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Old 02-27-2011, 03:51 PM
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I am thinking about reupholstering the bolsters and seats on my 32' Regulator. Can someone tell me how much I should expect to spend to have this done? I want quality work that looks like original upholstery.
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You know sometimes you can get it directly from the manufacturer, it's worth a try, might be cheaper.
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Just had my 32 regulator done. $1500.00 was the cost to do bolsters, and all seats.
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Originally Posted by steere View Post
Just had my 32 regulator done. $1500.00 was the cost to do bolsters, and all seats.

That is really cheap. I redid a 257 GW CC. There were two bolsters, the leaning post seat, seat back, and the two small cushions in the back. It was just under $2500 for marine grade vinyl, thread, foam, and temperfoam in the leaning post cushions. Looked better and lasted better than the GW factory cushions.

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Steere, who did your work and did they look original when finished?
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Tango, I won't need new foam just the vinyl exterior. I hope it's not 2,500.00...you may be right though
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I know upholstery work is a skillset not everyone has but those prices are insane. Do some legwork and research fabric suppliers and then find a family-owned upholstery shop that does custom car work.

We once had an airplane redone and the "airplane shops" were even more over-priced than these boating types.

The airplane seats looked better than brand new for about 1/3 price.

$2500 bucks to purchase (wholesale) and then cut & sew some foam and vinyl? I'd like some of what they're smoking.
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heck i got prices of 4500! im gonna try a local golf cart seat place here locally(couple of hours from the coast). a seat is a seat right? as long as they use quality marine vinyl.
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$4500 ??????????????? Insane.

When we did the airplane, I offered the crew lunch, drove them over to the plane and said:

Me: "Here, make me those out of this".
Upholstery guy: "Si senor, we can do that".

They named a price and it was done. OUTSTANDING WORK. Paid cash. Everyone was happy...except the tax man.
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I did not use/need new foam either. he did something to it (heat I think) and puffed it back up. looks great! As far as looking like the original....The original vinyl had vertical stiching sewn into the vinyl every couple of inches (i guess i would call it a design???) anyway the new vinyl the design is molded into the vinyl instead of stiching. I like this better because the stiching gets dirty..... This will not. The drainage is so much better also. Instead of a couple of drain grommet's on the bottom of the bolsters. the new vinyl has mesh on the bottom the whole length. No more soggy bolsters. I added black piping around my seats and bolsters to make it a bit different, so you can do what you want as well. Don't quote me on the price. I believe it was around $1500-1600. I know for a fact it was not over 2000. I had a few things done to the boat so not real sure on the break down. Bluefin Canvas out of Wilmington did the work (910) 612-2290. They did an awesome job!! let me know if you need anything else. I am in the process of doing a lot to my Regulator right now.
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I just did my 26 Regulator for $900.. looks brand new.. all combing pads and all seats
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Xyzzy, who did you use in your area? Was it quality work?
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Old 03-03-2011, 04:21 PM
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Steere, what else are you doing to your Regulator? I'm thinking about modifying the leaning post box by cutting the front down 10" to all helm seats on top like the new center consoles you see on the market. I will loose the chart tube and will have to modify the ss rocket launcher. Anyone's thoughts?

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