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I suppose you could clamp the business end of a sheet music holder onto the guard on the pedestal?
I used to put Scotch Magic Tape over the folds on heavily used maps, it preserves them for years and years, no gum bleeding, no peeling, etc. and it is cheaper than the vinyl "bookbinding" tapes that are available. BUt the camping & outdoor suppliers now sell waterproofing liquid for maps, you just paint it on and it dries to a flexible "plastic" impregnation. That should solve the cracks at the folds and rain at the same time.
If you fold a map at the same place every time, sure, it is neat. But mapmakers taught me never to do that--fold it differently from time to time, to spread the wear. The folds are stretch the paper, distorting the map a bit across them, fwiw.
If there are particular charts you use a lot, clear "contact" self-adhesive vinyl can be applied to them to laminate them. Here in the US, many charts are available printed on Tyvek or other "plastic" stock instead of paper, a bit more up front but great for working from the helm--or rail. Sometimes you can get "weatherproof outdoor paper" in the office supply stores, some of that can be used in a color copier as well. (If it doesn't say you can use it in copiers and laser printers--don't, it might melt in them.)