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who knew.......

I never ceased to be amazed at what you can do with these little gadgets. I use my iphone for geocaching, but hadn't even thought of using it as a nav tool for sailing.

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I use an iPad and pretty much keep the chartplotter turned off most of the times. I can't tell you hou many times I have dropped it in the cockpit and it still works. Amazing product. iNavs is the best app I found for navigation. squidd.io is great for finding marinas and anchorages near your current position. You get a close up satellite view, user ratings etc.
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I use an iPad and pretty much keep the chartplotter turned off most of the times. I can't tell you hou many times I have dropped it in the cockpit and it still works. Amazing product. iNavs is the best app I found for navigation. squidd.io is great for finding marinas and anchorages near your current position. You get a close up satellite view, user ratings etc.
I don't have one yet. Are you that much of a clutz or are they easy to drop?
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.....We use Anchor Watch as an anchor alarm. The part that I love is that it will email my smartphone if the anchor drags while we are ashore. Of course, you need 3G service for it to do so.......
Since I've plugged this app several times, I feel the need to update the reference. It worked great, but has had three upgrades since December and is a disaster now. Buggy, won't let the anchor drop or switch from portrait to landscape. Don't touch it.

The good news is, I have found a better app. BoatMonitor R. (the app store also has an L and D, but the publishers website takes you to R)

It has all my favorite features from AW. The GPS only knows where there Ipad is, but the anchor is probably 100 feet or more in front of you. This app lets you tell it where the anchor is, so you can set the correct protected swing radius. Then it allows you to set as big or small a protected zone as you like and has an audible alarm to wake you in the middle of the night.

But here are some cool improvements.

First, you can set the protected radius as any slice of the pie, as opposed to the whole circle. This would allow it to sound if wind shifts and you swing outside your initial hemisphere. You could get up to confirm that you remain set, even though you haven't started to drag.

My old app would send an email if the alarm went off, which was great when ashore. I could check my iphone and see if I had an alarm. Both the Ipad and Iphone needed 3G reception, but this was comforting. This new App takes it to a new level !!

It will send a text message, which I find much better than email. I set my phone to ring/vibrate for incoming texts, but had to think to check for emails. The service provides 15 free texts (one per alarm) and sells more for $1.50 per 50 texts. Pretty reasonable, since I've had one alarm in nearly two years and it was a false alarm. GPS signals get screwy from time to time.

Better yet, you can sign onto a website from any computer or phone with internet access and see the same graphic that is on the app on the boat. This was something I always wished the old app would do. If I find the wind is piping up, I always wanted to take a look to see if she was starting to drag, as opposed to wait for an alarm.

Being the dead of winter, I haven't been able to shake this new app down, but it looks promising and broke out the $4.99 for it !!
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Minnie...did you ever use Drag Queen? If you did how does it compare?


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Minnie...did you ever use Drag Queen? If you did how does it compare?
I'm familiar, but I haven't used it. I think the difference is significant. Unless I'm mistaken, DQ won't send you an email/text alarm while you are having dinner ashore nor show your track on a map?

The graphic persistence line is very helpful when you set the anchor as well. It draws your every move on a satellite view map. If you don't have 3G/wifi access, it just doesn't give you the background, but it works the same.

You know that feeling, after you set the hook, but everyone is clocking about 10-20 degs side to side? You can't really tell if you're dragging or just changing angles with your neighbors? On the persistence map, you can see that you are just swinging in the same arc. Its very helpful.

Its like paying 5 bucks to have someone watch your boat while you sleep or go ashore. Forever!


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Ok,,,,ill check it out. I have used drag queen the last two years when I was on the boat and anchored. It has worked fine, but not when we leave the boat. No messages etc. Thats a nice feature. I will have to leave I Pad on and leave it on the boat when I left then. correct? Does it have a droid applicability?


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You do leave the Ipad on when you leave, but it runs in the background, so it doesn't burn battery as fast. When I slept with the AC app, it burned about 10% of battery overnight. You could leave the Ipad plugged into a 12v DC if you wanted to.

The Anchor Watch app sent and email, and this newer BoatMonitor R (my new preference) sends a text, it doesnt' matter what kind of phone you carry. Even a basic phone will get a text. You can monitor their website, so as long as you can access a web page, that doesn't matter what kind of phone you have either.


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iPad 4 with Navionics, tried isailor and Navx not impressed but Navionics is easiest to use and I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer or I would not have bought all 3 apps and maps....
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And other stuff in my garage I don't need.......blue sky anchor for night sailing..... Everyone knows you dream sailing, at night, I seldom ever anchor at night..... If the solar winds are good, I sail all night, and that's when the solar winds always come up......yeh ..... Yeh... Well I'm sleepy now.......
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