Smart phone apps

Andrew Curry 9:17am, 7 January 2012

I have finally got myself a smart phone,had it two days and wonder how i ever lived without it!!!!!

Does any one have any links to good boating apps.
rothwell_neil Posted 7 years ago. Edited by rothwell_neil (member) 7 years ago

Navionics charts are fantastic value at about £18, tides, routes, waypoints, SOG, COG, GRIB forecasts as well as charts
Marine traffic free excellent app shows AIS plots and vessel details, track, destination, pictures etc, up to one hour delay but good to see where they are and where they are going.
Windguru and wind finder are free
Viewranger OS mapping for walking is fantastic, buy maps of your area or whole country. Most used app i have.
Google sky free for stars on those nights at anchor
Kindle for free books, slocum etc all free
Wheres my droid free, text from other phone to turn the phone on to ring if silent so you can find it, turns on GPS and tells you where it is!
Knot guide free app to show you how to do all the knots you never knew you needed
Skype for free calls

I am so impressed with the Navionics that after a full year of use I am getting a 10" tablet and will be using that rather than investing in another plotter. Waterproof cover and bracket for cockpit.
Andrew Curry 7 years ago
Now have Marine traffic and Navionics on my phone :-)
rothwell_neil 7 years ago
Marine traffic is a great way of passing the time, incredible amount of information including pictures etc. like all apps best run off wireless but still useable on 3G.
rothwell_neil 7 years ago
Just got a 10" android pad and the naviagation software is excellent, also the AIS seems to be later version and shows where you are as well as where anything close is.
Slycat777 7 years ago
I believe there are a few anchor alarm apps too.

Would be a nice backup for peace of mind at anchor!
Skykomish E29 Posted 7 years ago. Edited by Skykomish E29 (member) 7 years ago
Here is a very useful one for Android phones
I also have the link for the Iphone too if anybody wants it
rothwell_neil 7 years ago
Got a few anchor alarms and all work pretty well, the tablet is low drain on GPS but best to leave the phone plugged into a 12v socket when it is on as drains the battery on GPS.
G4NLA1 7 years ago
Thanks for the heads up re anchor alarm - that will give me some piece of mind...

Navionics is brilliant, as is Shipfinder which I only downloaded yesterday, and was glued to it for most of the evening !!


rothwell_neil 7 years ago
The anchor alarm is excellent, I have tried a few and following comments on them.

Anchor alarm, simple easy to use and has a low power option that doesn't eat battery, accuracy and drift.
My anchor watch, has a swing view to show plot of where you have swung to, can't change drift distance and UNLESS YOU PAY £3.40 NO AUDIBLE ALARM.
Drag Queen, works well, has alarm, also tells you if GPS accuracy fails.

So basically the best and most simple to operate is the Anchor Alarm, by x-droid works well, simple, audible and free!
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