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Apple iPhone & iPad Boating Apps


Boat Ramps (free)
Boat Ramps from is an exciting new app that lets you quickly locate and get directions to more than 35,000 boat ramps throughout the U.S.

Charts & Tides by Navimatics (based on region, $19.99 to $24.99)
Charts & Tides is the first full resolution, seamless charting iPad app for marine navigation with full compatibility for the iPhone. Purchase Charts & Tides for one low price and run the software on your iPad and your iPhone.

Fugawi iMap: USA & Canada Topo Maps ($4.99)
Fugawi iMap: USA and Canada is a topo map app for iPhone and iPad which includes coverage of all of the USA and all Canadian Provinces. It is great for anyone going off-road and into the back country.

Google Earth by Google (free)
With Google Earth for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, you can fly to far corners of the planet with just the swipe of a finger. Explore the same global satellite and aerial imagery available in the desktop version of Google Earth, including high-resolution imagery for over half of the world's population and a third of the world's land mass.

GPS Mapping Software for mobile devices by Memory-Map Mobile (free / $27.99)
Ideal for on-the-go navigation, these mobile apps are easy to use and support a range of features and map options.

iNavX Marine Navigation By GPSNavX ($49.99)
iNavX marine navigation offers US waters marine charts (Included detailed chart coverage: West Coast, Gulf Coast, East Coast, Great Lakes, Alaska, Hawaii, and Virgin Islands).

Marine Charts By EarthNC ($19.99)
EarthNC Marine Charts w/seamless charts, user waypoints, and realtime navigation. EarthNC Marine Charts features seamless NOAA marine charts for US waters, user waypoints, and realtime navigation.

Marine & Lakes: USA By Navionics ($9.99) | iPad ($34.99)
Ideal for boaters, fishermen and water sports enthusiasts of all kinds. Any downloaded chart data stays resident on your iPhone and is visible even when outside of wireless coverage! You can plan your on-the-water adventures, check tides, set your routes and markers, and search for marinas. Tides & Currents, Route planning, waypoints & markers, Route Tracking, Wind Forecasts.

MotionX-GPS HD ($1.99) | iPad ($2.99)
MotionX-GPS HD has all the Maps and Navigation Instruments you need for your outdoor life: walking, hiking, sailing, off-roading, flying, geocaching, or exploring, anywhere in the world. Download worldwide maps and store them on your iPhone or iPad for offline access. MotionX-GPS HD works on a hike, on a boat, in a plane, visiting a new city, or just browsing the globe from home.

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AyeTides ($9.99)
AyeTides displays tides and currents (also known as tidal streams) for nearly 10,000 tide or current stations.

Boating Weather By Blue Whale ($1.99)
Need to know what the marine forecast is before you go boating or during your boating trip? The Boating Weather App for iPhone and iPod Touch is the answer. This intuitive App will show you the wind speed, surf, and wave height for your local area. Marine weather data provided by the National Weather Service.

Buoy Wind (free)
Wind speed, direction, and gusts; wave period and heights; air and water temp from hundreds of NOAA buoys.

Clam Tide ($0.99)
Clam Tide for iPhone is an application that provides tide predictions right on your mobile device without any need for a network connection. With Clam Tide, you can select a location or let the iPhone's built GPS select the location for you. In moments, you'll have a weeks worth of tide predictions at your fingertips.

Hurricane By Kitty Code ($3.99)
Hurricane gives you the ability to track these storms on the go using your iPhone or iPod Touch. Satellite images and tracking maps help you see where these monster storms are heading. Text bulletins give you the detailed information you need.

MarineCast By InfoBridge, LLC ($5.99)
Using WeatherFlow's weather data, MarineCast provides weather data from the SailFlow website in a mobile, easy to consume format. MarineCast provides weather information including: current observations, wind graphs, National Weather Service Marine Forecasts, computer model forecasts, wind observation maps, wind forecast model maps, radar maps, satellites maps, tides and tide current predictions and much more.

NOAA Buoy and Tide Data By Verona Solutions, LLC ($1.99)
NOAA Buoy Data Reader allows you to retrieve weather data from NOAA's National Data Buoy Center. It also provides tide predictions for the US.

RadarScope By Base Velocity, LLC ($9.99)
RadarScope is a specialized display utility for weather enthusiasts and meteorologists that allows you view NEXRAD Level 3 radar data along with our most requested new feature, Tornado, Severe Thunderstorm, and Flash Flood Warnings issued by the National Weather Service. It can display the latest reflectivity, velocity, and other products from any NEXRAD radar site in the United States, Guam and Puerto Rico. These aren't smoothed PNG or GIF images, this is real Level 3 radar data rendered in its original radial format for a high level of detail.

Sun n Moon ($0.99)
Sun and moon rising and setting times as well as moon phases-no matter where you are. Extra compass feature.

Sunrise Sunset By Kekoa Vincent ($0.99)
Sunrise Sunset is a simple, easy-to-use application that displays important solar times such as: Sunrise, Sunset, Civil twilight begin (Dawn), Sun Transit (Solar Noon), Civil twilight end (Dusk).

Tide Graph By Brainware ($1.99)
Tide Graph is a tide prediction application for the iPad that provides information for boaters in the United States about upcoming tides. Not only is tidal information important for keeping a boat off the bottom; fishermen, surfers and others on the waterfront routinely need to know the times and heights of upcoming tides.

Weather Alert USA ($3.99)
This all-inclusive NOAA weather app uses "push" technology to send your device weather alerts 24/7 (even if the app is not running). NOAA Weather Monitoring Service included.

WeatherBug (free) | iPad
Get the latest weather information, including local current conditions, extended forecast, severe weather alerts, animated Doppler radar, live weather camera images and much more! Powered by the WeatherBug Network – the world’s largest weather, camera and lightning network.

Weather Radar By Exact Magic Software, LLC ($2.99)
Simple, fast, easy to use, gorgeous animated graphics. Includes full animated coverage of the entire U.S., as well as the latest radar imagery across the globe overlaid on three styles of scrollable, zoomable maps.

WindGuru By Perceiveit Limited (free)
Worldwide coverage of current wind strength and direction. No predictions.

Yachting Weather By Esirion AG (free)
A slick weather App that provides key information to help plan your day on the water: temperature, wind direction and speed, wave height, wave length, wave period, storm risk, precipitation risk, humidity, pressure, etc. 6 hour forecasts.

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AccelaRuler ($0.99)
Uses motion to measure from a few inches to 15' at any angle within 2 percent.

Beacon (free)
Use a cool radar-like screen to set a "beacon," or somewhere you want to return to. Beacon will point you back to wherever you drop a beacon. Made after losing my car in a parking lot for the 800th time.

Distance Meter (Free)
Distance tracker app. How far off is that buoy? How long is a trip that touches every island in the Bahamas? This tells to the inch.

Emergency Distress Beacon (free)
This simple application, when activated, sends out a distress beacon with your current latitude and longitude location to rescuers.

LED Morse Code Transmitter (free)
LED Morse Code Transmitter using the new iPhone 4's LED Flash to send Morse code signals. Just type in your own message or select from a quick list of pre-defined shorthand messages and the app will automatically transmit LED flash pulses in Morse code format to your friend.

Nav Clock ($0.99)
A big graphic that shows date, time, and basic weather and location info. A good quick reference.

SailMaster+ ($2.99)
The SailMaster app provides all the information needed to optimize sailing and racing performance, including: Boat Speed, Waypoints/Course, Lift/Header, Digital Compass, Count Down Timer, Angle of Heel, Tidal Info and Course Plotting.

Wind Meter By Going Apps ($0.99)
No CELL TOWER or signal is necessary! Wind Meter works by directly measuring the volume of wind flowing over your iPhone microphone and converting it into an effective wind speed reading in REAL TIME at your location!

XClinometer ($0.99)
This professional tool called Clinometer is the most precise (all you can get with some calculations) slope measurement tool for the iPhone/IPod Touch. It can be used for simple applications like aligning a frame as well as for more sophisticated fields of applications where an arbitrary slope needs to be measured exactly. With this tool, the slope can be measured by all edges of the device in every direction.

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The Captain's Toolbox By Expedition Research LLC ($4.99)
This app replaces several books, manuals, study guides and other boating resources in one easy to use application. All the data is stored on your phone - no connection required.

Complete Watercraft Safety Course on iPhone/iPad, BlackBerry and Android ($7.99)
Designed and demonstrated by certified watercraft safety professionals, the RediVideos Watercraft Safety Course application for iPhone and BlackBerry offers simple to understand directions for all regulated boating safety procedures, including: Trip Preparation, Legal Restrictions (may differ by region), Safe Watercraft Operation, Boat Motor Instruction and Maintenance, Correct Fueling Procedures, Flotation Devices, Emergency Response.

Knot Guide ($1.99)
Need to tie a knot? Knot Guide will teach you the ropes! People of all walks of life since ancient times have found knots both fascinating and essential. Knots are used in sailing, climbing, tree trimming, jewelry making, and everyday tasks such as hitching a load to your vehicle. Whether you are a novice or you have experience with tying knots, Knot Guide will assist you! The knots included in Knot Guide are generally considered to be some of the most useful everyday knots.

Marine Rules & Signals By Imray ($5.99)
The reference guide to rules and signals at sea. Part of a series of Marine Navigation apps, Rules & Signals is a useful tool for sailors, fishermen, surfers and people involved in sea water sports. The Imray Marine Navigation reference products are intended for quick reference and learning.

Navigation Rules ($3.99)
Navigation Rules contains a complete copy of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (COLREGS), including amendments and the Inland Navigation Rules, in effect for all inland waters, including the Great Lakes. App is COLREGs most recent version dated - October 19, 2009.

Pro-Knot By John Sherry ($1.99)
Pro-Knot is the most trusted printed knot reference in the world and now the same best selling fishing knot and rope knot instructions are available on the iPhone/iPod/iPad! Now with 70 great knots!

The Racing Rules of Sailing ($4.99)
The United States Sailing Association (US SAILING) is proud to present the official iPhone application for The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2013-2016 Including the US SAILING Prescriptions. The Racing Rules of Sailing app is for you if you are an avid sailor looking for instant access to the official rules and signals. With this application you will be prepared to answer any rules or signal questions that arise.

SAS Survival Guide ($5.99)
The definitive guide to survive in the wild, in any climate, on land or at sea. For over twenty years, the SAS Survival Guide has been the definitive guide to surviving any situation, anywhere in the world.

Ship Shape Boat Lights ($1.99)
A good resource even if you've passed your captains' course. Also serves as a great study guide app for those just learning lights.

Signal Flags Info by By Gigs, Inc. (Free)
Signal Flags Info contains images of all (40) of the international code flags, along with abbreviated usage descriptions for each flag. The app is designed to be used as a reference tool for recognition of the flags and interpretation of their meanings when displayed by merchant ships, warships, fishing vessels and private yachts.

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Boating Suite: Log Book & Expense Log By Boating Cafe, Inc. ($4.99)
Boating Suite is a professional, full-featured app for the iPhone and iPod Touch that is designed to help you manage all aspects of your boating life. But it’s not just a boating app. It’s the first and only app designed by boating enthusiasts, for boating enthusiasts. Boating Suite consists of the following modules: Log Book, Fuel Log, Maintenance Log, Expense Log, To Do List, Shopping List.

Boat Check ($0.99)
Boat Checklist provides an easy to use process for managing your short and long voyages.

Boat Logs ($2.99)
Boat Logs is your personal logbook for all your journey in boat. With it you'll be able to show your captain aptitudes to all your friends. You will be able to consult the list of your journeys, retrieve detailed information for each of it and reach instantaneously the statistics of your performances.

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Fishing Calendar By SIS software ($4.99)
Fishing Calendar is application with Solunar prediction calendar which shows you best fishing times for any location you desire. Better predictions means greater chance of catching a fish. Fishing Calendar stores your catches with photo, size, weight, location... for later analyze or just to tease your friends.

iSolunar Hunting & Fishing Times ($4.99)
Want to know what time the fish will start biting? How about improving your odds of finding that trophy deer or taking that amazing wildlife photo? iSolunar determines the best hunting times and best fishing times for any date, any location – worldwide!

Miscellaneous top Yacht Charter By Ltd (free)
PLAN YOUR NEXT YACHT CHARTER WITH THE BOATBOOKINGS.COM YACHT CHARTER APP! - the world leader in yacht charter - has over 8000 boats for charter worldwide. And now you can find and book them on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad! The Boatbookings iPhone app allows you to search for the boat you need, anywhere in the world, see pictures, specifications, prices and user comments. Then just fill out the simple form and our charter experts will work with you to plan your ideal charter.

Boat Load (4.99)
Boat Load puts the most important boating information in the palm of your hand and it’s always ready when you need it. Find marinas, chart points-of-interest along your course, create and send a digital float plan, view real-time weather and tide forecasts, store your shopping and maintenance notes.

BoatUS (free)
BoatUS offers an easy GPS locating service app for your boating tool bag. Text or Email your boat’s location to other boaters, Share your raft up anchorage or favorite fishing hole, Show your boat’s near shore location on a map, Displays your Latitude & Longitude (even out of cell range), Call for a tow and BoatUS will know where you are, Access 25 BoatUS Services.

Bikini Blast ($2.99)
Rated PG-13, hot babes plaster themselves over your screen as wallpaper. Enjoy the spread.

Dive Spots ($1.99)
Dive Spots is a database-driven application that provides the fastest way to locate dive spots, obstructions, and wrecks. Dive Spots provides an easy to use interface that places an ever growing database of over 21,000 dive spots, obstructions, and wrecks at your fingertips.

Fuel Finder: Cheapest Gas in the US and Canada ($2.99)
Trailering your boat? This app finds the cheapest gas near you and a maps a route to it. Fuel Finder is the most premium gas price app on the App Store.

GoSkyWatch Planetarium - the astronomy star guide ($3.99)
Easily, quickly identify and locate stars, planets, constellations and more with a touch or by simply pointing to the sky. Have fun with family and friends discovering the images in the night sky. Go outside and explore the night sky.

iNmea Logger ($2.99)
iNmea is a replicator application, that catches instrument data from a boat and presents them on the iPhone/iPad.

Linguestico Multi-Language Phrasebook (free)
Linguestico Multi-language phrase book with over 200 free Essential and Travel phrases! Includes instant access to the full Linguestico, with over 1200 essential travel phrases and LIVE telephone interpreters 24-7.

NauticEd (free)
When you become a student of the best Nautical Training online – NauticEd, you can take your time on the water log with you with this handy, easy-to-use app. Share your sailing resume or log your course certification as you crew or master a vessel. Updates to your online account instantly.

Ship Finder iPad (Free)
The original and most highly rated ship tracking app, ranked top 10 in the Navigation category in over 40 countries. Ship Finder provides near real time “virtual radar” AIS maps. It’s easy to use and is an amazing app for anyone interested in shipping, cruising and sailing in ports and locations across the world. It’s also great if you simply want to know what boats are out there or want to see where your friends and family are.

SpanishDict By Curiosity Media (free)
The SpanishDict app features a complete Spanish-English dictionary, talking phrasebook, interactive word game, and a word of the day. Use it as a handy reference or as a fun way to learn new words. This app is easy-to-use, feature-rich, and free!

Starmap By Fredd ($4.99)
A complete planetarium in your hand, Starmap Standard is a high-quality interactive and ergonomic map with 350, 000 stars, and fitted with many deep sky images.

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