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Quality Custom Linens

I don’t know about the rest of you, but figuring out how to get bedding to fit the odd size and shape of boat bunks has been an ongoing battle for me.

Failure: I tried adapting king-size sheets by adding an extra bit to the bottom (our bunk is king width at the top, narrower at the bottom, and longer than a king), but the elasticized bottom sheet stumped me and they were not only ugly, they weren’t very comfortable. Sulk!

Partial Success: I had someone who makes organic hand-dyed cotton sheets make them to a template and they worked well for five years, but when they fell apart last summer (John’s foot went right through the bottom sheet, telling you how thin they were getting!), the person who had made them was totally uninterested in doing it again. Sigh!

Success: An internet search on sailboat custom linens brought me to Quality Custom Linens. Wendy Walker has the whole thing figured out, including typical bunk shapes and patterns. She keeps your information on file for future orders and she offers everything from mattress covers to comforters. The sheets we ordered are a perfect fit and the sewing is beautifully done. Relief!

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Sally my wife has a sewing machine and all our bedding fits great. And alot cheaper than a bespoke tailor, plus I get to share time snuggled up in them with her. (Yes my glass is always half full)

jack foley

Hi Phyllis,
I was wondering about thread count. I am fortunate enough to be married to the girl from the princess and the pea story and I take full advantage of her need for great bedding. At home our bedding is 100% cotton and the thread count is pretty high but on board we use a blend and a much lower thread count. I was just wondering your thoughts on these.


Martin Ledger

Well, if you like simple and low tech, buy twin flat sheets…. tie an overhand knot in 4 corners (it creates a pocket) et voila! A custom fitted sheet. 2 in the bottom corners for the top sheet. Sorry… I was US Navy and it was ROUGH out there!

Matt Molkoski

I notice on the website they have a recommendation for who to order mattress / cushions from. Have you tried this company (Portland Boat Mattress), or do you have any recommendations for companies to redo interior cushions? We’ve a 1986 CS30 in Toronto with original cushions, and as wonderful as the 80’s colour and fabrics are, they’ve gone well past their sell by date!

John Harries

Hi Matt,

Sorry, I don’t have any recommendations, at least not in the TO area.

Anyone else?