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Location: Mississauga, Ontario, CA
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I did use a piano hinge to attach the table to the wall but I did so only because it was cheap and easy to install. The table attaches the the pole by a handy metal pin/tab. Its a little hard to explain so I will take a picture soon basically the table rests on a protruding metal ledge affixed to the pole. The pin or tab on the table keeps the table from wiggling left or right, and gravity alone keeps the table down and sturdy with all the weight of my computer monitor and laptop.
I had this for the original table that came with the boat. If i wanted to restore the old table back, its only a few minutes of re-attaching.
I was concerned about my monitor falling off the table but it seems quite stable. I wanted to mount the monitor to the wall so I woudln't have any issues while sailing in the summer, but the mount/arm I found were only 15inches long and didnt give me the positioning I needed. I will look for a longer mount in the spring and worry about it then.
I am happy with keeping the table where it is permanently, but if I really needed to I could have attached the piano hinge on the top side of the table allowing it to fold upwards and out of the way. Then when I need it, it could fold down and rest on or in the metal pin on the pole.