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4788 Clean up aft cockpit bolsters 21 May 2016 23:03 #1

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My white OEM bolsters (padding) in the aft cockpit were starting to fail and had worn through in a couple of places, as well as having rope burn where a guest misled a towing line over the top of the transom.

Looking around the garage I found some left-over vinyl from the reupholstering of the Pilothouse.

Pulling off the old bolsters was easy, they are screwed in from the back. The foam had failed and was stripped off, all staples removed and the original boards removed on the port and starboard bolsters, with a new backing board fabricated for the stern. Stanless steel staples made quick work of attaching the vinyl and am pleased with the finished product which - while nowhere near professional quality - looks great from a few feet away.

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Alan Teed
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Gig Harbor, WA
2006 Hylas 49' blowboat
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Experience: Sail 50 years, Motor 15 years. 2 Transats, 1 Baltimore-Virgin Islands, 6 Months cruising Caribbean, 3-5 years cruising Med.

4788 Clean up aft cockpit bolsters 22 May 2016 20:16 #2

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Looks great upside down too!

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4788 Clean up aft cockpit bolsters 29 May 2016 00:50 #3

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Thanks for this post, as redoing the cockpit bolsters is our next project. They have gotten so bad that I did a temp repair with sail tape.

Do I understand that you did NOT use foam when you reapplied the new vinyl? I had already thought about leaving it out when I redo ours.

Thanks for the pic's, nice work.

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4788 Clean up aft cockpit bolsters 31 May 2016 06:11 #4

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Looks Good! Ours used to have teak wood capping over the pads but was replaced by composite wood for lowering the maintenance. I have to do ours on the flying bridge since the wood and the pads were removed and never replaced. I plan on using 1 inch foam instead of the two inch that's on the aft Padding. Hmm I like that blue color.. ours is white which has a tendency to stain and look dirty all the time... I was thinking TOP GUN canvas so it can breath better and hooks wont snag it as bad.
I hate that stinky sock smell that vinyl has a tendency to do when it gets wet and sour. Now you got me thinking!

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