Apps for Sailors

These apps for mobile devices simply gives you an idea of what's available, as more are added every day. You will already have a store app on your mobile device to search for these apps.

Google Play Apple Store

  1. Boating Safety App
    Checklists, weather, required safety equipment, nav lights, buoys & beacons, float plan, boating tips from Discover Boating Canada
  2. C-Tow
    Call for 24hr service (free for C-Tow members), GPS locator, check & report weather, tide predictions, get speed & heading (GPS)
  3. SailDroid (GPS free)
    Provides compass, speed, position, and distance log.
  4. 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).
  5. 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)
  6. The Weather Network
    Weather current, hourly and 5-day forecasts, satellite, radar, trends
  7. Boat Ramps
    Android app that displays the locations of 35,000 U.S. boating ramps.
  8. Google Earth, Google Ocean
    Google Earth displays maps anywhere in the world. Google Ocean displays points of interest under the ocean.
  9. 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.
  10. Navionics Nautical Charts
    Available for U.S. East Marine, Mediterranean, etc.
  11. iNavX Marine Navigation
    U.S. marine charts for West Coast, Gulf Coast, East Coast, Great Lakes, Alaska, Hawaii, Virgin Islands.
  12. AyeTides
    iPhone app displays tides and currents in ports worldwide.
  13. Boating Weather
    Apple live weather reports
  14. The Captain's Toolbox
    Navigation and seamanship resource in one easy to use application. (no connection required)
  15. The Practical Encyclopedia of Boating (~$20)
    500 topics on boat maintenance, navigation, boat handling, knots, boat design, nautical reference data.
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