To continue the thought, for the kind of sailing we do, I spend up to a couple of hours a day poring over pilot books
, nautical almanacs, charts, tide tables, tidal stream charts, weatherfax prints, etc., etc. It would be a huge space use conflict if I were trying to do that at the dining table just when my guests/crew are deprived of my company. My nav table is a step down from the main saloon
, which is just right, because I have a certain amount of isolation, but I'm still close enough to grunt politely if someone drinking at the table addresses some comment to me while I'm at work.
Like Salty, I couldn't sail without paper charts, and I don't understand how anyone does so responsibly. You cannot see
obstacles on a chart plotter over a passage
without zooming in at frequent intervals along the route
, which is impossibly awkward. But that's a somewhat different conversation well explored in other threads.