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Re: Navionics chart plotter / GPS app for Droid phone, plus Chesapeake Smart Buoys

All 3 trips I've done from Florida to the Bahama have been on a Lagoon 440 (3 different boats). Unfortunately since it's a fly bridge boat, the charter operators tend to keep the plotter out of harms way down in the salon. So the last two trips I used Navionics. First on my phone, then on a tablet. I found them so useful that I rarely used the boat's plotter.

Because I have a Motorola Xoom, it has a built in barometric sensor. I use the only app I know of to take advantage of the sensor "Barometer HD".

Other related apps:
Tide Chart Free.
Wave Watch
Wind Finder
Surf Guru
Predict Wind
Marine Weather by Blufin
Radar Now

Not exactly "sailing" apps, but very useful for the night crossing, an app called "dimmer" turns the screen brightness all the way down. Then another app called "screen filter" turns it down even more. Otherwise my tablet was killing my night vision. Just don't forget to kill these two or you'll have to take it to a dark room to see it in the morning.


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