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Hanging pictures on a yacht

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What is the issue?
Heavy pictures, mirrors, half models, plaques etc require a solid fitting on a seagoing vessel. Weighty objects such as these could injure the crew should they come loose in heavy weather sailing. The obvious mounting solution is to bolt through a bulkhead and fasten them on. Yet this type of engineering is much more than is required and the bulkhead damage is less than desirable.

Why address this?
It is pleasant to personalise your vessel and make it a home from home. If this can be easily achieved so that items can be changed every so often, so much the better.

How to address this?
Most frames are very light and require little support. Two well-applied strips of Velcro self-adhesive tape fixed to both the picture and the frame, should have no issue supporting it and cause no damage to the bulkhead.

Small or light picture frame mounted using Velcro
Drawing: Tony Gibson

However, when the pictures or mirrors get larger and heavier, you will have to resort to a screw of some sort which means that the bulkhead will be marked. If the pictures are attached with a pair of hinges, plus two lengths of Velcro to help fasten the frame down at the bottom, it may be easily changed from time to time.

Hinged Picture Frame
Photo: Tony Gibson

Hinged Picture Frame side view
Photo: Tony Gibson

With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.
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