Apps to download …

To help me sleep

None of these Apps replace the need to get out of bed whenever I sense the need or to maintain an anchor watch or the importance of setting bearings and transit lines when at anchor. However, the use of your iPhone or iPads sophistication can definitely help you sleep more comfortably.
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Anchor
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Set it up on your iPhone and keep it next to your pillow at night. Alarms if boat drifts outside defined circle compared to GPS positioning …
Anchor Watch
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There are many Apps that do the same thing. I use these two so I have alternatives …
B&G GoFree
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Enables full ‘remote’ viewing and control of your B&G chart plotter. Imagine being able to check the reason for a course change while you’re laying in bed …
Raymarine
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Had a Raymarine setup on my last boat … this is the App to link to it and also control (there is one more App that allows users to ‘view’ only)

Navigation Assistants

A range of Apps that help with various Navigational issues ranging from Astronavigation to route planning assistance or sail planning,
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Navionics
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Apart from providing a backup to your chart plotter, this is a great way to plan sailing routes including waypoints in advance and in the comfort of your chair
B&G GoFree
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You need the B&G GoFree wifi unit onboard and then use this App to mirror your B&G chart plotter to the Nav station via your iPad …
ezAlmanac
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A digital multi-year nautical almanac with digital sight reduction tables for use in celestial navigation. Use it the same way as you would published tables.
ezSights
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A complete celestial navigation package providing a simple interface for sight reduction parameters, planning navigational bodies etc and entering data from sextant observations to determine a fix.
AstroNav
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A one stop shop that can turn your iPhone into a Sextant & provide the data to plot position from celestial bodies. Great way to learn at low cost.
Night Sky
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Again, there are many versions out there … but the is one of the best. Easily locate celestial bodies and predict events based on your geo location.
SunSeeker
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I’m into photography as well and this great little App does one thing and does it well. It shows the exact times of sunrise and in relation to a Satellite map. Check out the free Lite version.
LogBook
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After wasting a lot of money checking them out and deleting them, I’ve finally found an electronic Log Book that looks like it will work (for me). Not to replace the hourly paper log … but a nice supplement.
SeeCompass
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Another brilliant and simple App. Turns your iPhone into the best Hand Bearing compass you’ll ever want!
Tide Planner
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This is the App I prefer for Tidal Planning. It’s particularly good in setting up what you draw and seeing it on the tide chart.
CronGlobal
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Here’s another tide App I like. It also incorporates a fancy Chronograph looking clock face …
Navily
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A new comer in my list. An App that is shaping up to a good potential. Basically it’s a crowd sourced data base of anchorages. Time will tell, but I think it could be a good one.
Marinus
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A great App that gives you all the Rules of the Road in your pocket (on your iPhone) including memory games …

Weather Outlooks

You can never get enough information when it comes to weather forecasting. So, I use a wide range of technology (internet, e-mail, radio and Apps) which include some with a paid prescriptions. I especially like the GRIB file formats that are easily found today which are also great for planning safe anchorages.
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PredictWind
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I pay for the full service here and think it’s worth it. Apart from the great information I also commend their responsiveness to customer inquiries …
PocketGrib
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One of my favourite Apps. Easy to download just what you want and provides a forecast view
Meteo Consult
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When in the Western Med you should always check this one out. Great graphics and high quality forecasts
BuoyWeather
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One more option to increase the odds
WindGuru
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Easy to read layout and another good option
WindFinder
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A popular site particularly with kite and windsurfers. Easy to follow graphics.
YachtingWeather
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And one more of the many out there ,,,

Medical Assistance

Apps for emergencies when you need them …
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FirstAid
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Again, there are many choices out there. I was in the St John Ambulance Brigade when I was young so I use this one …
UrgentCare
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Costs money … but worth it when you need it like insurance
Emergency Medicine
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Even more expensive … but very thorough
CDC Vaccine
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Don’t leave ‘home’ without one … a very useful guide to adult vaccinations
WebMD
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Very well known App that is a great way to try and self diagnose many basic problems
OrthoTrauma
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Specialised help for emergency situations

Reference & Info

There’s a whole range of good stuff out there. Of course, you need to select what’s best for you. In my case you will see I like to have an electronic option sitting on my phone for some of the basics, since my phone is always with me … that’s the theory anyway :)
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Marinus
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A great App that gives you all the Rules of the Road in your pocket (on your iPhone) including memory games …
MarineRules
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Irmray produce this great little App with all the Rules of the Road. Great to have handy on night watch.
BoatOwners Manual
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An electronic publication covering all things electrical and mechanical for boat owners
Marin Traffic
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Find your friends boats that use AIS (and yourself). Receive notifications when they enter or leave ports.
Sailing&Boating
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Join into a Community Forum specialised for Sailing & Boating. Great place to seek advice.
Sailboat Forum
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Another forum to stay up to date on various boating issues
MyYacht Free
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Effective way to capture all your key yacht data in one place on your iPhone so it’s always there when you need it. Paid version includes a Log … up to you.

Good for crew & you

This is a collection of Apps that are good for visiting crew members to download and have with them for their sailing trip. It’s just as useful for experienced yachts as a back up and reminder. Either way .. worth having handy at all times.
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WhatKnot
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How to make all of the important knots you need on board
Knots Guide
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And here’s another one …
Knots 3D
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OK, so now you have three choices …
NautiEd
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Fully interactive online training school with your own account. Learn all about sailing via this online teaching method.
SignalFlags
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Learn the meaning of the flags flown on boats. Still an important maritime skill.
Sailing School
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As the name implies, a reference place filled with knowledge about sailing.

Miscellaneous Apps

All of these Apps will help you in one way or another
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FlightBoard Live
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Another of my all time favourites. This App taps into every airports live flight arrivals and departure boards. So, if you have crew arriving or departing you see live data!
Living Earth
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Too good to leave out. This wonderfully graphic App shows the whole planets weather patterns including cloud, temperature and more …
BoatSales
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Stay in touch with your local market prices … this one is for Australian boats
Osculati
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A European marine suppliers catalogue. Always good to have on your iPad in case you need to order something, or just to get ideas
Plastimo
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Another well known suppliers catalogue …
Pantaenius
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We insure our boat with Pantaenius and they provide this nice little App to assist if you need them.
PADI
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Scuba diving essentials