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blueachilles says:

Thinking we might replace the cushions this year, certainly in the forepeak, and probably the main cushions in the saloon (does the Achilles cabin warrant being called a saloon? We normally refer to the "front bedroom" and the "lounge")

Ron, can you give me the contact details for the chap you used please?
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Red Marlin says:

Lounge you can get away with but "front bedroom" ? we dont sleep in ours - we wear it like a pair of pyjamas and we have a 9 metre.
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busy home [deleted] says:

Try Ian Manuel ross. info@itsinthebag.co.uk 07701017685
Sail maker (hood Maker) Hayle ,Cwll
Hes not the man who made my covers ,, but im sure he will do a better job, Very nice man. At a guess £450
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Skykomish E29 says:

Ours is like a stately home by comparison.. haha we each sit in the main cabin, (lounge) feet up on the sofa which is either side watching DVD s on the laptop... The forecabin is reached by passing through the "Bathroom" area... and wow what space!!! it is like sleeping in a kingsize bed.. well at the head end it is.

Surely Di is a dab hand at the sewing machine? I know Linda found the first couple of covers a bit tricky, but once she got into them they were not too bad. The fabric was quite pricey but it seems that we overestimated quite considerably. If you fancy doing it yourselves I am sure that Linda would be happy to pass on her knowledge.
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busy home [deleted] says:

i wanted a bead thingy on the top edge, and wouild have paid the extra if asked ,, I m a little disapointed and in hind sight should have specified it, I know Blue wont mind me saying that I would spend my money on a sprayhood before cushions ,I consider a hood near essential on an Achilles,, Im delighted with mine all be it a bit high,
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Red Marlin says:

We only sleep in the front cabin so when we replace (and because we have spent a lot of time sleeping on the boat they are needed soon) I will look at the price of memory foam for the "bed"
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Skykomish E29 says:

We were actually suprised at what a difference some firm foam makes, we replaced the foam of the two saloon cushions in Aeolus and it was well worth it, though we didn't go as far as memory foam. Infact we didnt realise that there is a difference between firm and high density so be careful when choosing. (Memory foam I think I am right in saying is high density but not firm, whereas our seats were firm but not high density, if that makes sense?) so specify to the supplier your intended use and they should point in the right direction.

Ron I assume that you mean piping around the top edge? if they were made how Linda made ours, a box of fabric, the it should be possible to have the piping added as it just means unstitching the top section and adding the piping strip, a bit labour intensive but not impossible
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blueachilles says:

Thank you all for your replies.

We want to have vinyl again, due to rain/wet oilies/wet sails, and so Di's sewing machine wouldn't cope.

We have never seen the need for a sprayhood, although admittedly we've never sailed with one. Di is concerned about peering round or over it while mooring or approaching a pontoon - she drives, I handle the lines etc.

Our current upholstery is tatty, and the foam is tired, so we thought we'd at least get some quotes. £450 would be manageable.

Skykomish (spelling?) looks great, I'm very jealous!
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Skykomish E29 says:

Thank You Blue, I only put them on the site for a joke. I hear what you say about the sprayhood we used to have the same trouble with visibility and Linda used to have to sometimes stand on the cockpit seat to see where she was going, having said that we did experience some biggish swells which broke over the bow and landed in the cockpit so we were pleased to have the added protection it afforded then.

MMMMM vinyl? not sure about that one, this day and age you can get breathable waterproof fabric which is more comfortable to sleep on and fairly easy to sew. We got our material from Comfort Afloat who were very helpful. the tops and sides were made of fabric the bottoms a thin vinyl material that is waterproof and hard wearing and easy to sew, it was here that we located the zips www.comfortafloat.co.uk They can make your new covers too but are not cheap. Our fabric came to around £200 but as i said before that turned out to be far too much material
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busy home [deleted] says:

You can fold these sprayhoods down!
I paid £300 including foam ,Material sewing delivered,and initial measuring, My sister a professionel retired seamstress did Chilles, I asked her to do Goskars she said in a loud voice NO NEVER AGAIN..
Do not be tempted to use the old foam ,I burnt Goskar s ,,, and the heat was frightning.
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Andrew Curry says:

Ron is right. A sprayhood is the best money you will ever spend on a A24.
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Vidwatts says:

I've just taken the sprayhood off Aeolus - I didn't want it to wear over the winter, though I'm going to continue to sail her. I'm assuming that on the Thames the need is less, though I did have a rather lumpy time last weekend with wind over tide at Woolwich reach which did splash up a bit.

I have noticed though that the screw-fixing for the sprayhood on the coach roof needs fixing - I'll start a separate thread for advice on that when I'm ready to make the repairs.

I'm very appreciative of the lovely cushions that came with her - beautifully made and a lovely fabric!
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rothwell_neil says:

Sprayhood essential on an A24, even at anchor or on mooring make a big difference. Replaced foam on the main cushions on emily to new firm stuff, well worth while.
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Skykomish E29 says:

mmmmmm yes I thought that I had repaired that if it is the Stb side.
I couldn't gain access from behind as when I took the interior panel off there was no sign of the screw.
What I did was remove the screw and injected epoxy into the hole, then replaced the screw to let it set, not the most satisfactory method but it appeared to last all season. What I would suggest now that the hood is off, is to remove the frame completely, inject the holes with epoxy, let it set, repeat until the hole is completley sealed over, this would be assisted by placing plastic tape over the hole until the epoxy sets to stop it weaping down the exterior wall, then re drill a pilot hole and then relocate the self tapping screw.
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busy home [deleted] says:

Drill right through, use a nut and bolt ,, use a socket or grease on finger to hold nut, Goskars are bolted on .. Patience required,
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Skykomish E29 says:

I thought about that originally Ron but I believe that the mounting, which is on the side of the cabin is not accessible from the inside as I used uite long screws and still didn't make an appearance on the inside of the cabin. I have a feeling that it screws through into the roof core.
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busy home [deleted] says:

For real strength I bolted Goskars, I cant remember exactly but I think I screwed one and bolted one,I know it was difficult to get the nut caught, I may have drilled the core ??? But seem to remember
nut on end of finger and luck catching thread!
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