In the old days, we needed a protected area where we could store and view our paper charts without fear of the weather making them useless. In today's world, electronics rule.
Yes, the nav station is dead.
Now we can mount a sail pod at the helm with a chart plotter, depth, wind, speed and whatever gauges you want. And you can have your VHF right there at your side to hail whoever you want.
Wanna blow your mind?
Yes, the nav station is dead. But don't fret! There's hope!
Your nav station is just begging to come into the 21st Century. What better place to create your own personal bar? And what better place than right by the companionway.
What's your poison?