Make Your Own Rail & Lifeline Cushions

Item # X-HT-200566

Everyone wants to be comfortable while cruising and sometimes small improvements can make a big difference. Adding cushions around pushpit rails and lifelines can provide a comfortable backrest as well as a nice place to cross the lifelines. Watch this video to learn how to make your own!

DIY Rail and Lifeline Cushions

Rail and lifeline cushions are simple, affordable, and an excellent project for even those new to sewing. This video will show you step-by-step how to assemble rail and lifeline cushions with slit foam pipe insulation and Sunbrella® Marine Grade fabric. The cushions are simple to install, slipping right over the rail or line and securing with Velcro and ties. With one yard of 46" Sunbrella Marine Grade fabric you can make about 16 feet of lifeline cushions.

For added durability on lifelines, we recommend reinforcing the foam with a plastic hose (same diameter as the foam’s inner diameter) between the foam and the lifeline. This allows the foam to slide and rotate without being cut by the lifeline.

Materials List

  • Marine Canvas Fabric (we used Sunbrella® Marine Grade 46" Ocean Blue fabric #4678-0000)
  • Tex 90 Polyester or Lifetime Thread
  • Seamstick 3/8" Basting Tape for Canvas #129
  • 5/64" Leech Line #21207
  • 5/8" Hook (#464100) and Loop (#466100)
  • Slit Foam Pipe Insulation
  • Plastic Hose (optional)

Tools List:

  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Sailrite® Edge Hotknife #103800
  • Soapstone Pencil #102766
  • Yardstick
  • Tape measure

How do you make your boat feel a little more comfortable? Leave a comment and tell us about it!