We all use apps on our smartphones for various boating and navigational purposes. But with hundreds of apps to choose from, how does one select the right ones without wasting too much time and money? For this, you can trust your fellow PYC members!
The following apps have been recommended by other PYC members. PYC members, if you use an app that is not listed, use this submission form to send information about it and a short statement on why you like it, and I'll add it to the list.
Apps for Android
Official Google Play site
US Tides - Free
- Seven days tides tables and charts for more than 3000 US locations as provided by NOAA. Sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset times and moon phase.
Sailsafe - Free
- Anchoring monitor
Nautical Flags - Free
- A-Z list of nautical flags with their ICS meanings.
American Sailing Association - Free
- Four major functional tabs: Position, Log Book, Reference and Online resources.
- "Good resource for buoys, lights, knots and flags." - Xavier
Yachts & Yachting.com - Free
- Sailing news.
- "Great for the news junkies!" - Xavier
Yacht Timer - trial
- Race starting sequence.
- "Free version without the sound. Paid version can speak the time." - Xavier
WeatherBug - $2.99
- Access the world’s largest network of real-time weather sensors for forecasts.
- Access Any NOAA Buoy data.
- "Neat way to monitor the Columbia River Bar." - Xavier
Apps for Apple
iPhone - Weather
Intellicast - FREE
- Very strong app for general weather information, can break out predictive wind, rain, temp and predictive forecast by hour. Good 10 day forecast also. - Marc Peterson
Intellicast Boating for iPhone - $4.99
- Covers everything above, but also bouys, wave height, tides, water temps, and marine forecasts. This is a great toolbox. - Marc Peterson
Sailflow - Free
- Great maps with weather stations and wind/weather data indicated. In depth analysis and graphs, including predictions. Nice alarm feature alerts when it's time to go sailing. - Marc Peterson
Wind Alert - Free
- Much like SailFlow
Tide Graph - $1.99
- Tide Graph uses the harmonic predictions from thousands of US coastal stations and presents them in a fun and interactive graph. You also get an intuitive graph that shows sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset, and moon phase at a glance. Save recent locations, find locations using GPS location, and save graphs for later.
- Great App for transiting the Columbia River and elsewhere tides are a factor - Doug Foster
US Tides Free
- Pretty useful app for local tides, and iPhone locates the nearest tides that might be relevant. - Marc Peterson
Sail Safe - $2.99
- This app shows other vessels on the water, what they are doing, predicts possible problems and helps you to make choices based on proper boating practices (rules of the road). - Marc Peterson
DragQueen - Free
- Anchor alarm lets you set your drag distance to alarm and monitors your position so you can sleep well!! - Marc Peterson
Elvstrom Starter - Free
- Basic race starter app. Pretty nice, simple tool. - Marc Peterson
Sky Guide - $1.99
- AMAZING STAR GUIDE SHOWS CONSTELLATIONS IF YOU HOLD IT TO THE HEAVENS!!! - Marc Peterson
My Yacht App - Free
- Location alerts
Intellicast HD Weather - Free
- In my opinion, this is the best general weather program and format out there. Great interface and loads of data, AND FREE! - Marc Peterson
iNavX Marine Navigation - $49.99
- This app functions as a full service chart plotter using NOAA charts. AWESOME! Shows SOG, direction of travel, and your location, and automatically asks if you want to download the next chart in the direction of your travel. - Marc Peterson
MotionX GPS HD - $1.99
- Much like iNavX and now has some navigation charts, but not as good as iNavX. Can't beat the price though! - Marc Peterson
Marine Traffic Ships & Wind - $3.99
- Shows ships and vessels on the water, including AIS information about the vessel, their direction of travel and speed. Even shows photos of the vessel so you will recognize it when you see it. - Marc Peterson
Boaters Pocket Reference - $4.99
- A full copy of the useful little book! - Marc Peterson