Before we left for the Bahamas we bought new mattresses for SV Aphrodite. How we disposed of the old ones and brought new ones aboard is worth documenting. We are anchored out. We bring everything across the water by dinghy.
We had to replace two of our mattresses. The old beds were eyesores and desperately uncomfortable. One mattress was green foam and the other was a standard-issue cream mattress that had seen better days.
Here are some pictures of Rick taking the old mattresses to shore, in the rain, by dinghy.
Using Amazon, we ordered a new mattress for our guest room and master berth. The new mattresses arrived by UPS in two rectangular boxes. Each box was about the size of a very large duffel bag.
Rick transported the boxes from shore, in the dark, by dinghy. Here is a picture of the boxes arriving at the back of our catamaran.
Inside the boxes the mattresses were shrink wrapped and vacuum packed. Here is a picture of one of the mattresses after it had been removed from the box.
It was oddly satisfying to tear open the bags, hear a hiss of air, and watch the beds expand. One of life’s small pleasures. We let the mattresses unfurl for 48 hours before using them.
I can attest that the mattresses are very comfortable. They are pristine and fully encased in soft, waterproof, dust-mite, allergen-free covers. We purchased these covers separately to counter the affects of a marine environment.
If these queen-sized mattresses were any more prim they would be like her majesty herself, wearing white gloves and boxy heels. You’d never guess that they once had a romp out in the open air, flying across the waves in the Florida Keys.