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Re: smart phone apps for sailing/boating

I've got windfinder app on my droid. Neat little app that you can set locations for wind speeds, directions, temps, and tides.

Windfinder - wind, wave & weather reports, forecasts & statistics / webcams, satellite images, isobar maps, tides
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Re: smart phone apps for sailing/boating

For a chartplotter: inavx.com Not cheap, but very well done.
For coastal forecast: wunderground.com
For friends/family to track your location online: Instamapper GPS Tracker
To text your location to someone fast and easy: I'm Right Here
AIS, but not real AIS: Ship Finder. It is not "real AIS", does not claim to be, but it's better than nothing in the fog.

One I have not tried on the water yet, but plan to is: Voxer Turns your smart phone into a walkie talkie type device (but only with other Voxer users). If they don't answer, it stores your broadcast similar to a voice message that can be played at the touch of a button and then replied to at any time in the same way.
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Re: smart phone apps for sailing/boating

For my closest weather buoy data, I have a bookmark for the noaa web page on my phone's desktop.
Same with one for the noaa marine forcast for my area and one for tides.
also, a bookmark for accuweather since noaa's forcast dosn't mention if its sunny or rainy.

As far as actual apps, i have mx mariner for raster chart gps which works great, but i never really use it in practice.

I have a compass app that i forget the name of that lets you take a bearing by aiming your phone as if you were taking a picture with the camera on it.

I just downloaded marine traffic which lets gives you AIS info with actual pics of the ships. Just in case i'm about to get run down by a supertanker, its nice to know which country it hails from.

Also, apps for sailet and that "other" forum.
Oh and seatow... just in case.
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smart phone apps for sailing/boating

Thanks for all the advice keep it coming

• I've added based on your suggestions so far;
- WindFinder
- Wind Meter
- Ship Finder
- MyRadar
- Fuel Mix
- MotionX GPS (as a FREE back up for Navionics)

And a few bookmarks such as wunderground and NOAA.

~___/)___Bristol, RI
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...I have a compass app that i forget the name of that lets you take a bearing by aiming your phone as if you were taking a picture with the camera on it...
If you can think of the name that would be cool. Sounds fun to use.

~____/)____Bristol, RI
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Re: smart phone apps for sailing/boating

The one thing I find rather unreliable on the iPhone is the compass. Ive put two iPhones right next to each other and seen different answers, sometimes by a lot.
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Re: smart phone apps for sailing/boating

I have not used Navionics...but the Motion X GPS has been used many times in WINNING the Transpac race (and setting a new world record two years in a row) by its developer, Philippe Kahn. Google Motion X and Transpac....I've sold a few iPads by showing people how I navigate with it...oh and the charts are free! Just buy the app...I think the iPad version is like 1.99. If its good enough to win a Transpac with, its good enough for me!
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Re: smart phone apps for sailing/boating

Try the Trip Lingo Pirate app, its fun.

Also Star Walk is a fun one. Not sure if that one is free, it shows the stars when you hold the phone to the sky.
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How about tapatalk for sailnet? Just saying.

Oh and I live Navioncs for Android too.

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...I have a compass app that i forget the name of that lets you take a bearing by aiming your phone as if you were taking a picture with the camera on it...
If you can think of the name that would be cool. Sounds fun to use.

~____/)____Bristol, RI

I think it may be Theodolite. Neat little app!
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