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Re: Nav Area. Just a waste of space????
I'm with you, dgasmd, I think a nav table is a waste of space for most boats and most sailors. Sacred cow. By most, I refer to coastal cruising sailboats, and sailors who primarily sail on the weekend, with the occasional week or more trip.
I have a Catalina 309, and would have happily traded the nav station for a tall chest of drawers. If a nav station isn't really needed for most sailors, then it's not so much a matter of what do you replace it with, as much as in a given boat, you have X amount of cubic feet available, and how do you use those cubic feet? Those "extra" cubic feet, as part of an interior design, might be better used for a larger head, galley, berth, etc.
But lemme tell ya, you go buckin' the norm, and the other kids won't want to play with you.
And I pity the manufacturer who eliminates them.
Another goofy thing on sailboats, IMO, is hatchboards. Isn't that a lot like rolling a log in front of the cave to keep out the beasties? Sailboats can't come from the factory with proper doors with screens? Fine, supply something to use in a storm, but what is up with those stupid boards?!?!?