Inventory Management, or... "Where did I put that?"

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  • September 11, 2011 10:40 AM
    Reply # 696771 on 696671
    Thomas Koehl wrote:Jack, I love your schematic diagrams and the system seems pretty logical.  I've yet to load up for a trip but still manage to misplace items and have to spend ten minutes opening/emptying lockers and drawers to find that one thing I desperately need!  Send me a copy too!  -Tom

    Thanks, Tom

    Although my layout is standard, the reference to standard is somewhat obscure, since the layouts changed from year to year and because all had optional add-ons. Also, I've added a whole new section of cabinets above the settee where there used to be just a narrow shelf. I extended the existing cabinets below the shelf by about 9 inches and built storage above the extended shelves. The result is an area wider than the original shelf, but narrower than the optional pilot berth that provides a great deal of easily accessible extra storage. The forward two-thirds has facing with doors. The aft third is used for my printer/scanner, short-wave radio, etc. When under way, it has a removable face that becomes a laptop table on a pedestal, when at anchor. While these compartments are indicated on the template, they would obviously not exist on most boats.




    Note that I changed the naming convention from the original posting above. In most cases, storage compartments have a single alpha char (sometimes 2), followed by a number. The alpha prefixes are as follows...


    • FP = Forecastle (Port)
    • FS = Forecastle (Stbd)
    • FC = Forecastle (Cntr)
    • H = Head
    • W = Wardrobe
    • D = Dinette
    • S = Settee
    • G = Galley
    • N = Nav Station
    • B = Bilge or Basement
    • C = Cockpit


    Since most of the areas are on either the Port or Starboard side, a single alpha char was sufficient. In the Forecastle, however, the second designation of "P", "S" or "C" were used for clarification. I numbered the areas in the sequence of fore to aft, outboard to inboard, and top to bottom. There may be minor exceptions, resulting from the difficulty in making a 2-dimensional representation of what is a 3-dimensional reality.


    While it's likely that my layout is somewhat different from your's (or anyone else's), I'd be happy to make a custom representation for your boat when we get together in Florida. In the mean time, if you have only looked at the images in this post, be sure you look at the demo. Although it isn't set up such that you can actually change the values, it should sufficiently illustrate the intent. When I have a bit more time, I might try to turn this into an executable application that does not require a user to install MySQL and PHP within a localhost web server. This would allow anybody to use it and customize for their boat. Typically, adding this kind of customization requires somewhere in the neighborhood of 10x the programming. In programming, the simpler something looks, the more time it likely took to develop.


    W3 Inventory Manager Demo


    Jack


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  • January 25, 2013 7:05 PM
    Reply # 1189749 on 692534
    Hey Jack,
    Very nice work. I know it must have taken some time to develop this. If you're still following this post I'd love to see what your storage project looks like now. I have a Kendall 32. The only difference is my galley and chart table are on opposite sides. Hope all is well.
    Mike
  • January 26, 2013 1:44 AM
    Reply # 1189917 on 692534
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    Jack: Nice work! Aboard Infini, we (too) frequently refer to things as LOB'd - Lost On Board. Over the years, our single-spaced 12 page inventory has been so modified, and "stuff" moved around, that the discipline to keep it current is a challenge. An easy to use inventory system that can be updated in a user friendly way is a welcome addition. Please get busy for the 43 app :)  Regards, Mike
  • January 26, 2013 5:49 AM
    Reply # 1189970 on 692534
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    One (an app) for the 42 would also be handy too:) 
  • January 26, 2013 4:54 PM
    Reply # 1190280 on 1189917
    Michael Beilan wrote:Jack: Nice work! Aboard Infini, we (too) frequently refer to things as LOB'd - Lost On Board. Over the years, our single-spaced 12 page inventory has been so modified, and "stuff" moved around, that the discipline to keep it current is a challenge. An easy to use inventory system that can be updated in a user friendly way is a welcome addition. Please get busy for the 43 app :)  Regards, Mike


    When I first bought my boat I intended to do the same thing.. So. Much. Stuff.

    With the same results.  It was so tedious and/or "I'll just update it later" that it eventually became for the most part meaningless.

    After the years of living on board I have developed my own system of knowing where everything is. Pretty soon things just started 'categorizing' themselves and ending up in the same place all the time... electrical here, hand tools there, documents here, bedclothes in that drawer, t-shirts an shorts in the other, extra lines/sheets are always in the lazarette, etc.

    I may not know *exactly* what is there, but I know 'all things electrical' will pretty much always be in one common location. Then I developed my 'First Rule of Finding Stuff'... putting things back where you got them. EVERY TIME. No exceptions.

    Doesn't mean I still don't fall victim to LOB occasionally.  I've been looking for one item I KNOW is onboard for so long I don't even remember what it is now.
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