This photo shows a typical layout for a midsize sailboat navigation station, in this case made of teak. The tabletop hinges up to access a compartment for charts. An overhead panel will house the various electronic gear such as GPS, depth, speed, wind direction, radios, radar screen, and below that a shelf for books, a satelite phone, engine gauges and a mic/intercom to talk to the helmsman. On the right is the electrical panel that is hinged on the left edge so that circuits can be checked easily or new wires connected. Small teak drawers are especially important for all the small items that can get lost on board a yacht like keys, batteries, pendants. Most captains know exactly what configuration they need. But if not, I draw from years of offshore sailing to aid them in getting the most from what is usually very tight space.