Using harmonic predictions of thousands of US coastal stations, this app presents these in a fun and interactive graph, including graph of sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset and moon phase. These are all important pieces of information if you plan to go sailing since the flow of ocean bodies of water will affect your sailing trip. The app lets you save recent locations, find locations using GPS and save graphs for use later. (Price: $1.99) (Download link)
If you’re new to sailing one of the areas or skills that you need to master is tying knots. You’ll be tying knots more than you can imagine when you are sailing. To help you out with this task, Sailing Knots is a pretty handy app for your iPhone. It gives you easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions on tying 22 popular and useful sailing knots. The app presents these knots in well designed and highly detailed graphics showing the step-by-step procedure with attention to overlaps, arrows and other guides to help you tie even the most complex sailing knots. Some of the sailing knots that you’ll learn to do include – bends, hitches, loop in the line, quick release and stoppers. (Price: $0.99) (Download link)
This quick log iPhone app will help you document your sailing voyage. It provides you with an interactive logbook that you can use to track your sailing and boating adventure. The app also lets you email your proposed voyage to any land based email address using the float plan screen. Hence, you’ll keep your friends and family informed and updated of your route and current location while sailing.
(Price: $4.99) (Download link)
Marine Rules and Signals
Before you can go on a successful sailing voyage, you need to learn the rules and signals at sea. This app is part of the series on Marine Navigation apps and it features beautifully illustrated diagrams and short, clear text. It helps you remind yourself about a rule or signal, learn at home, or traveling in the winter as you plan your sailing trips. The app includes Rule of the Roads such as steering and sailing rules, lights and shapes, day and night markings of boats, sound signals and distress signals. It also teaches you about signals and communications including buoys, harbour charts, and various sailing flags. (Price: $6.99) (Download link)
This app is perfect for nearshore sailors as it provides weather data from the SailFlow website in a mobile, easy to consume format on your iPhone. The app gives various types of weather information such as wind graphs, National Weather Service Marine Forecasts, computer model forecasts, wind observation maps, wind forecast model maps, radar maps, satellite maps, tides and tide current predictions and more. All this information is essential if you plan to go nearshore sailing. (Price: $5.99) (Download link)
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