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    Re: 7x12 inch tri-folds good for charts?
    From: Greg B
    Date: 2014 Oct 01, 16:22 -0400

     >  I personally think it's silly for a sub-30 foot boat to have a chart
    table; there just ain't enough room.
    
    I made room - it wasn't that big a sacrifice as it basically just
    resurfaces the salon table covering over
    the rounded ends with the 'lip' thats supposed to keep your plate on the
    table and the 1/4" gap in the
    fold down center that pokes holes in charts if you accidentally press
    too hard over it.
    
    I also feel that when I'm going somewhere:
      job 1 is  sailing the boat - this includes keeping a watch for the
    "big boys" (see attached :-)  )
      job 2 is navigating the boat so I don't get lost.
    eating etc; is done on a 'as can' basis - not too much of a burden for a
    2 or 3 hr leg.
    
     > But I suspect that there are "check off the list of features" buyers
    and builders that feel a uselessly tiny table bests none at all.
    
    I agree 100% and think buyers and builders are equally to blame for that
    attitude. If buyers insisted on a 'real' chart table, or
    flat chart storage builders would do it right - heck - Beneteau and
    Jeanneau ($$$$) put a wheel on both the port and starboard,
    so you can see better on a given tack.
    
    I wonder how many people would actually go anywhere if you gave them a
    boat without a gps / chart-plotter and insisted that
    they use traditional navigation ( just basic coastal DR & Pilotage,
    ...and heaven forbid you handed them a sextant) ?
    
    I love this list, but most of the time we are 'preaching to the choir' -
    or having informed discussions about navigation.
    ~Greg
    
    
    
    

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