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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

  • Bedding Ensembles

  • 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: 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. This service makes us uniquely different from many other vendors who make mattresses for boats and yachts. However, logistics can be an issue. We have 2 points of origin: Mentor, Ohio and Catawba, Ohio. Reaching the north coast of Ohio and into Michigan as far as northern Lake Saint Claire is easy. Other areas would need discussion. It usually takes 4-6 weeks from Templating to delivery. Usually we deliver, however, sometimes we ship directly to customer, and they handle placing the mattress(es). 50% deposit is required to order, balance upon delivery.
  • Can I just give you the old mattress to make the new?
    Every new mattress needs to be templated. Often, people want to give us the old mattress as a pattern. We don’t do this. It’s unreliable. 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. For example: if you have a V Berth; The thickness of the desired mattress effects the slope of the mattress side cuts. We measure up and out when making a template. Head room can be an issue. Some of the mattresses can be up to 9 1/2″ thick. Access doors can also be compromised with a thicker mattress. Often, hinges are desirable, so we mark those as well. These mattresses are a quality investment. We want to make sure the fit is perfect.
  • What kind of mattresses are there?
    Basically, Handcraft Mattresses fall into 2 categories: Spring and Latex. Within those categories, there are many combinations. Determining the right direction to pursue is similar to the process of determining what direction to pursue when purchasing a mattress for home. What do you find comfortable at home? This is usually one of the first questions I ask.
  • If I’m investing in a custom mattress, is there any way to try out them out prior to ordering?"
    As the Midwest dealer for the Handcraft Mattress Company, we have most of the hand-samples (roughly 2′ X 2′) and 3′ X 5′ samples of the different types. The 3’X 5’s are good for trying out. We have a showroom at our Mentor Location, and we can bring a couple large samples to agreed on locations. We have a booth at the Catawba Island Boat Show as well as Cedar Point where we bring our best sellers. We are pursuing other boat show locations as well.
  • 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?
    The size category of the boat mattresses are determined by the widest part. 0-39″ Twin 40″-53″ Full 54″ – 60″ Queen 60″ + King 0-85″ V-Berth Queen 86″ + V-Berth King The length isn’t important.
  • I have foam now. Why would I want a latex mattress?
    Often the “mattress” that comes with a boat is a piece of foam. This thin, uncomfortable piece of foam is often the reason boaters seek out a new mattress. Foam is a petroleum product. Latex is made from the rubber tree. Latex is more supportive yet not hard, has a long life without breaking down, little off-gas, and doesn’t get warm like foam. The Pincore construction of the latex used allows for great breath-ability and comfortable resilience. Latex is also more expensive than foam. When thickness is an issue, I usually recommend one of the latex combinations. In general, the spring combinations need more thickness to make them luxury hotel comfortable. The thinner spring mattresses are firm.
  • Will I feel the hinge?
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