5 Essential boating apps

Jessica Watson
Posted June 29 2016

With smartphones now in the pocket of just about every spray jacket, boaties are taking advantage of the many marine apps that have been created to make life easier on the water. Here are five of the best – if you haven’t got any of these on your phone, you’d better head to the app store.

Navionics

This one’s obvious, and we doubt there are many boaties that don’t have this one on their phones. Navionics provides electronic charts in a user-friendly app that allows a quick check of the chart without having to leave the rail or your more comfortable seat. While it’s still important to have paper and other electronic charts, the Navionics app is well worth its price tag and serves as a good backup to your primary navigation systems.

Available: Apple and Android

Pricing: $26.99 for the Aus&NZ version

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BoatBook Sailing Log

Like paper charts, detailed paper logs still have an important role to play, particularly on more serious voyages. But for those afternoons on the water when a paper logbook is unlikely to be opened, Sailing Log is a great option to track and record your sail. As the name suggests, this app’s better suited to the sailors.

Available: Apple and Android

Pricing: Free

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Predict Wind

Predict Wind has been providing quality weather forecasting and routing for some time, a service popular with racing sailors who appreciate the detailed information on everything from wind observations to ocean currents and temperatures. The Predict Winds app now give boaties a great way to access to that information on the go.

Available: Apple and Android

Pricing: A number of options ranging from free to a professional subscription at $499 per year.

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DragQueen Anchor Alarm

This is one of a few apps that have sprung up to help boaties at anchor get a better night’s sleep. Using your phone’s GPS, this app sounds an alarm should you drift further than expected. It’s worth having a browse around your app store for a few different options that include maps, but this is a great simple option to get you started and hopefully sleeping better!

Available: Apple and Android

Pricing: Free

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Marine Traffic

As most boaties would be aware, Marine Traffic shows the live positions of hundreds of millions of boats and ships around the world using AIS data. For those who love following shipping across oceans and friends up the coast, this is a must-have app.

Available: Apple (including iPod), Android and Windows Phone

Pricing: $4.99 for Apple, $5.99 for Android and $3.49 for Windows

Download Here

Have you used any of these apps? How did you find them? Comment below and let us know about the fantastic boating app that you’re using.

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Tony Plunkett
Posted September 22 2016
i use Avionics ... wouldn't be without it ... Look at WindyTY too
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Jessica Watson
Posted October 7 2016
Great suggestions Tony, thanks!
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