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Cockpit Cushions

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Here’s a sailing oxymoron for you—comfortable cockpit. It’s a rare boat that doesn’t need some kind of cushioning in the cockpit if you’re sailing for more than an hour or two, and even if your rear end is pampered with cushions, the shallow, poorly angled coamings on many boats don’t do your spine much good. Made by the cockpit-cushion manufacturer Bottomsiders, Coamingsiders fit over wood or fiberglass coamings to provide some relief for aching backs. They’re made from waterproof closed-cell foam. At $45, they’re an ideal gift for your boat, your crew, or yourself. Bottomsiders, 800-438-0633, www.bottomsiders.com

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