Chart Table

A major project was the table. The original table was the lousiest piece of the whole boat! Made of hardboard particles prone to take in water, very heavy, warped, falling constantly out of the fixations, often with all the food on top! It was a complete disaster. I strongly believe that a table which can be used as a navigation table for reading charts is a must even on a such small a sailboat as mine and should be as big as possible. So I dumped the old table and made a totally new one.

The table I made had the following features:

  • It was made of marine plywood, so there was absolutely no risk for water damage.
  • It was permanently screwed to the side by means of two angles and had one stainless foot on the outside, also screwed to the floor. It is very stable. I do not understand all this hype about folding tables, we had enough problem with the folding keel, why complicate one's life with folding tables? Here, versatility is defintively in the wrong place.
    Attachment details of the table.
  • It is slightly inclined towards the outside (so objects would not roll off). This may seem weird, if you are on a lake, but on sea, even with small waves you quickly begin to appreciate the inclination. This also provides some more knee space, especially considering that:
  • Underneath, it has a 60 x 50 cm x 6 cm. section for storing maps. The shelf on which the maps rest has large holes below so that the maps can be "walked out" out through these holes. About 10 maps folded twice can be stored there.
    The shelf with the maps and the book shelf.
  • On the left side, it has a niche for a small “library” (a shelf space of 20 cm.) enough for boat documents, a couple of books and manuals and even the large derroteros (A4 folders).
  • There is a border all around the table, so that items would not fall off. In front of the settees the border is slightly smaller, so as not to be too hard on the arms, and on the other sides is higher, 2 cm. (Proved to be very useful when a notebook did not fall off with a 40 degree list from a wave.)
    The border for preventing objects to fall off the table.
  • Near the left side a board with large perforations is attached for storing small items (flash lights, knives) and plastic cups where even smaller items can be stored. The white clock is glued by the way...
    Small items storage area.

The table proved to be invaluable!