We asked some boating families about the apps they used while cruising or sailing fulltime, and here’s the list they provided. There are apps for navigation, weather, citizen science & more.
Have an app that you love but don’t see here? Let us know in the comments at the bottom!
Celestial can perform celestial sight reductions, calculate fixes, present them visually, manage sights on multiple trips and assist in sight planning. It also includes a complete Almanac of the Sun, Moon, planets and stars.
Report and track trash found on coastlines or waterways. Data is collected by the University of Georgia.
Navionics mobile apps provide detailed cartography, route creation, track recording,tide and current data, wind forecasts, social media sharing, backup of valuable markers, routes, tracks, optional map overlays, syncing of data across multiple devices, and geo-referenced articles.
The PredictWind app shows high-resolution hourly wind speed and direction forecasts, trip planning tools and weather routing.
Rain alarm warns you when rain is on it’s way. It uses near-real-time data for more precision than forecasts.
Scientists need to know more about how the phytoplankton are changing both seasonally and from year to year, and this is where seafarers and the Secchi App can help out.
Along with the Secchi App, all you need do to take part is make a very simple piece of scientific equipment called a Secchi Disk and use it to record the Secchi Depth when you are at sea.
Star Walk is a stargazing app - point your phone or tablet at the night sky and it will overlay constellations, stars, planets and satellites. Move your device and it will update your celestial view.
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