Book shelves are always needed on a boat, but where do you put them? My solution was to put them on a valance at the head of the V berth. The shelf is made of 1/4″ acrylic with a low lip in front and a larger up stand at the back which goes behind the valance. Holes were then drilled through the valance and through the acrylic, and small bolts used to fasten the two. The valance has a slight concave curve, I discovered, so the acrylic is not tight to the valance where the bolts go through and they are just finger tight. The ends of the shelf have uprights to keep the books from sliding off. Before cruising I will install a small bungee cord across the front to keep books and CD’s from jumping down.


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