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01-28-2014 08:03 PM
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Re: What are your favorite iPhone/iPad sailing apps?

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01-20-2014 12:27 PM
Re: What are your favorite iPhone/iPad sailing apps?

Not sure this has been mentioned:FLIR ONE™ personal thermal imager by FLIR® - See the Heat
Great uses for nighttime nav or mob.
01-04-2014 09:21 PM
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oh and iSailor.I haven't used it, but i hear its pretty good.
01-04-2014 09:10 PM
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10-02-2013 02:58 PM
Re: What are your favorite iPhone/iPad sailing apps?

Last weekend I used InavX in combination with AyeTides for a cruise up the california coast. I'm fairly new to the app and to sailing but the app worked beautifully. Mounted it on the Pedestal guard with a RAM Mount and the RAM waterproof case.

Only problem was how to keep it charged. I got a Solar charger from REI and it seems to work but I havent figured out a way to keep it mounted while doing so. Also I dont like the stainless (Maybe Aluminum?) Ring in direct contact with the S/S pedestal guard but for now this system works.

07-11-2013 08:07 PM
Re: What are your favorite iPhone/iPad sailing apps?

I've been working on a simple MAFOR translator iPhone app, mostly just because I want it for myself. Would anyone be interested in giving it a shot? It should be ready for testing pretty soon and with my current forecast for this weekend (calm, calm, and calm) I don't think I'll get getting in much good testing myself.
07-11-2013 12:13 PM
Re: What are your favorite iPhone/iPad sailing apps?

I recently got an iPad mini with data capability for the GPS chip. Of course I bought it s a toy, but the justification was to use it as a nav tool. We had used my wife's iPad 2 for the same purpose and it was great.

The Mini is somehow is much more difficult to read in the direct light than was the iPad 2. I don't really know why that would be. For two years we have used iSailor and really liked it, but it is difficult to see on the mini. Yesterday a Nushield Dayvue screen protector arrived in the mail, and seems to have alleviated some of the reflected light problem. Apparently it is like anti-reflective eyeglass coatings. Thankfully it doesn't have that granular kind of look that most anti-glare screen protectors have. We'll see how it works out on our long cruise that starts next week.

While waiting on the screen protector to arrive, I had been contemplating purchasing Navionics for a couple of reasons. The very high contrast charts might be easier to see on the Mini, and I found that at least one location (The Oak Orchard River in Kent, NY) Navionics had WAY more chart detail than did iSailor. I am surprised by this, as both of the apps' charts are based on the same NOAA and Cdn Hydrographic Services data.

Has anyone used both Navionics and iSailor? Comments? Navionics seems like a very good value when you consider the amount of regions you get for the money. iSailor sells you regions a la carte, so the upfront cost for the regions I need are less. I had Navionics on my android phone and found it kind of ugly compared to iSailor, but usability has to trump style. I am still thinking of buying the Navionics, but don't want to simply toss money away ('cuz like I have a sailboat and would NEVER do that).
07-11-2013 11:39 AM
Re: What are your favorite iPhone/iPad sailing apps?

The two apps that do not require internet that we use are Navionics for navigation and for checking tides and HF Fax, for uploading a weather fax from our HAM radio (you just plug it in to the radio and it interprets all of high pitched sounds).

When we have internet I like to download a gribsheet using PocketGrib and also download the weather files from to read in the PDF app. I also like NOAA Radar Pro for looking at weather and tracking hurricanes. When we had 3g out on the sea mAIS and MarineTraffic were nice for seeing traffic and also reporting our position. BuoyData was nice when we had 3g to see real time weather info.

Another thing I like to put on my pad is all of the frequencies and times for HAM nets for cruisers, that way I don't have to remember them.

Two apps I have that I've never really used are Marine Weather and BoatingCalcs, so I can't say if they're good or not. Would be curious if others have experience with them.

Since we started using the Delorme InReach (satellite tracker) we have another app that shows us our position and speed (called Earthmate). It also has an interface where we can essentially send and receive text messages.

I'm walking away from this thread with some other good suggestions! Excited to go put some NOAA charts on my iPad.
05-24-2013 03:42 PM
Re: What are your favorite iPhone/iPad sailing apps?

I recently bought an ipad, but just did not activate the #g verizon plan. The GPS chip will work without the cell activation.
05-24-2013 12:43 PM
Re: What are your favorite iPhone/iPad sailing apps?

Currently using Raymarine Remote (way cool), Tides and currents (Not Bad), Navionics on both iPhone and iPad. (just added the Advanced Marine Options (me likey).... some the features Easy View, Shallow Area, Depth Shading, Depth Contours and Seabed Area. Can't wait to try them out.....
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