Just a thought, when I made my seat I used a very firm reconstituted (chip) foam. Felt too hard on testing so I bored some holes through the bit where I sit using a sharpened bit of inch tube. Made it more flexible and a bit softer where it counts!This could work with closed cell foam too I guess?
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Try Mark at thefoamshop.co.uk he's very knowledgeable and helpful.


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