Mobile apps on smartphones and tablets are part of everyday business and leisure activities on land. Why should time on the water be any different? Whether you’re cruising on a dinghy or a yacht here are our favorite seven mobile apps you should download before leaving the dock.
- Boating Suite: Complete Boating Log Book This is the first iOS app designed by boating enthusiasts, for boating enthusiasts. Boating Suite is a lifestyle app that is comprised of seven applications in one! The seven application modules are designed to keep track of your boating expenses, activities, and more. Boating Suite will definitely make sure you’re in ship shape. The Boating Suite app is available in free and paid versions for iPad, iPhone, and Android.
- GOST® Watch HD App If you want to keep an eye on your boat when you’re not there, now there’s an app for that. The GOST Watch HD app, nominated for the NMEA 2014 Product Award for “Marine Specialty,” is designed to provide boat owners and crew with peace of mind by allowing them to remotely view activity onboard. View live streaming video of up to six cameras onboard and review stored footage of the activity on and off your boat. The free, easy to use app is available for iPad, iPhone, and Android. This app requires installed GOST hardware.
- Scanstrut® Product Finder App Finding the right way to mount marine electronics products on your boat or yacht can be time consuming and confusing. The Scanstrut Product Finder app has been designed specifically to help you find the best installation system for your boating needs. This app is available to download for free to your iPad at the iTunes app store.
- KVH TracVision® Marine and RV TV-series The KVH TracVision® TV/RV-series app provides easy access from your mobile device to your KVH TracVision TV-series marine antenna system. The app is designed for the new TracVision TV1, TV3, TV5, TV6 systems (and RV1 for RVs and vehicles) and enables you to access a wizard for easy installation and setup of your TracVision TV-series system, view your antenna status, and update the system software, including updates to the satellite library. Enjoying satellite TV on your boat has never been so easy! The KVH TracVision app is available free for both iPad and iPhone. View other mobile applications by KVH.
- IGFA Mobile Make sure everyone believes your fish tales with the IGFA mobile app! The International Game Fish Association has released an app that allows you to search fishing world records, identify your catch species, log catches, find the nearest IGFA Weigh Station, and plan your trips. To record a catch simply take a picture, and enter in the details. The app allows social sharing with Facebook, so all your friends can see your monster catch. The next time you go out on a big fishing trip you shouldn’t be caught without it! The IGFA Mobile app is available in free and paid versions for iPad, iPhone, and Android.
- Knot Guide What’s knot to love? Whether you’re a novice or experienced sailor, the ultimate knot guide can help you keep your skills sharp. The mobile app comes with colorful pictures and easy, detailed descriptions to take you step by step through each knot. Best of all, it comes with a knot lingo glossary to transform any landlubber into a bonafide seadog. Whether you’re looking to make a monkey’s fist or a simple clove hitch, this is the app for you. This app is available for free on iPhone and Android.
- Whale Alert For all of you who whaley love animals this is the perfect app for you! The app alerts users in real time to the presence of North Atlantic right whales in shipping lanes near the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. This alert enables boaters to slow down and avoid collisions with a whale or pod. Whale Alert has been developed with the collaboration of government agencies, academic institutions, non-profit conservation groups, and private sector industries led by scientists from NOAA’s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. The Whale Alert app is available for free on iPad and iPhone. KVH and TracVision are trademarks of KVH Industries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies.