by Pete Green
Our yacht delivery skippers are often asked for their professional sailing advice. In this technological age we now live in, one of the main questions we are asked is about the phone apps that we recommend.
Here is a list of 16 essential sailing apps compiled by one of our senior yacht delivery skippers. If you use a sailing or yachting app that we haven’t mentioned then please let us know in the comments section below.
What are the best sailing apps in 2020
The go to chart system for portability and quality. It is clear and easy to use charting with good integration with boat technologies and other apps. It’s affordable and particularly good on a Cellular tablet. Don’t forget to download the latest weather and tide overlays, as well as explore the other features within the app before you lose connectivity for a sensible medium term forecast overlay.
A superb weather app with various models showing wind, waves and so much more.
3) Boat Beacon
The paid for version gives you real time AIS and the ability to enter and transmit your vessel details too! You need to have a phone signal for it to work, but isn’t that where you need AIS the most? This App is a game changer!
4) Ray Remote/Ray Control/Ray View
These apps give you access to boats with later generation Raymarine installations and you can use your phone or tablet as a repeater/controller accordingly.
5) Predict Wind
The paid for version is great for accurate weather routing and departure planning.
6) Digital Yacht iAIS
For boats that have a Bluetooth Digital Yacht AIS transmitter/receiver you can add an AIS overlay to your phone or tablets plotter.
A fantastic resource with good and up to date information on anchorages, marinas and ports – Almost a virtual almanac!
8) B&G Link/Link Pro
Similar to Ray marines App, these B&G apps allow you to use your tablet or phone as a repeater or to access the system setup information to resolve issues for boats installed with later versions of B&G instruments and plotters.
9) Tides Planner
Although Navionics is useful, this is a dedicated app for getting you in (hopefully without too much bumping on the bed!).
10) Marine Traffic
The go to global ship tracking site (note the free version does not always give you the latest or satellite info).
Keep a happy ship with some quality sounds. Subscribe and download to your device. Take a 12v FM Bluetooth transmitter along too, and you can convert even older boat stereos into the latest audio platforms with libraries to keep everyone entertained!
Go to platform to communicate with head office, clients and crew, minimising otherwise expensive calls.
13) Anchor Pro
Anchor watch to help you get that well-earned rest.
14) Garmin Active Captain
Integration with boats that have Garmin systems installed.
15) Celestial Navimatics
If you’re not packing a sextant, but still need to practice your celestial Nav, this is the go to App. It’s a paid for but gives you all the tools to do the job.
A bit old school now, but still a fantastic way of keeping your costs down for international calling.
Both android and apple versions of these sailing apps are available. You can follow the links above and download or search the apps name into Google Play or the App Store.
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