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What anyone else has at the nav doesn't matter so much. By definition it should be a place where navigation can be done, with whatever tools you will have and in whatever manner you plan to navigate. Ideally that would be a tilted chart "table" large enough for the charts or chart books you prefer to use, facing forward (for comfort) or aft (to communicate to the helm) with an attached swivel seat and restraining belt to make sure you remain attached in rough wx. In practical terms...many boats just don't have the space for that and the nav station typically is at the head of the quarterberth.
Today I'd want space for a laptop computer, or an installed flat screen and keyboard w/mouse, since that's often a primary system--if you have it on board. That might mean more flat space (if you have it) or bulkhead space.
For sure the GPS should be visible to the navigator, but if you are often shorthanded and have only one GPS, you might prefer to put that on a swivel arm that can be moved to let it be seen from the helm.
Also whatever radios you have--mounted into the bulkhead. And some small rack for traditional tools, if you are using them, along with a space for binocs, sextant, or whatever other tools your nav may be using.
Radar? Some have it, many don't.
You can see where's there's an awful lot that just depends on what you've got and what you plan to install!
Traditionally the whole switch panel for all breakers and the batteries will be at the nav as well, but if the electrics are stable, I'm not concerned with having them at the nav station, I'd prefer to see them as sheltered from spray and bumps as possible, That may mean backed under the companionway (I don't like that but on some boats, that's where they've been run) or against the bulkhead to the lazarettes, simply because the wiring has to come out the other side.
It's more like "make a list of everything you'd use while at the nav, everything electrical or navigational" and then trim the list down to what you have room for, and plan to carry onboard. Including room for "the rest" of the charts, the pilot books, anything similar your naviguesser might be held responsible for. Including a flashlight or two--because the nav often may need one of them, too.