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Pocket Cruiser Improvised Chart Table

What are the rest of you pocket cruisers doing for a Navigation Table. I am thinking of building one, but wanted suggestions from the tribe before proceeding.
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KLM..as you can see..I don't have a pocket cruiser, but my immediate reaction to your question was- "Why would you need a nav table?"
I have a nice big nav station but I can honestly say that I have not used it for navigating EVER! Yes...I have a chart plotter, but I am religious about using paper charts and I use them in the cockpit with this Weems&Plath device and never need to roll them out on the nav station. Most of my charts are MapTech type chart books...but there are also plotting boards sold if you need a more stable surface. My finding though was that once I got rid of the parallel ruler...I didn't need a stable surface. With the above device and a chart in the cockpit I can plot a course/heading in less than 10 seconds.
Would this work for you?
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If you have a good sliding hatch over the companionway, it can often be used as a cockpit chart table. I use a piece of 1/8" plexiglass as a cover, over the sliding hatch, and place the charts under it. I can use a china marker on the plexiglass to keep notes, and mark my current position pretty easily and wipe it clean when I'm done.
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