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Old 24-07-2008, 11:41   #1
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Managing Paperwork

How do you store and manage your important paperwork while cruising?

I have a little plastic file box and one of those semi water proof zipper bags and it doesn't seem like an adequate setup. At the moment my passport is getting toted around in the backpack with my laptop... I just feel disorganized and unsafe.

How do you handle this stuff?

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Old 24-07-2008, 13:27   #2
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I am not as organized as you. I keep the Documentation paper in a see thru 8 1/2 X 11" plastic sleeve in a Notebook that has all the specs. for the boat. I keep FL registration and fishing license in a wallet in the chart table. I am adding my insurance document in the notebook. I am trying to decide if I drop my cell phone and go with only the laptop. If that happens then I will put everything except for the engine specs. in the laptop metal case.
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Old 24-07-2008, 13:46   #3
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Laminators are pretty cheap. I copied the first page of everyone's passport, the boat's documentation, and a couple pages of handy data (credit card phone numbers, insurance info, etc.), laminated those copies, and put them in the ditch bag. I also laminated some currency and a spare credit card for the ditch bag as well.

I replicated this set of items in another area on the boat in case the original papers and the ditch bag are stolen.

I keep the the originals and other documentation in the nav station desk. I try to make sure it's on top so when the Coast Guard or Customs boards and asks me to stay in the cockpit I can point them to all paperwork, along with a diagram of the location of emergency gear, in the nav desk.

If your important paperwork is in danger of getting really wet in the cabin it might be a good idea to be looking for that ditch bag.
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