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Old 09-20-2004, 02:19 PM
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Default Grady White vinyl bolster replacement

I need to replace the bolsters on my '95 GW Sailfish. Does anyone know if GW uses and outside vendor for their vinyl work? Or maybe a vinyl shop that does a lot of GW work? Also, anyone know how these things are attached? I can't feel any fasteners behind the glass and can't figure out how these things come off!
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Old 09-20-2004, 02:35 PM
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www.gradywhite.com

Email or phone customer relations and ask the questions. You may be referred to your dealer, but ask anyway.

I was able to obtain fuel tank info (a drawing) that way.

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Old 09-20-2004, 09:03 PM
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Make your own, bolsters are easy, they probably have a stud sticking out that has a nut under the gunnel, remove them and take them apart, their construction is simple, new ply. foam and vinyl, monel staples.....use the old ones as a pattern, give it a try...Mick
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Just had the g/w done '96 25 Sailfish took it to shop in town and end cost was less than a trip out on the big blue!!!!

Not worth my time they did it quick and I was fishing two days later with new bolsters!!!!
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Old 09-22-2004, 09:08 AM
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I had my Marlins done 6 years ago and for 500 bucks I think I could of done just as well as the pro. I like the "do it yourself plan" but where can you get the material from ?
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Old 09-22-2004, 12:33 PM
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I had a 1996 Chase, I now own a 95 Sailfish. I had the all of the material that stayed on my boat at all times replaced on my Chase including the bolster material. The removable cushions were in great shape still.

To remove the side bolsters, you need to look on the bottom side of the bolster. There should be a plastic screen under there. You will see small slits in the material. Where these slits are located, you will find a screw that holds the bolster in place.

For material, I purchased the smooth white for the ends and the "lined" main bolster portion from the a Grady dealer. They knew how much I would need. I don't remember the material cost.

I removed my bolsters. I had a lot more on the Chase than I do on the Sailfish. I think I did three seat cushions, the two side bolsters and the bolster for the transom door. I paid $350 for the upholstry work this year. For that price, they used my material, replaced the foam, used their material for the blue, grey and plastic screening and embroidered Grady White in the blue material.

Hope that helps!

Just an outside chance, but I see a couple other sailfish owners have responded to this thread....

Do you know where you can find the flexible rubber trim that is used between the deck and the sides on a Sailfish? I have the Grady part number, but it is 100 miles to the nearest dealer. I can't find anywhere on-line that offers that type of trim. It will make the cockpit look much cleaner, mine is permanently "dirty".

Another thing I did to the Chase and plan to do to my Sailfish this fall is replace the fake wood for the toeholds and trim with white starboard. It makes the boat look a lot cleaner. Just make sure you slot the holes because the starboard will expand and buckle on hot days if you don't.
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Old 09-23-2004, 02:01 PM
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j9f, If I read your post correctly your bolsters now have Grady upolstry just like the new ones for $350. That sounds like a great solution and I am going to try it over the winter. Before I go to my local Grady "pay a lot" dealer what do I need ? Dimensions, old bolsters or anything else ? Also how long did it take for the material to come in ? Thanks
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btt as I am too am interested- thanks
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I have black bolsters on my Carolina classic. They are made of something that looks like canvas. They look like new and my boat stays outside uncoverd 365. Anyone know what the material is ?
You'd think the balck would get hot but for some odd reason it does not.

When I replace mine it will definately be what CC uses.
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Old 09-24-2004, 06:12 AM
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Well, yes and no.

For $350 I got:
All of the upholstry work done for two side bolsters, the transom door bolster, the leaning post back, the leaning post seat and the seat back for the rear seat. For that price, the shop also supplied the grey and blue material for the the side bolsters, all new foam padding and embroidered Grady White in the blue material on the side bolsters. It doesn't look like I can attach a picture to this thread, so at the bottom is a link to the thread I had in the trading dock when I sold my 26' Chase. Six pieces uphostry were all replaced. The overhead shot shows it pretty well.

I do not remember how much I paid for the material because I purchased it at least a year before I finally had the work done. It was somewhere between $200 - $300. The dealer knew how much material I would need. I will say that I didn't have any extra of the ribbed fabric, but enough of the non ribbed white fabric left over to do four more boats. When I replace the fabric on my Sailfish, I will not need any more of the plain material. If I had it to do over, I would only buy the ribbed material from Grady. The smooth fabric is only used on the ends, so the shop could have easily matched the fabric and it isn't very visible anyhow.

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