Developers have made apps for just about everything, and boating is no exception. From navigation to knots, the following smartphone apps are great tools for boat lovers.
1. U.S. Coast Guard Mobile App
This app is a fantastic encyclopedia for all things boating in your state. Look up laws, available services, safety information, float plans, and even report hazards. The app also comes with an emergency-assistance feature that calls the closest Coast Guard command center or connects you with emergency services.
2. IN avX
This customizable app provides an unparalleled amount of navigational detail including live weather patterns, raster charts, a speedometer and navigation bar. It also allows you to set a course and follow your progress for trips of any length.
On this weather app you can get up-to-the-minute weather updates, daily briefings and forecast maps. The app’s best feature is its real-time wind observations from weather stations around the country.
If you want to know about water conditions in virtually any part of the world, this app for you. It connects to a global network of buoy points to establish accurate, long-range marine forecasts. Get weather information and wind data in addition to tide levels, sea states, swell periods, surface pressure charts, and links to weather stations all over the world.
Cost: Free for up to 2 days / $14.95 monthly / $79.95 yearly
5. Animated Knots by Grog
What to know how to tie any knot? Download this app. It’s interactive videos are great for learning or teaching your kids.
A social app for fishers, FishingScout is for sharing pictures of your catch and describing the details and conditions of your last outing. Learn about new locations and talk to others about their adventures.
View marinas close to your location, select one and request a slip based on your boat’s size and arrival and departure times. Lakes, rivers, Atlantic or Pacific, this app gives you a quick and easy way to reserve a spot anywhere in the country.
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