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Phone Apps for boaters

Postby ZacUSNYR » Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:43 pm

Curious if anyone has any "must have apps" for their phone (iPhone or android)?

Also if there is an app you'd like to see, what would it be? Curious what ideas people have for apps focused around boating.
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Re: Phone Apps for boaters

Postby rlynch03 » Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:54 pm

I have a few...

Not in a particular order

- Boat US App- good local weather, tides and you can call for a tow within the App
- Garmin Helm which communicates and displays as controls the gps
- my radar
- the weather channel
- weather underground
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Re: Phone Apps for boaters

Postby Rpontual » Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:35 am

In no particular order

1) MyRadar Pro
2) Storm
3) Windfinder Pro (#1 for me)
4) BoatUS
5) ActiveCaptain (if you have Garmin equipment)
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Re: Phone Apps for boaters

Postby On Holiday » Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:51 am

I boat on inland lakes and blessed to be able to look out my back door to get the lake conditions so normal weather apps work just fine. I have an old GPS that often shows me boating on land when in fact I am in the water. I started using I boating nautical for a weekend trip I had planned exploring. Unfortunately I downloaded the app too soon so my free trial period expired before my trip. I think it costs about $20 and will probably purchase the app closer to summer. Figured this would be much less expensive route than purchasing a GPS however the phone screen is smaller than the GPS screen.
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Re: Phone Apps for boaters

Postby Seven » Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:10 am

Navionics is great as well as OpenCPN for the phone but small screens. I use as backups.
Also, not an app but I use weather.gov for weather.

Not phone related but mobile device related.
I use Navionics on my tablet and its fantastic. I used OpenCPN on my windows laptop with a gps puck last year and is amazingly accurate and quick plus the screens are bigger.
We traveled 150 miles down the Hudson through Long Island Sounds and up the CT river using the tablet. It super easy to plot the waypoints so it makes traveling a breeze by following the line and not worrying about channel markers and depths as much. I can sit at home and take my time to chart things then bring the tablet with me.
My friend converted me as well as a few other people with this approach.
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Re: Phone Apps for boaters

Postby TomKatn » Tue Feb 06, 2018 2:30 pm

For Navigation - Navionics
Have used on my phone to augment my Lowrance (built into the boat) to navigate the Ca. Delta as well as around Ketchikan Alaska. The upgraded version allows one to chart trips by supplying waypoints based on information you supply re: draft , size, etc..
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Re: Phone Apps for boaters

Postby Batchski » Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:01 pm

I've tried a bunch of stuff but tend to use these the most:

1. Buoyweather
2. Navionics (Backup for the Garmin)
3. Boating Suite - To keep track of why I have no money left
4. Boat US
5. Anchor! - I set this on my iPad on the boat when we go ashore so I get an alert if the boat moves.
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Re: Phone Apps for boaters

Postby ImRich » Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:09 am

The MyRadar app a few have mentioned is worth a look. I use it to watch fast approaching storms to see if I'll be affected.
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Re: Phone Apps for boaters

Postby kellyg » Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:18 am

Like most people here, I also use Navionics, as a back up to my Simrad.

I especially like the "Dock to Dock Autorouting" feature. I have used it many times and it appears to do a great job. Of course, it does not take into account, shift in buoy positions during the season. If used in combination with local knowledge, it can be a useful tool.

Has anyone else used this function?
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Re: Phone Apps for boaters

Postby Kikaboo » Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:55 am

kellyg wrote:Like most people here, I also use Navionics, as a back up to my Simrad.

I especially like the "Dock to Dock Autorouting" feature. I have used it many times and it appears to do a great job. Of course, it does not take into account, shift in buoy positions during the season. If used in combination with local knowledge, it can be a useful tool.

Has anyone else used this function?


Yep I used it all the time in planning but not so much while underway. I have the Garmin Vision card with my GPS so I use the auto route feature of that. However, I typically use the auto routing feature from my ipad Navionics when in the planning stages of trips I will be taking in the future. Allows me to figure it all out while sitting at home.
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Re: Phone Apps for boaters

Postby EpicWakeJump » Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:05 pm

Navionics has inland lakes?
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Re: Phone Apps for boaters

Postby Batchski » Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:19 pm

EpicWakeJump wrote:Navionics has inland lakes?

They do have inland lakes. That was a main reason I got it, so I had coverage at Lake Mead.
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Re: Phone Apps for boaters

Postby Seven » Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:20 pm

EpicWakeJump wrote:Navionics has inland lakes?


You should be able to check that. They usually offer a trial period and you can also check the online site.
https://webapp.navionics.com
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