The three Sailing apps you need for your sailing trip

In this article we will talk about the tree sailing apps you need for your sailing trip, whether you’re a first time sailor with a skipper or all on your own.

This sailing apps will let you know

  • where you are,
  • what kind of weather is ahead of you
  • and alarm you when your boat drifts for its safe anchor zone.

Using them will make your trip more safe and relaxing.

Navionics – the navigation application

Download info:

  • Runs on iOS and Android
  • FREE subscription for a 2-week trial. Charts are sold separately.

The company was established in 1984, in Viareggio, Italy. In 2017 Marine electronics company Garmin bought Navionics company but Navionics retained as a brand. Find more information here.

Main features:

Users can access nautical charts with tides and currents, information on marinas and ports, see and create Sonar charts, share information with other users using ActiveCaptain Community features, locate fishing areas and lot more.

Navionics has recently released a new universal Boating app that:

  • runs with an optimized interface on smartphones and tablets with the same operating system, using the same subscription (either they’re both from Apple or both running on Android)
  • provides additional local information with ActiveCaptain Community
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PredictWind – the weather application

Download info:

The company was founded by Jon Bilger, a competitive yachtsman and Winner of America’s Cups in 2003/2007 as Alinghi Weather Team Manager.

Main features:

PredictWind offers two apps for weather forecasting: for inshore and coastal sailing and others for offshore sailing.

The Inshore App is designed for usage on a cellular or Wifi network and displays the high-resolution forecasts on your mobile or tablet.

The Offshore App is designed for boats heading offshore with a need to download forecast GRIB data on a Satellite or SSB connection.

You can find more info here.

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Anchor Watch – the anchor application

Download info:

  • Works on Android
  • FREE

Main features:

We all know how anchoring can be tricky and a lot of us probably spend more than one restless night while anchored. This is why we find this app very useful.

The Anchor-watch app uses a phone’s GPS to track the boat’s position and raise an alarm when the boat moves outside the safe-zone circle.

This app is very easy to use, you can simply activate the app after you have dropped your anchor and prepared the boat.

You don’t have to know the exact coordinates of the anchor, you only need the bearing and the distance to your anchor, that is all. More info here.

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We wish you fair winds