Padded lifelines for a fraction of the corporate price

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.

LifelinePad01

After sewing the sleeves we just needed to get some PVC pipe, and some padding, and it all slid right together.

LifelinePad02

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.

LifelinePad03

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!

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5 thoughts on “Padded lifelines for a fraction of the corporate price

  1. Mary: We went through the same OMG when we decided to replace our lifeline cushions except there was NO way my husband was going to pay the West Marine price. Our covers were in pretty good shape so just wanting to replace the cushions, we used pool noodles. Not sure how they are going to hold up long term but so far so good. Good luck with the store. I will make it a Favorite!!
    Namasté,
    Marci
    S/V FNR
    http://www.zenonaboat.com

  2. I have reached out to you via your Etsy site but no reply. Are you still doing these? I am looking for 4 72″ long and able to fit a 1 1/2 outer diameter. Let me know, thanks. Bill

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