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I've got Navionics and several weather/radar apps. There's also a decent compass app and another that gives speed, position, and angle of heel (can't remember the name of the app!).

I like the idea behind the many wind speed apps ("Wind Meter", etc.) but I've found that most aren't all that accurate. They use the iPhone's microphone and an algorithm to estimate the speed.

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These are the ones I've got in my iPhone. Some are great, some aren't that great :-)

Navionics Europe
Boaters Pocket Reference
IMRAY Charts & Symbols
IMRAY Rules & Signals
Star Walk
Mr Sun (solar position utility)
Magnetic Declination
Declination
What Knot to do
Sailing Knots
Aye Tides
Ship Finder (AIS)
Sailing & Boating
Yachting Monthly
Harry's Sailor (GPS suite)
Maritime Calculatorn (conversiones - weather, depth conversion, speed units, distance units, mercator y great circle, navigation, astronomy...)
Right Boat
RYA Books

METEO
Pocket Grib
Living Earth
Weather 4D
Accu Weather
Yachting Weather
Passage Weather
Wind Guru
Wind Finder
Wind Meter

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InavX for navigation

Tides for tides and currents

Wunderground for forecasts, radar, and current conditions from both buoys and weather stations.

I want to be clear when I say that I don't think it's safe replacement for a good chartplotter.

I'm not going to bash any particular software, but, I will say that I have tried a few chartplotter applications side by side with a simple Garmin GPSMAP and found that ALL the apps have small issues.
Some lost signal, some put you in the wrong place then quickly correct themselves, etc. I do not trust them as much as I trust a "real" GPS.

Now, there are those that will say that this should not happen and throw all kinds of technical jargon out to explain why. There are those that will say that the smartphone GPS is not the same as a "real" GPS and toss around just as much jargon. I can't argue with either. I'm just throwing out my own opinion based on very unscientific tests under very real conditions.
Again, I love the navigation apps, but, I can't trust them (yet) from what I've seen.
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In addition to the most popular ones that have already been mentioned (Navionics, Tides, Buoys,etc), I have one called Peakfinder, which is fun to have here in the PNW where there are always mountains in the distance that need identifying. I also have one called Nav Lights which gives all the lighting configurations. And as someone else mentioned, Grog's Knots.

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I enjoy using ShipFinder here on the Great Lakes. It's sort of a poor man's AIS for watching commercial and rec traffic. You can't transmit, but it does receive and displays all the normal AIS info (heading, distance, speed, destination, etc.).

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Re: Best iPhone and iPad apps for sailing

Here's a simple and useful navigation app, [commercial link removed]

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Re: Best iPhone and iPad apps for sailing

I recently reviewed a couple of anchor alarm apps on my website: Don't be a Drag - Anchoring App Reviews

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I recently reviewed a couple of anchor alarm apps on my website: Don't be a Drag - Anchoring App Reviews
You need to review Anchor Watch. The biggest advantage is you don't have to be at the bow, with an IPad, while you are busy dropping the hook. After you've settled down, you simply tell it how far in front of you it is by a tap on the screen. With a 3G signal, it will download a satellite view of where you are as well and show your location. If you dont have 3G service, it will still work the same without the satellite view. It then plots your location every min or so and draws a persistence trail, so you can visually see if you are dragging or just swinging around the anchor. You can also set the alarm range as wide or tight as you want it.


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wind guru for i phone
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There's also a decent compass app and another that gives speed, position, and angle of heel (can't remember the name of the app!).
It's called Spyglass, with a junior version called Command Compass. Great app on iPhone. Want to get the Android version for my tablet.

Ship Finder Free is a cool AIS app I have on iPhone.

Polar Navy is a great app on a netbook, or laptop. Tried it on iPhone and it was horrible at first, but I just loaded it up again, and it must have come to its senses and looks great. Probably will get it onto the tablet one of these days.

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