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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Rethinking Nav Stations

I know I said in an earlier post that I did not think having a dedicated nav station is important. My feeling is that a nav station is to provide a dedicated space to do all your paper chart navigation stuff and not have it be in the way of other functions and duties while at sea. With that I do not disagree. But, in these days, the use of paper charts and need for "manual" navigation has become less (for better or worse). The reality is we will be using more electronic means of navigation, not necessarily requiring this space to be available full time. Previously, we designed the main salon dinette to act as the nav station while underway. With access to table space and electronics. But, I was wondering of there was still room for a "dedicated" nav station, and this is what I came up with. The forward salon port side settee is somewhat limited in use as designed now. So I took one "leg" of the settee and raised it up as a table. The other leg of the settee, still present, acts as the seat for the nav station. Yes, it would be facing aft, and positioned a bit forward, which could be a bit uncomfortable while underway. This is just an exercise in "what if". I am not convinced we will do this, but, it is "doable".
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