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For those who use a navigation laptop at the Nav Station underway how do you keep it "put" and in place while heeled over?
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We sit ours on those non-skid mats you can buy in kitchen stores or West Marine. They're kind of rubbery like and some come in a roll so you can cut to fit.
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+1 on the non skid mats.
We have been thru some pretty rough situations and my computer never moved.
BUT... crap happens, so we also have a Velcro strap that goes around the nav table opening top. To be honest I have only used the strap once, just because... the mat has done quite well on its own.
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Velcro. Coupla big patches of industrial velcro under the laptop and on the chart table (or on a sheet of something that you have bungeed, etc. to the chart table) and it will still put no matter what. Give the adhesive 24 hours to cure before you try to stick and pull the two pieces apart, and you'll find you need to carefully pry the laptop off the table.

Or, you can run bungees, if you can set them to go above and below the parts of the keyboard that you need to reach.

If you want to be kind to your hard drive, you may want to get a sheet of foam rubber into the sandwhich, so that when the boat bounces, the laptop has a little give under it and doesn't impact the hard drive as much. And if your hard drive as any type of "protection" software, set it a bit more generously so it lifts the heads whenever there's a bump coming.

Antiskid is nice, but doesn't count as "secured" for me.
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Have a piece of elastic rope (think they call it shock cord) that is secured to the side of the nav station via a couple of plastic clips. The elastic rope slides through the clips and when I want to secure the computer I pull the elastic rope tight and tie a figure or eight knot. Holds the laptop nice and tight.

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