Apps for Sailors

These apps for mobile devices (Android and IOS below) simply gives you an idea of what's available. There are many more created since this list was published.

Android Apps

  1. SailDroid (GPS free)
    Provides compass, speed (kt.), position, and distance log (n.mi.). Large characters for easy reading.
  2. Regatta Race Tracker
    Uses the service of, 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).
  3. 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)
  4. MarineCast (GPS/Internet)
    Weather data from in a mobile format. Some Canadian locations e.g. Comox BC, Powell River BC, Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Petawawa ON, Coboug ON, Sault Ste. Marie ON, Les Excoumins PQ, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue PQ, St Stephen NB, Cottlesville NL.
  5. The Practical Encyclopedia of Boating (~$20) |
    Source for specialized information for boat maintenance, navigation, boat handling, knots, boat design, nautical reference data.
  6. Boat Ramps
    Android app that displays the locations of 35,000 U.S. boating ramps. Useful only if you trailer-boat (or want to create an app for Canada).
  7. Google Earth
    Google Earth displays maps anywhere in the world, plus images of points of interest.

IOS Apps for Sailors

  1. 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.
  2. Navionics Nautical Charts
    Available for U.S. East Marine, Mediterranean, etc.
  3. iNavX Marine Navigation
    U.S. marine charts for West Coast, Gulf Coast, East Coast, Great Lakes, Alaska, Hawaii, Virgin Islands.
  4. Google Earth, Google Ocean
    Google Earth displays maps anywhere in the world. Google Ocean displays points of interest under the ocean.
  5. AyeTides
    iPhone app displays tides and currents in ports worldwide.
  6. Boating Weather
    Mobile weather reports.
  7. The Captain's Toolbox
    Navigation and seamanship resource in one easy to use application. (no connection required)
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