Products and Process
While the integrity of a boat can continue for many years, the soft furnishings usually can't. Fabrics become worn and dated. Frequently, the mattress was never comfortable, not to mention what might be growing there after many years. Historically and understandably so, the boat and yacht industry has been more concerned about the vessel itself, not in it's finishing details like mattresses and bedding. Comfort and aesthetics are very personal.
Our main product offerings are:
Mattresses, toppers, and sheets
Pillows and accents
Almost everything is custom made. Mattresses, sheets, and bedding all require templates to be made. Most of the time, we make the templates. This is the main reason we are usually limited to the Northern Ohio coast into the Lake Saint Clair region. We need access to the vessel to make templates.
Our showroom/studio is located in Mentor, Ohio. However, Laura boats out of Catawba making it a stepping stone location. Actually, the majority of Freshwater Gills clientele boat out of the western basin of Lake Erie. At our showroom, we have large samples of the mattresses as well as a full design library of fabrics and bedding options. If logistically possible, we strongly encourage people to make an appointment to come in to check out the product. Sometimes that isn't possible, and Laura will pack up samples and take them for a meeting where the boat is located.
Concerning a new mattress, we are the Handcraft Mattress Company dealer for our region. Check their website: www.boatbeds.com for information.
Below are some frequently asked questions people have when getting a new boat mattress.
What is the Process for getting a new boat mattress?
The process starts with a conversation whether on the phone, email, or in person at a boat show. There are so many types, years and models of boats/yachts out there.This situation is uniquely different from the standard sizes of residential mattresses. After the selection is made and quote is accepted, we template.
Can I just give you the old mattress to make the new?
Foam flattens out, looses shape, and we don’t know how well the old even fit. The odd shapes, hull influences, and obstructions can influence decisions and pattern.
What kind of mattresses are there?
If I’m investing in a custom mattress, is there any way to try out them out prior to ordering?
What things should I consider when selecting a new mattress?
What do you consider comfortable? Soft? Firm? Support with a soft top layer? Gel? How often do you sleep on the boat? The answer will probably influence your budget.nHow important is comfort to you? Many of our clients suffer from bad backs, and being comfortable on their boat is important. And then there are those people who can sleep on rocks. Is this for you, kids, or company?
How is the size of the mattress determined?
54″ – 60″ Queen
60″ + King
0-85″ V-Berth Queen
86″ + V-Berth King
I have foam now. Why would I want a latex mattress?
Will I feel the hinge?