Welcome to the wide and varied world of APPs dedicated to coastal navigation (up to where the 4G network takes). Today all you need is a good app to view on your device the details of what will happen around your boat in the short and long term. APPs do not replace traditional electronics, but they are an important complement to them. We have selected for you the most interesting ones, available for both Apple (iOS) and Android devices.
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All info on moorings at more than 220 marinas in Europe and the Mediterranean, with berth reservations available. But not only that: this app is a kind of “TripAdvisor” of the sea with all the community’s recommendations.
Ventusky is an app developed by a Czech company that not only shows the weather and wind in real time, with the help of animated arcs, but also monitors the movement of waves in the world’s oceans and seas in a clear and understandable way.
With Marine Traffic you will view real-time positions of AIS-equipped ships around the world. Every day you can follow the routes of more than 80 thousand vessels and browse the gallery with one million photos of ships, ports and lighthouses.
NAVIONICS / BOATING
Boating, the app from Navionics (recently acquired by the giant Garmin) for smartphones and tablets, is one of the most widely used by sea-goers. There is a free version and a subscription-based “plus” version: with this one you get the same map detail as the best GPS plotters on your device, along with
To an advanced feature set.
Sea Conditions provides weather and sea forecasts for the Mediterranean Sea. It is based on numerical models coupled with satellite data and in situ data (such as ships of opportunity or buoys). The service, which is free (but there is a premium version with many additional features) offers three-day forecasts with specific time sections (every six hours).
Another cartographic navigation app particularly appreciated for its ease of use and clear, intuitive graphics. You will be able to manage waypoints, routes, distance calculation, location, destination, and quick setting of display options.
C-MAP / PLAN2NAV
Plan2Nav is based on C-Map maps (a company acquired by Navico):
download is free, you will pay for the map areas you are interested in and they will be displayed with the highest accuracy.
More than 120 nautical knots at your disposal on smartphones and tablets: you can study the execution of each one in great detail, with 3D animations that can be zoomed in in detail and rotated at will.
It is one of the most widely used navigation APPs, supporting different types of cartography (including Navionics): in addition, it integrates the AIS Live function and via NMEA interface makes your device a repeater of on-board instruments.
This APP, to be used at night in the roadstead, has an augmented reality function with which to mix the real sky with
plots on the display and recognize constellations. Plus, you can time travel up to 10,000 years forward or backward to understand where stars and constellations came from and where they will go.
It turns your device into an AIS receiver with a range of about 60 miles, within which you will view all boats with AIS.
Install it on your device and you can look up all the meteomarine parameters: hour by hour up to 7 days, on a bi-hourly basis up to the tenth day. By clicking on any sea point you will get all the weather parameters (forecasted weather, wind direction, intensity and gusts, wave height and direction).