The Work Pillow

One of the first things we did when we moved aboard Barefoot Gal was to replace the pillows on the bed. The old ones were horrible!

What to do with the old ones? They sat around for a while — not really trash, but not good enough even to be guest pillows. One went into the car for the dog.

Then as Dave started getting into the deck lockers and working on the engine, he discovered that he was always having to lean against the edges of fiberglass partitions. OUCH!

And so that extra “awful” pillow had a new lease on life as the work pillow. It provides just enough cushioning to make things tolerable (along with Dave’s knee pads) and we don’t care if it gets filthy. Between jobs, we just slip it in a trash bag to keep from transferring the grease onto anything else, then tuck it onto the storage bed.

So if you’ve got an old bed pillow, cockpit cushion or even an old PFD, think twice before throwing it in the trash — would it be a good work pillow?

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21 Comments
  • Jan Bogart
    Posted at 16 February 2015 Reply

    Happy Birthday!

  • Deborah Ruths-Brown
    Posted at 16 February 2015 Reply

    Happy happy birthday Dave!

  • Frances Liz Fernandez
    Posted at 16 February 2015 Reply

    Happy birthday to Dave. I hope you have a great day

  • Barb France
    Posted at 16 February 2015 Reply

    Happy birthday! !!

  • Barb France
    Posted at 16 February 2015 Reply

    Happy birthday! !!

  • Terri Zorn
    Posted at 16 February 2015 Reply

    Happy Birthday……Have a wonderful day 🙂

  • Terri Zorn
    Posted at 16 February 2015 Reply

    Happy Birthday……Have a wonderful day 🙂

  • Debra Perfitt
    Posted at 16 February 2015 Reply
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    Posted at 16 February 2015 Reply
  • June Stein Kelly
    Posted at 16 February 2015 Reply

    What a great idea. Comes under the heading “why didn’t I think of that?” I am just about to replace our pillows!

  • Sheryl Shard
    Posted at 16 February 2015 Reply

    Great idea. And Happy Birthday to Dave!

  • mark
    Posted at 17 February 2015 Reply

    I use the square type seat, life-ring cushion type?

  • Deana Jones
    Posted at 17 February 2015 Reply

    Troy has to lay across our engine to work on the generator. He has always used an old pillow laid across the engine. Works great!

  • Mike Boyd
    Posted at 17 February 2015 Reply

    Happy Birthday Dave.

    I use one of those garden kneeling pads for this same purpose. It is “slightly” easier to clean oil and grease off of…but saves you from that dreaded ledge induced bruise on the ribs.

    -Mike
    ThisRatSailed

  • Denys Stryker
    Posted at 29 April 2016 Reply

    or a moving blanket

  • Matt Garand
    Posted at 29 April 2016 Reply

    I use a work pad/pillow also and it really helps!

  • Colin Mombourquette
    Posted at 29 April 2016 Reply

    Definitely a necessity as I grow more “seasoned”. I use 3 hi density, canvas-covered foam pads sold at a local store as kneeling pads for gardening. Kneel, sit or lie on them and use one to protect my belly when I need to lie on top of the engine to reach the stuffing box. Guess my belly is also a stuffing box

  • Pacific NW Boater
    Posted at 30 April 2016 Reply

    PFDs work great in a pinch!

  • Paul Sunshine
    Posted at 30 April 2016 Reply

    Is that like the garden knee pad?

  • Pat McCoy
    Posted at 30 April 2016 Reply

    I always where my knee pads when doing work around the boat.

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