Checklists, weather, required safety equipment, nav lights, buoys & beacons, float plan, boating tips from Discover Boating Canada
SailDroid (GPS free)
Call for 24hr service (free for C-Tow members
), GPS locator, check & report weather, tide predictions, get speed & heading (GPS)
Provides compass, speed, position, and distance log.
Regatta Race Tracker
Uses the service of InstaMapper.com, a device "locator", to follow several sailboats in a regatta live. Each boat has a cell phone that sends GPS locations using the app “GPS Tracker” (Android, iPhone and Blackberry).
BC Racer (GPS)
Beer Can Racer provides navigation data for racing, including a tack indicator, location marker, sailing angle, bearing to target, distance to target, and speed. (Android Market only)
The Weather Network
Weather current, hourly and 5-day forecasts, satellite, radar, trends
Android app that displays the locations of 35,000 U.S. boating ramps.
Google Earth, Google Ocean
Google Earth displays maps anywhere in the world. Google Ocean displays points of interest under the ocean.
Maps and Charts
Maps and Charts are perhaps the most essential (and one of the most amazing) uses of the iPhone for yachting especially if you're bareboating. These programs pack amazing features into the iPhone.
Navionics Nautical Charts
Available for U.S. East Marine, Mediterranean, etc.
iNavX Marine Navigation
U.S. marine charts for West Coast, Gulf Coast, East Coast, Great Lakes, Alaska, Hawaii, Virgin Islands.
iPhone app displays tides and currents in ports worldwide.
Apple live weather reports
The Captain's Toolbox
Navigation and seamanship resource in one easy to use application.
(no connection required)
The Practical Encyclopedia of Boating (~$20)
500 topics on boat maintenance, navigation, boat handling, knots, boat design, nautical reference data.
"Buy a Boat with Confidence" by Doug Dawson"
Doug wrote this book to help you buy the right boat, and also save money
and avoid problems - buy like a pro! He reveals all the costs
, shows you how to do your research, inspect
boats, and when to hire a surveyor
- and finally, how to complete the deal! DETAILS & ORDER
Doug is a life-long boater, writer for "Power Boating Canada Magazine" and "Canadian Yacthing", past president of the Ontario Marina Operator's Association (OMOA).
The things I don't know about boating could fill a book. "First
Mate 101" has all the confidence-building detail you need to start
boating like a pro - download it online for your crew! More about the book...