There seems to be no end to the uses of iPhones and iPads on yachts these days. There are applications from the simple like the Ship Compass to the helpful Anchor Alert. Atlantic Yacht and Ship picked a few of our favorites to share with you.
The practice of keeping a log book goes back hundreds of years to early explorers that kept logs and charts of new lands and waters. ShipsLog allows you to quickly create logs with pictures and text. It also fills in all the weather, course and speed for you using the GPS and internet. Just press the weather button in the upper left corner after you create the log. It also allows you to send the data with picture using email. There is a live map that shows logged and current location. You can take a picture or pick from your albums. You can press a button that will take you to Google maps and it will show your location. The email also has a link that goes to Google maps and shows your location. The top of the screen displays the GPS accuracy so you can wait for the best signal before starting a new log. The logs can also be named so you can easily find a trip log. All logs are dated and have the time stamped to them.
This app saves you lots of time and makes it easy to create your logs. You can use this for any type of trip log not just nautical. A fun way get the family involved and to preserve the memories of your trip.
NOAA Buoy and Tide Data App for iPhone $1.99
Whether you are a fisherman, recreational boater or looking to pull your superyacht into harbor this app provides you the needed information on tides and water levels. NOAA is the organization responsible for maintaining that kind of data through the system of buoys that they have available and it is really tapping into that network that will give you the chance to get the best information available to you given your current situation. The NOAA Buoy and Tide Data iPhone app allows you to customize this network by tide, specifying a specific name for a buoy and getting it on screen. Similarly, you can search for all of the buoys near you and pick the ones that you want through the use of the GPS functionality built into your iPhone device. No more looking up tide charts and maps all the information you need is at your fingertips.
iNavX™ – Marine Navigation App for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad $49.99
Now this app sounds expensive but for all the information you are getting it is a great deal. iNavX™ brings the freely available, official and up to date NOAA RNC raster United States waters marine charts to your fingertips. Included detailed chart coverage: West Coast, Gulf Coast, East Coast, Great Lakes, Alaska, Hawaii, and US Virgin Islands.
With iNavX™ you can use the built in location services (i.e. GPS, cell tower, Wi-Fi) to plot your position in real-time on the multi-touch scrolling and zooming and rotating (including course up) marine chart. Using the iPhone’s, iPod touch’s and iPad’s Wi-Fi connection, iNavX™ can act as a repeater for popular marine navigation software that supports NMEA data over TCP/IP such as MacENC and Coastal Explorer. This includes GPS, AIS receivers & transponders, and Instruments (Depth, Speed, Wind, Engine, Batteries, etc.) In addition to real-time chart plotting and printing, iNavX™ supports waypoints & routes including KML (Google Earth) and GPX import/export, track log, measuring bearing/distance, GRIB weather forecast, tides/currents, anchor alarm, graphic instrumentation display and port/navaid search.
The iNavX gives you the power of a color chartplotter for a fraction of the cost. Plus access to thousands of charts and maps.
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