After spending a few night aboard my boat, I realized the 11 year old 4" cheap foam cushions aren't going to cut it for sleeping.
So I started doing research on boat mattresses.
Found an internet forum that all that's discussed is mattresses.
Come to find out, So Cal has more custom mattress manufacturers than any where else.
So I started calling them to discuss options/ materials and prices.
After researching my options, I decided I wanted a Latex mattress.
There are 2 types of latex manufacturers; Talalay and Dunlop with Talalay having the higher quality manufacturing process.
HCM seemed to be the logical choice as they only do boats and they would come to my boat and measure for me.
However, they seemed a bit pricey for the latex and then they dinged you for any "options" such as a hinge and pillow top.
As I worked my way down the list, I came across Melvin Custom Mattress in Northridge, CA.
So after reviewing there website I called and spoke to a nice lady who quoted me a decent price on a Latex mattress.
The wife and I drove into the Valley and tried out a few different variations.
Fortunatley, My wife is fluent in spanish. Rosa, the owner speaks and understands english, but was more comfortable speaking spanish.
It took her one week to make the mattress and let me tell you, I've gone from the outhouse to the penthouse!
Cost me $1,800 with a vinyl bottom, 2" soft latex pillow top and 6" medium latex base. Price included a hinge in the middle.
Plus, she only charges $35 to alter sheets/comforter you bring her to fit the new mattress
Wrestled the mattress into the V berth and made sure the Hypervent was centered.
Took my first nap today in summer like conditions here in So Cal.
I highly recommend Melvin Custom Mattress. If you get a chance, check out the nice story about Rosa and her husband on the website.