Five apps to down­load be­fore you set sail

Northern Pen - - Puzzles -

Be­fore you em­bark on your next nau­ti­cal ad­ven­ture, take a minute to check out these five in­cred­i­bly use­ful apps that could vastly im­prove your time on the wa­ter:

The i-Boat­ing app gives you ac­cess to full nau­ti­cal maps that in­clude de­tails on lit­torals, docks and ports, fresh­wa­ter lakes, in­te­rior rivers, nav­i­ga­tional ob­sta­cles and buoys. It’s GPS-en­abled and of­fers spo­ken nav­i­ga­tional as­sis­tance. You can also re­fer to it for in­for­ma­tion on cur­rents, tides and weather fore­casts, among other bits of valu­able data.

This app pro­vides nau­ti­cal maps fea­tur­ing dock lo­ca­tions, nav­i­ga­tional aids and in­for­ma­tion on tides and cur­rents. It also helps boaters stay clear of shal­low wa­ters and find fish­ing hotspots thanks to SonarChart, an HD ba­thym­e­try map with de­tailed real-time up­dates on bot­tom depths. One fea­ture that sets it apart from the com­pe­ti­tion is its so­cial as­pect: users can share in­for­ma­tion such as the lo­ca­tion of ship­wrecks or nav­i­ga­tional haz­ards with other boaters.

Learn (or re­learn) how to tie more than 120 knots thanks to step-bystep an­i­mated in­struc­tions. Not only does this app let you see the knots in full 3D de­tail, but it also shares se­crets about their ori­gins. It’s the per­fect way to pass the time on long trips!

Boat Man­ager is your new cap­tain’s log. This well-rounded app lets you keep track of all the de­tails sur­round­ing your boat­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, from fuel con­sump­tion to equip­ment main­te­nance.

Par­tic­u­larly use­ful for sail­boat own­ers, this handy app pro­vides pre­cise, real-time data on weather and wind con­di­tions.

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