The Work Pillow

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Working over compartment edges can get painful. We just happened to have an old pillow aboard . . .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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  1. Happy Birthday!

  2. Happy happy birthday Dave!

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

  4. Happy birthday! !!

  5. Happy birthday! !!

  6. Happy Birthday……Have a wonderful day 🙂

  7. Happy Birthday……Have a wonderful day 🙂

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

  9. Great idea. And Happy Birthday to Dave!

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

  11. 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!

  12. 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.


  13. or a moving blanket

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

  15. 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

  16. PFDs work great in a pinch!

  17. Is that like the garden knee pad?

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

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