Wow , that is a wake up call . I was thinking in the 2k range for a boat that size . Maybe I need to shop around at non-marine upholstery shops .The v-berth and salon cushions in Sumbrella with new foam for the horizontal surfaces was approximately $4K in 2014 for our 28.
That seems like a more reasonable approach. There are plenty of upholstery shops here in San Jose. I could order a few yards of the fabric and give one to a shop as a trial and if "the admiral" approves, they could do the lot. The boat deal has to close first but I'm making a list of near term projects to budget for.We had a furniture upholster sew 15 new covers for the E381 for $1600.
What a great story and idea. I know of some places in WV and central PA that have been really hurt by the downturn. They would kill to make some money (I wouldn't bother to dicker) and surely charge less than the boating upholsterers in Annapolis!I found a 1/2"x1" ad in our small town classifieds that some farm folks did upholstery during the non growing season. I supplied the fabric and battens, used the old still good foam and vinyl backing. Nice drive through a depression era 1 block town, then 2 mile section of dirt rutted road and followed by a group of farm dogs and 2 pigs, a mule, and 2 donkeys...but the folks who had to be in their 90's were so glad I made the trip, all smiles and country. They looked the grapes of wrath, both worn overalls and I had to be careful not to step on the chickens who were pecking on my shoes. The nice lady had a walker. Good ole Texans. If they charged $5k I would have done it. They charged me $250 and apoligized for taking 2 weeks to do it 'cause of arthritis...all my salon boat cushions. I gave them a $200 tip and they teared up. Me too. The livestock followed me back the 2 miles to the main gate which was two cedar posts holding up 3 sagging rows of rusted barbed wire...the barbs were flat not round so I am sure it was OEM. Oh, the sewing job they did was spectacular!!