Welcome to the wide and various world of Apps dedicated to coastal navigation ( that is how far 4G network is available). You only need a tablet and a smartphone, protected by a watertight cover, to enjoy many functions that, until a few years ago, would have been mere utopia without ad hoc tools. Think about weather forecast: if once VHF channel 68 was the only one, periodic source (the most “technological” ones had at most teleprinting weather receivers), today you only need a good application to display on your device what will happen around your boat in the short and in the long term. Of course, Apps do not replace traditional electronics but represent an important addition. We have selected the most interesting Apps currently available for both Apple (iOs) and Android devices.
All the information concerning berths in over 220 marinas in Europe and in the Mediterranean, with the possibility to book your berth. The App is also a sort of “TripAdvisor” of the sea with all the advice of the community.
Marine Traffic allows to display in real time the position of vessels equipped with AIS system all around the world. Every day, you can follow the course of more than 80 thousand boats and enjoy a rich photo gallery with one million photos of vessels, ports and lighthouses.
Navionics / Boating
Boating, the App by Navionics (a company newly took over by Garmin) for smartphone and tablet, is one among the most used and appreciated Apps in the sailing community. It is offered in two different versions: “free” and “ plus”: the latter offers the same detailed charts as the best GPS plotters directly on your device as well as a wide set of advanced functions.
Boatbeacon turns your device into an AIS receiver with a range of about 60 miles, in which you can see all the boats equipped with AIS.
Enjoy over 120 different knots directly on your smartphone or tablet: you can learn how to tie them, thanks to 3D pictures that can be rotated and seen in detail.
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