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Old 07-08-2016   #1
 
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questions about using paco pad as seat cushion?

I just outfitted and new boat and made a front deck out of wood that is 24"x73". My kids want a pad and I am ready to shell out the big bucks for a paco pad. Do I want a pad that just fits the seat or does it work well or have an advantage to using a slightly bigger one like the Grande that is 27"? Thanks

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The more it hangs over the more it will get pinched by the straps and get holes in it.
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Are straps over the top the preferred way to keep it down? Would strapping it down by the grommets eliminate that problem? Thanks
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It would certainly alleviate the dreaded strap pinch but would be floppy/shifty. I have always strapped over the top to keep it in place but thats just me. I try and make sure the buckle isnt at a pinch point and that helps but over the years they get holes pinched in.
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Paco pads are indestructible, not one has ever gotten a hole, not even once!

But for real, get a pack that you will be comfortable sleeping on and if it hangs over it won't hurt anything.
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If it hangs over the front edge it could possibly prevent an injury as my kids have fallen into the frame when sitting on the bow. But I'd assume zbaird to be correct that it could wear faster that way.

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The bigger thicker pads tend to depress more where one is sitting and cause the puddle of water in which one is sitting in to become larger. Or so my daughters tell me.

I actually prefer a thinner pad on my front platform but since everyone wants a thicker sleeping pad that is where it goes. And yes strap pinch will make your pads holy. er. in my case.
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Our Betty pup dropped into the drink a few times last summer on the MF because of Paco (side) overhang. She figured it out really fast! Best to avoid that if you can.

For seat padding, we squeeze a lot of air out of our thick packs before rigging for the day. It helps reduce it, but not eliminate it.
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I am of the belief it is best to get rid of the straps that go through the grommets, they tend to either become an entanglement hazard, or a hassle. If you need to roll it, just use a single strap, or a chunk of p-cord to avoid a buckle rubbing on it.
Just run straps over the top to secure it, tight in white water to decrease the entrapment risk.
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OK...So I get that buckles rubbing on the pad are bad. I can remedy that by either sewing on a flat of pvc underneath the buckle, or having the buckle on the underside of the deck. But as for the overlap on the front, over the rail, or bunching up in the back. Can you fold over a paco pad so that is not longer an issue? If I am spending an obscene amount of money on a deck/sleeping pad it better last just short of forever.

And yes, you guys are awesome to help me work out this problem. Thanks
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