Top Sea Worthy Apps
There are apps for everything these days, whether you are editing your photos, looking for love or needing a quick fix to fight some boredom.
As you’re all boating lovers, we have compiled a list of the ‘must have’ apps for hobbyists and also those who work in the boating industry, to make your boating life easier, or more enjoyable.
Whether you are a maritime professional, boat broker or just out on your boat at the weekends, this list will have something for you to download.
Tracking 20,000 ships simultaneously, Ship Finder has been in the top ranked apps since way back in 2009.
Using AIS ship feeds, Ship Finder picks up all passenger vessels, commercial vessels and smaller pleasure craft and yachts.
Providing near real time, the AIS feed is faster than radar and used for safety and navigation among sailors.
This great app allows you to track the progress and activity of a range of sea craft across the world, all in the palm of your hands on your mobile or tablet.
Being able to see the active progress of ships is quite something, but another amazing feature of this app is the Augmented Reality enabling you to use the device's camera to identify ships whilst you are out at sea. You simply point your camera at the ship to find out what type it is on the app. This is great for brushing up on your ship expertise and impressing friends too!
This clever app is available on on IOS and android devices and impressively, you can download the basic app for free! They do also offer a paid app, which provides an even better user experience.
MarineTraffic Ships & Wind
Created by MarineTraffic.com
ISO - £2.99 - http://apple.co/1HWWCyR
Android - £2.99 - http://bit.ly/1YgluWC
Marine Traffic Ships & Wind, connects more than 120,000 vessels a day, using the largest network of AIS receivers. It provides live coverage for over 4,000 ports and marinas and provides estimates of their time of arrival too. It covers all major ports and shipping routes, allowing you to browse a huge database of over 1.5 million photos of ships, harbours, lighthouses and much more.
With embedded live wind forecasts on the map, MarineTraffic Ships & Wind lets you to track wind up to 48 hours ahead, providing you with great coverage whilst tracking vessel movements.
Another great feature of this app is something called “My fleet”, which allows you to manage your list of tracked vessels, shared across all your devices and MarineTraffic.com, providing you with full coverage of your fleet on all devices.
The Identify option of the app (in app purchase) allows you to point your device in a location and it provides you with all the information of the vessels around in your area. This gives you a full breakdown of information, such as the boat size, speed and year of build.
This cool app is available on all devices, with IOS and android. MarineTraffic Ships & Wind costs just £2.99, providing relevant and up to date information on one of the largest boating traffic reporting applications.
We think Wreck Finder is a very smart app, and sure to bring out your inner adventurer!
Wreck Finder has data supplied under licence from the UK Hydrographic Office with permission from Her Majesty’s Stationery Office.
It provides you with pinpoint locations of over 12,000 wrecks in and around the waters of the UK and Ireland.
Using the built-in GPS, you can zoom in and out of the map in specific areas and Wreck Finder will show you all the wrecks in that location, providing full map coordinates, latitude and longitude.
Simply click on a wreck and you can see a full breakdown of information including the depth, length, type, date it sank, and much more.
Mobile network signals can be a bit sparse when you’re out at sea but Wreck Finder have taken this into consideration. To overcome the problem of intermittent coverage, you can store all your wrecks on your device before heading out to sea - a very useful feature.
If you’re looking to unleash your inner Indiana Jones or just searching for great places to fish, Wreck finder is a must have app. Available on IOS and Android on multiple devices, it’s yours for just £5.99. Who knows what you might discover!
If you’re wanting to chart the waters of UK, Ireland & the Netherlands safely, Marine:UK will enable you to do just that.
Marine: UK-Ireland-Netherlands - GPS Map Navigator application is like having your very own marine navigator in the palm of your hand. It can provide you with electronic nautical charts with the best UKHO, ENC S57 cartography. You’ll love the vast coverage, and alerts of anchoring and fishing locations, restricted zones, obstructions, lights, beacons and buoys, spot sounds, depth contours and much more.
With such exceptional coastlines around UK, Ireland and the Netherlands, this app will help you along your way to ensure you are making the most of your travels.
Explore the caves and creeks, or visit one of the harbours and simply relax on the beach. With plenty of routes marked out, you will never run out of awesome places to visit.
Marine: UK- Ireland-Netherlands - GPS Map Navigator may look slightly overwhelming at first, but it has a vast amount of advanced features and you will soon be plotting out your next voyage in no time.
Available on IOS on all platforms for £14.99, this app is on the more expensive side but undeniably offers great functionality and is considerably cheaper than your own human map charter!
After a long day of sailing, you are tired and ready to get some rest and the last thing you want is to be up worrying that your boat may be dragging.
Anchor watch is a great app to eliminate that worry. Using GPS on your device Anchor watch tracks your location while you simply manually adjust your dragging radius and let the app do the rest.
How it works: You set a perimeter, or ‘drift circle’ using your finger, then if the boat drifts out of this zone, you are alerted either by phone call, sound alarms, vibrations, pop ups, email or SMS message, providing options to cover all needs.
Anchor watch also runs in the background while using other applications so you needn't stay on it all night.
Whether you worry about your boat dragging or not, at just £0.79p this app is highly recommended just for peace of mind. It’s available on IOS on all devices. with a similar application available on Android under the same name.
Created by Grog LLC
IOS - £3.99- http://apple.co/1H8sW1J
Android - £3.15 - http://bit.ly/1S3W7DA
Need to tighten up on your knots? With so many knots out there, we often forget which bit goes where, and then what bit goes under where, and end up creating a knot which resembles a pair of tangled up headphones left in your pocket for a week.
You need not struggle any more thanks to “Animated knots by Grog”.
This is an extremelyuser friendly app that breaks down the process step-by-step.
Using a combination of detailed text and clear images, you are able to attempt even the most fiddly of knots.
A great feature of this app is the breakdown of categories which it provides, such as Boating, Fishing or even Search and Rescue. It really has it all.
Available on IOS and android on all platforms, you can have your very own Scout master all for £3.15 - £3.99. For the sheer amount of knots available on the application, it’s a great buy.
With the help of the Animated knots app, nothing will be floating away because of a poorly tied knot!
For all you speed demons out there, Speed Tracker free is the perfect app for you to track how many knots you are racking up on the waters.
Using GPS the application tracks your speed in either km/h, ml/h and knots.
Features include max speed, distance average speed and more, meeting all your speed tracking needs.
Record and log your journeys in the app then compare them with others so that next time so you can change your self and others to beat it.
And just incase you get lost Speed tracker also has a built in map to get you back in the right track.
We particularly love the clear, user-friendly design and is available on IOS and android, at £2.99 on IOS and £1.49 on android so it’s well worth downloading.
Just make sure you don’t get carried away and go breaking any speed limits.
It’s impossible to remember every maritime rule and regulation, so Marine Rules & Signals is a great app for anyone involved in sailing, sea fishing, surfing, and a host of other sea-related water sports.
Providing clear and simple illustrations, you can learn at your own pace or quickly refresh your memory. You can easily navigate your way through the app, whether you want to view Dual flag messages , Buoys systems or Marine Rules - this app covers all areas. Based on International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972, it is safe to say you’ll never be stranded at sea, not mixing up your “I wish to communicate with you” signal and your “man overboard” signal.
Available on IOS on all platforms for £4.49.
IOS - £0.00 - http://bit.ly/1OQicrq
Android - £0.00 - http://bit.ly/1OQicrq
You may think we are being biased with this entry as this is our own app, but the Infinity app offers an incredibly useful service for boat brokers.
Infinity is the industry leading solution for managing your online ads, website and feeds, allowing you to have all the power of infinity on your mobile or tablet and creating a seamless, smooth running management system for your brokerage.
The application allows you to place ads fast than ever - even when you don't have signal. You can fill out the advert, take the pictures directly from your phone or tablet, then the moment you next pick up a signal, your advert will go live.
This means you can make sure that you aren't out of the loop when you are out the office and on the water. The infinity app also receive leads and queries in real time and notifies you via the app notifications if you have a text message. This allows you to reply to any questions and contact your potential customers directly and quickly.
To make sure you can track how your ads are performing you can view the phone clicks and leads all on the app. Then if you feel that you need to boost the ad you can simply tap the boost button and your ad will go straight to the top of the listings wherever you are.
Likewise if you wish to activate, pause or even delete the ad just with a tap of a button, the ad will be removed from your account.
The infinity app is a must for all boat dealers, helping make their life a whole lot simpler!
It has an unfussy, easy to use design, and is available free on IOS and android devices.
Garmin are world renowned developers in navigation, producing new and innovative marine technology and making exploration accessible and safer for everyone. Now they have brought this technology on your mobile or tablet.
This app provides you with interactive data for nautical charting. With design based on a paper map it provides the user with familiarity, but with the immersive interactiveness of a tablet or phone, with pinch and pull features.
You can plan your navacation route wherever you may be, then link the device up to your built in navigation system on your boat and upload your route wirelessly.
A great feature is ActiveCaptian real-time content. This content is available to all app users and is written by the users. providing you with reviews about marinas, shared boating knowledge and warnings about hazards . With more than 100,000 boaters updating information it is a bounty of knowledge available at your fingertips.
Thanks to a built in search system, you are also able to search your surroundings before arriving, and read handy reviews and tips.
With regularly updated weather you are able to see the temperatures, wind directions, wind speed and much more, making sure you know to bring your swimming shorts or waders.
Using the measuring tool you can simply drag your finger across the screen to measure the distance of your required route.
With so many great features the Garmin Bluechart app really does turn your mobile or tablet into a highly reliable and worthwhile navigation system.
Available on IOS devices for a real immersive navigation system with a huge number of features we highly recommend this application. Reviewers of the app recommend bringing a charger as GPS apps are battery thirsty.
Please note: Use these apps at your own risk. BoatsandOutboards.co.uk does not recommend these over tried and tested certificated products.