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    Joined ship recently and it's chart organisation is a mess.

    More charts than space in drawers, and the drawers themselves are too small really, so they're all getting ripped and battered and creased.

    So far I've taken them all out, tried to make nester piles and carefully put them back in, but it's not working out, especially with the others...


    ??????Anyone got any tips for keeping it resembling something organised, and preventing them all getting absolutely destroyed immediately?

  • #2
    Have you tried folding them at all?
    Perhaps move any unused charts to a store somewhere else onboard
    2/O Tankers

    Watch out for big green boxes...

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    • #3
      They've already got the usual half fold, but not quartered? That would solve the width and length issue, but make the depth problem bigger!


      ??????Shall see about moving some. Apparently going paperless in June (don't know why it isn't already), so might see about starting to separate some out!

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      • #4
        When we carried a worldwide Folio on the tankers, if we were tramping, the company insisted we carried 1250 charts! There were some we were never going to use and so the best thing to do is create a number of "ghost folios". We would put a sheet of A4 with the chart number on in big marker pen in the place where the chart was supposed to be and with the number of the ghost folio on. If we ever needed it we returned it to the folio, or if it needed corrections. Under the bunk in the Pilot's cabin sat a big stack of folios of unused charts, but they were safe, and technically still on the bridge!

        Alternatively you can just rebuild the folio's and put unused charts from infrequently visited areas in new folios and put them somewhere safe. The only time they come out is for corrections.

        Hope this helps?

        Ian.
        "Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk." - Sir Francis Chichester.
        "Waves are not measured in feet or inches, they are measured in increments of fear." - Buzzy Trent

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        • #5
          Think we have around 500, so not quite as bad! That sounds like an excellent idea, might see if I can make that change!


          Thanks!

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          • #6
            Maybe a stupid question, but do you not have folio covers? White canvas with ties to protect the folios in the drawers? If not use some old charts which have the fold out sections so they are bigger than the folio and ‘wrap’ the folios, that way your in use charts don’t get so damaged.


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            • #7
              Originally posted by Silvertop View Post
              Maybe a stupid question, but do you not have folio covers? White canvas with ties to protect the folios in the drawers? ............
              Errr....... not a stupid question. I just assumed everyone had folios with canvas folio covers, but only because I never sailed without them..... Surely everyone has them? Or am I just assuming?

              Carrying hundreds of charts not sorted into folios must be a disaster waiting to happen....

              *shudders*

              Ian.

              "Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk." - Sir Francis Chichester.
              "Waves are not measured in feet or inches, they are measured in increments of fear." - Buzzy Trent

              "Careers at Sea" Ambassador - Experience of General Cargo, Combo ships, Tanker, Product Carrier, Gas Carrier, Ro-Ro, Reefer Container, Anchor Handlers.

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              • #8
                Not as common nowadays unfortunately. You can buy them from most chart outfitters or make them from canvas.

                Also make up 'local folios' with just the ones you need, helps with keeping track of what is updated.

                Also no problem with rolling them up for deep storage!
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                • #9
                  Only been on one ship with canvas folio covers!

                  Every other ship has just had them sorted numerically in drawers, 1-1499, 1500-3000 etc. It's a right pain, especially as the charts that insist on having corrections or T notices seem to be right at the bottom of the draw, every time!!


                  ??????It very much is Ian!

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