A few months ago Fred had it in his mind that we needed padded lifelines to spruce up the cockpit and lean back against while sailing.
Well we headed out to West Marine and found a package of lifeline pads for 62.99.
We got these “premium” lifeline cushions home to discover that the construction was so very basic we should have just made them ourselves. They were literally a piece of PVC wrapped in plumbing insulation — the stuff you put on your pipes, so they don’t freeze — with a sleeve of sunbrella.
We paid $65 for that?!!!
This month I got a bee in my bonnet to do some sewing, so I decided to make my own lifeline covers and see just how easy it was.
After sewing the sleeves we just needed to get some PVC pipe, and some padding, and it all slid right together.
Here’s a shot of the pads on Gimme Shelter. The top line has the West Marine pad, and the bottom line is showcasing the one I sewed myself. The West Marine version comes only in the 57″ length and only in blue.
For those of you without any sewing skills, you’re in luck. This week I’ve decided to launch the Gimme Shelter Etsy Store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/SVgimmeshelter.
I would be happy to sew and assemble a custom pair of lifeline pads for you in whatever length you order and in your choice of sunbrella colors for half the price of what West Marine charges.
So if anyone would like to get some lifeline covers made for their boat, feel free to order!
I’ll slowly be adding more useful and interesting nautical products to the store as I conduct this Etsy experiment in entrepreneurship, so bookmark my new site and stop by often!