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Do you look at that mostly unused space and think that it's a tradition based on times of old ( pencil and paper)? Or do you adheer tightly to the tried and true reasoning that you need a place to chart, plot, communicate, store charts, etc. :chainsaw

If you did away with the nav station would you replace or change it into:

Breakfast nook?

A game station for the teens,

An entertainment station?

Make it a real nav station with charts, plotting tools, etc?

A wine and cheese bar with fridge underneath, hanging glass rack above, wine rack on the side, (I like this one!)

A beer miester type of station (sure to be a hit at the anchorages)

Explain why you need the nav station even though you have a $$$$ plotter right at the helm? we know you have to have charts for the CG if they board your boat.

Explain to the spouse, that you can't really use the nav station because it's now part of his or her Galley or living quarters so you really need that $$$$ plotter at the helm?

Assure the OP that she's really lost her mind!

ps; if you haven't guessed, this is not deeply serious thread! :rolleyes:
 

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Every single liveaboard I know keeps the laptop there (myself included). So I don't hate my nav station. I'm sitting at it right now, goofing off when I should be working.

I do, however, hate the broken down foam cushion that makes its seat.
 

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My old Nav Station was the bridge deck. My new one can be the galley table or the top of the icebox. My instruments are an old depthsounder and a handheld gps.
 

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No.
 

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Nope...like ours a lot, although I am usually finding my self confused when I sit there...trying to figure out where the fock we are.:D



An older pic of the nav station, many updates since. A nice feature, the nav seat will lay flat and convert to a nice double bunk.
 

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I don't know how you other guy's handle your navigation chores but this is the way I do it. The nav station in my Bendy toy faces aft and that bothers me.

When we are out cruising as a family we usually anchor out. I am a early riser so I get up and put a pot of coffee on. I pour myself a cup and move out to the cockpit with my chart kits and nav tools. Over coffee I plan the days run. Waypoints, compass courses to the next waypoint. Approximate Mileage and time in route between waypoints. I Transfer this information to a plain sheet of writing paper that I put in a plastic sleeve. That I keep at the helm next to the Garmin. By my 3rd cup of coffee the family is string and I am putting away my nav stuff.
 

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Mine is a holds all the portable stuff (sat radio, handheld vhf and charger, car keys, dvd case while dvd is in the tv and have the subwoofer for the tv under it)

Not sure where I would put those w/o it. I like it
 

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Ours is more or less "my" space - fill out the log, do a crossword, kick back in the morning with my coffee as does bubb2 above....

In the 'chart table' we store many items that are commonly and quickly required - easy and convenient access. It also has considerable storage under the seat, in hull cubbies and in a cabinet..

On your Oday that would be a might tight breakfast nook!

So no, don't hate it and not sure what I'd put in that space anyway
 

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Love our Nav station. Find myself doing serious plotting there or even just reading. Faces forward...well designed. Large opening lift top table with great storage for many knick knack which would go flying about without it. Has 4 drawers in its side.
 

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Is this a question or a command? Do hate your nav station or do you hate your nav station make up your mind =)

ps; if you haven't guessed, this is not deeply serious thread!

Right we haven't figured it out with the chainsaw smiley :D


 

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One thing I find interesting is the preponderance of folks who stated they prefer a forward-facing nav. Our nav faces aft. To me this seems cool in that the navigator sitting at the nav station has eye contact with, and can talk directly to, the helmsman in the cockpit. What do you see as the advantage of a forward-facing nav? When I've been on boats that had them, the navigator had to leave his station, come topside to talk to the helm, then go back below. I found that somewhat awkward.
 

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My nav station I imagine to be state of the art in 1932 when the Skipjack was built . It's a nook next to the galley with an overhead storage cabinet , A small table , & 4 drawers below that . No seat . The top drawer when you open it reveals your current chart on rollers under glass & backlit . The backlight comes on when you open the drawer & you can pan back & forth on the chart using 2 cranks on the outside face of the drawer . I use the cabinet for storage , the table for loose stuff , the nav drawer as a conversation piece , & the lower 3 drawers for tools & spare parts . Do I love it ??? Hmmmmmmm......it's ok . I would probably use a space I could sit down at more , but I've adapted to it .
 

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One thing I find interesting is the preponderance of folks who stated they prefer a forward-facing nav. Our nav faces aft. To me this seems cool in that the navigator sitting at the nav station has eye contact with, and can talk directly to, the helmsman in the cockpit. What do you see as the advantage of a forward-facing nav? When I've been on boats that had them, the navigator had to leave his station, come topside to talk to the helm, then go back below. I found that somewhat awkward.
Definitely see your point about navigator communicating with the cockpit.. but OTOH while relaxing below with friends (a lot of them) anyone having to use the nav seat will have their backs to the group... anyhow - it's all compromise, right?
 

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I don't know what it is about me, but I need to be facing the pointy end of the boat when I working with charts. My mind just does not work well if I facing the stern and trying to think about where I want the bow to go.

When I go down to the City (NYC) and get on a subway, I lose all sense of direction.
 

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navagating? what's that?
I click on where I want to go on the plotter and hit 'GoTo'.:D

Plotter is at the helm so we don't do much naving at the desk. but the desk is always used as a desk/office. laptop is there for any number of things, including surfing sailnet. large charts get laid out on the salon table.
only change I need to make is a chair with a back, the stool on an arm sucks for my bad back.
I spend a lot of time at the nav station
 

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is that seat on a swing arm?
No its on a custom stainless steel base that slides back and forth and rotates.
The actual chair is looking a bit tired and I want to replace it with Recaro or similar car seat ( Has anyone an opinion if leather is an option, its a very dry boat, or if mould etc makes this totally impractical.)
Cheers John
 

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For us the nav station is at the helm. All access to electronic nav devices are at our helm. If I decide to do some paper and pencil work with a handheld calulator, then that can be any flat surface. There's no way I'm going to specialize space on my boat for such a generic need! 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
 

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Our nav station faces starboard, and is right next to the cockpit area. It's not really large enough to lay out a full chart, so I would use the dining table for that if I needed to. Its a good area to corral the nav tools, VHF, circuit panel, binoculars, horn, laptop, etc., but not roomy enough for charting...but the one noelex has looks functional.
 
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