The number of devices you carry these days is significantly less, thanks to technology. When it comes to sailing, the lesser you take on board, is better, because of the space constraints. There is a massive demand for instruments in the sailing and boating industry. The demand has prompted technological companies to develop apps, that do the job of individual devices. These apps act as standalone or connect to your dashboard on the more expensive boats.
Apps for Navigation and Charting
Apps such as Pocket Nav, Charts and Tides, Racetac, Navionics Marine and Lakes, SEAiq and Aqua Map are some of the best apps you will need for navigation on iOS. These apps do the function of your existing traditional devices and more. They are developed so that they can work in areas where there is no network as well. There is no need for you to carry around a satellite phone to access the internet when the maps on these apps can be viewed offline as well. Out of these apps, the best one that has hit the market is, iSailor. The android devices have a whole range of other apps that are not available on iOS. Apps such as Navionics, MX Mariner and Memory-map are the unique commendable ones, to choose.
All members of the boat can be involved in charting and watching for other ships, making it a unified experience. Thanks to apps such as Ship Finder, Boat Watch, and Marine Traffic. These apps are the top ones you can choose for this navigating and charting when sailing. The apps are available on both Android and Apple devices. The apps help in both avoiding a collision and aiding during times of distress when you need help.
There are many weather apps that you can choose from. However, they aren’t the same as the weather maps that you will need out at sea. The MarineCast, Marine Weather, Wind NOAA, etc. are great apps for tracking the wind and the weather. Some of the apps are not reliable like the Marine Weather Right Now app. When using a weather app specifically for sailing, it is best to download a few depending on the reviews and then testing, what works for you.
Sailing Education Apps
Safe Skipper, Sailboat App Points of Sail, SailSim, History of Sailing, Sailing Flashcards, etc. are some of the multitudes of apps available for educational purposes. These apps use an intuitive gaming experience to teach youngsters and adults the basics about sailing. The information is comprehensive and covers many relevant topics such as emergencies and safety. For children, the History of the Sailing app is an excellent place to start. For amateurs, the Flashcards app is excellent to test your knowledge on the different parts of the boat.
When people take up sailing as a new hobby, they are always on the lookout for books and magazines. There are many books, magazines, and websites that have information about the sport. There is an app that claims to provide magazines for a cost, called the Nautical Books app. The books available on the app is available for free, and there is no need for you to use the app to pay the price for it.