It's a boat cushion; it's a throwable rescue device; its a PFD storage bag. This rugged vinyl bag with velcro fastener and sewn on nylon straps actually holds two standard 20" x 12" x 2-1/2" type II PFD vests.
The cushions are unexpectedly comfortable, much better than the normal square cushions sold in marine stores. The reason is that the collar cutout on the life vests provide some contouring to that sometimes hard to fit part of the human anatomy.
The idea comes straight from Don Casey’s book, “100 Fast & Easy Boat Improvements.” On page 20, he tells how to take two of those ubiquitous rectangular orange life vests that seem to be in the lockers and corners of every boat and make them into seat cushions and therefore more useful. Basically, you make a fabric bag (ours are made from marine vinyl) with a Velcro-fastened opening through which the life vests fit.
Now you don't have to make the bag, you can buy one or two from Duckworks. Every boat should have a few of these on board.
Now available in two sizes: the original two PFD version and now a single PFD cushion/bag.
Julie and I finished the Watertribe North Carolina Challenge!
We used the "two pfd boat cushion" as a rowing seat and a steering seat. We were heeled hard over for 12 hours as we beat up the Core Sound and that cusion saved my butt.
Frank and Julie