After trying to coordinate with the marina to obtain our cushion, we decided to make arrangements for getting our cushion back by going directly to the source--the owner of the other boat.
A mutual friend & neighbor introduced us to the owner of the boat where we saw our long-lost cushion, but when we asked him about the cushion-in-question, he said he was sorry, but he didn't have it. We were speechless! The cushion that we saw on his boat looked exactly like the one we were missing!
It all worked out though. After telling the owner that we lost our cushion a year ago, something clicked for him and he realized that perhaps he was in possession of our missing accessory (he thought we were asking if he had recently found a cockpit cushion, which he had not). Turns out, he rescued our cushion from the water so long ago that he had forgotten all about it.
The owner was very happy that he was able to reunite us with our missing cushion. In fact, he told us that he had given up collecting passing debris because he was never able to find out who owned any of it. We're just thankful he was still rescuing things back when our cushion floated by.
For the last year, I have been using our cushion-less seat as a potting station for my plants:
|Boat Potting Station|
So all is well. Our aft-cockpit is whole once again and my plants are back on the floor where they belong: