Apps make just about everything easier these days. With all the information in the world conveniently delivered to us in neat little squares, it’s never been easier to stay up-to-date, be safe and have fun. Here are a few of our favorite boating apps for 2019. Download these to make sure every outing is memorable.
Keep track of your Crownline with this app that delivers live information about your boat’s location, engine data, fuel level and current speed. If you let family or friends take your boat out, this is the perfect app for you. If you rent your boat, this is a must-have. Stay updated on your boat’s condition and location so you can catch problems before they happen. Boatrax is a bit expensive, but the peace of mind is worth it for active families or renters.
Dockwa lets you find marinas and reserve slips from the comfort of your Crownline or couch. If you’re on a long voyage, simply pull out your phone and book a slip for the night. With access to thousands of marinas across the country and the Caribbean, Dockwa is quickly becoming the easiest way to rent slips and research marinas. Managing trips and travel just got a lot easier with this free app.
TieUpCo is your one-stop-shop for on-the-water fun. It allows you to easily find all the cool spots to dock, fun places to eat, and tips and tricks of the lake. It doesn’t get much more convenient than this. Explore unfamiliar places, find hidden gems or meet new friends—this app delivers the best parts of social media, travel blogs and boating in one package.
Chances are you already have this app. It is, after all, the second most popular in the world. But, if you don’t, you’re missing out. First, there’s great content from @crownlineboats. Second, you can follow plenty of fun lifestyle pages that will have you planning your next outing every time you scroll through your feed. Instagram is increasingly becoming less about food pics and influencers and branching out to more personalized content. Follow what you’re interested in and use it as a source of motivation.
Anchor is Airbnb for boats. Make some money when you’re not using your Crownline. It’s easy to rent out your own boat—or try a new one—with this app. If you’ve always wanted to feel the exhilaration that comes with driving a Crownline, rent one for a day on Anchor.
Throw anchor and let the cocktail cruise begin. Impress everyone on board with an incredible drink from Mixology. The app has loads of cocktail recipes that can easily be modified to use what you have on hand. Simply enter the ingredients and see what drinks you can whip up and wow your guests. Have a blast, but of course, do not drink and operate your boat.
When it comes to boating safety, the U.S. Coast Guard has got you covered. This app provides emergency assistance, float plans, safety tips, navigation rules, hazard alerts, and weather updates. It’s perhaps the most robust safety app available for recreational boating—and it’s free.