Navigation and Weather Apps for Your Electronic Toys

I know years ago they sailed with only paper charts and prayer.  I am so glad we are past that and now have electronics and software to help us enjoy our passion. Yeah, I am aware we still have paper charts for navigation.  Yes, we  can sail without these toys but why would we want to.

Some of these apps can be installed and used without an internet connection. Others will need either cell or internet service.  Most of the time I can use my cellphone as a hotspot, but that doesn’t always work.

There is a new internet system in the works that will allow everyone to take their internet with them anywhere.  Yes, even on a sailboat in the middle of the ocean.  Since planes fly everywhere it works everywhere. The Internet will bounce off the planes overhead.  It is call  Airbourne Wireless Network,  so keep an eye on the news for its launch.  They have tested it, now to wait for approval. Since I live in the middle of nowhere with very slow internet, I am looking forward to this system for home and sailing.



Dock Your Boat
Android and Apple
Skipper in training app you download
freeApp for simulating the physics of a boat during harbor maneuvers.
This boat- and harbor-simulator for docking and undocking under engine serves as a realistic trainer for skippers. The idea and the creation came from an enthusiastic sailor. The simulator helps to improve your skills in safe maneuvering of sailing yachts in different environments such as in narrow spaces in ports and marinas, using the propeller walk as well as the effects of crosswind and current. It also allows to handle lines and fenders. Besides the playful character of this simulator game the learning effect is creating the most value added for users. A range of different scenarios with various levels of difficulties are available for selection. Uncomplicated visual onscreen help with short text guidance passes on the basic principles to get a feel for the handling methods. Wind and current can be modified. For advanced users they provide a scene-editor via in-app-purchase.

How to Sail
App for mobile and PC
This app has over 170 tutorial lessons to bring you up to speed with many navigation techniques and safety procedures.
Learn to Sail Apps
Apple, PC, and Android
$3.99 each
Sailing lessons in Apps.

Top Sailor Simulator
App for Apple and Android
Top Sailor is a highly realistic sailing and motorboat simulator. Take Top Sailor with you and learn basics of sailing! See how wind force affects the sail and test your skills against AI opponents in a yacht race. Learn how to trim the sails to make the most use of wind energy. Discover when there is a risk of capsizing. Practice sailing downwind and upwind, tacking and gybing. Improve navigation skills, sail race strategy and tactics.



NOAA Weather App
Android and Apple app
This app uses NOAA point forecasts from your GPS location to get the most localized weather available. Point forecasts are great for climbing, hiking, skiing, or any outdoor activity where weather from a nearby city isn’t accurate enough.

Marine Weather by Accuweather
Android and Apple app
Stay connected to the latest, real-time, marine weather conditions with Marine Weather™ by AccuWeather. Designed for mariners and other water hobbyists, this free, customizable app features MinuteCast™, the leading minute-by-minute weather forecast that is hyper-localized to your exact location.

THEYR Gribview 
Apple and Android

Ventusky – Wind, Rain and Temperature Maps–free
Apple and Android app
You can use it on the website on download the app to your device.
Animated wind, rain and temperature maps, detailed forecast for your place, data from the best weather forecast models such as GFS, ICON, GEM.

App for apple, pc and android
Don’t miss a day on the water or in the air! SailFlow makes it easy for you to find the wind and weather data you’re after no matter where you are. You can use as a website on your PC or download the App.



Apple and Android
Don’t miss a day on the water or in the air! WindAlert makes it easy for you to find the wind and weather data you’re after no matter where you are.

Android, Apple or laptop via website
Pro $2.99
Wind and weather reports & forecasts for kite surfers, wind surfers, surfers, sailors and paragliders for over 40000 locations worldwide 
Global Coverage Anywhere in the World at 9km Resolution. View Free Forecasts!
Outstanding Accuracy · Live Wind Observations · Free GRIB Viewer
Services: Grib Viewer, Iridium Go, Marine Weather Forecast, Yacht Racing, Power Boating, Cruising.

Windy: Wind map & weather forecast (also known as Windyty)
Weather radar, wind and waves forecast for kiters, surfers, paragliders, pilots, sailors and anyone else. Worldwide animated weather map, with easy to use layers and precise spot forecast. METAR, TAF and NOTAMs for any airport in the World. SYNOP codes from weather stations and buoys. Forecast models ECMWF, GFS,

PocketGribApp $5.99 Apple and Android

With PocketGrib you can download, view and analyse global weather data while on the go. Wind, precipitation, pressure, temperature, wave and other data extracted from GRIB files are displayed through our powerful GRIB viewer interface. Perfect for sailors (both sailing and in the pub), windsurfers, stormchasers.



AyeTides     Apple and Android App
AyeTides and AyeTides XL show the tides and currents for over 12,000 locations around the world*. AyeTides and AyeTides XL give you the day’s tides as tables and interactive graphs. See what the tides are doing next week or next year. See sun rise, moon rise, etc., and how the tides respond to the moon.
Several tides apps are available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. It’s a great idea and a handy way to keep track of the tides without carrying around printed tide charts for every location. A good tide app is especially useful when you’re cruising to different areas and need accurate information on local tides – and potentially water currents as well.

Charts and Tides
App for Apple and Android
Free but you do have to purchase the charts you need
The all new Charts&Tides for iOS7 is finally here! Now get access to charts, tides, ActiveCaptain information, GPS navigation and more in a well designed package. Use it at home to research and plan your trip. Use it on your boat as  a navigation tool to route to your final destination.

My Tide Times
Apple and Android
Pro version is $1.99
My Tide Times is the only tide tables application you’ll ever need. Whether you’re surfing, fishing or just going to the beach you’ll be able to use it to get quick and easy access to the tides. We think it’s the most beautiful tide times application on the market to date.

US Tides
Apple and Android app
Seven days tides tables and charts for more than 3000 US locations as provided by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).
Displays sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset times and moon phase.

View Tide Charts | USHarbors
This is a website with printable charts
USHarbors delivers free printable tide charts, onshore and marine forecasts, weather buoy data, radar, harbor guides, and a directory of coastal businesses.




Apps for Apple and Android
The world’s #1 Boating app! A favorite among cruisers, sailors, fishermen and divers. Find the same detailed charts and advanced features as on the best GPS plotters. Download the app and get an automatic 2-week free trial of Navionics

Transas iSailor – Marine Navigation, Chart Plotter and AIS Viewer for …
android and apple app
Transas iSailor is a marine GPS navigation system intended for use on iPads, iPhones, Android smartphones and tablets. An excellent solution for boats and yachts owner navigation.

For apple, android, and laptops from the website
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Garmin | ActiveCaptain App and website
For apple android and laptops from the webpage
ActiveCaptain™ App. All-in-one App for the Ultimate Connected Boating Experience. The free all-in-one ActiveCaptain™ mobile app allows you to manage your marine experience from nearly anywhere. It creates a simple yet powerful connection between your compatible mobile device and your compatible Garmin …

Isail GPS:NOAA Charts
App for Apple and Android
iSailGPS, the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch GPS App for NOAA Marine Charts for USA waters, even where there is no cell service.

Marine navigation ap for Ipad and Iphone
A good all-round package and especially versatile for ability to use raster and vector charts from multiple providers.

website not app
Join the new age of discovery
To help you find anchorages and marinas.

Anchor watch
Apple and Android app
Anchor watch is a position logger, SMS alarm and sound alarm and it monitors the device’s current location and informs you if the location of the device changes too far away from the set anchor. In that case, it will sound an alarm and optionally send an SMS.

Android and Apple app
Be alert if your anchor drag with a simple yet full of features app.

Anchor Zone Alarm
Android and Apple app
Just draw a circle around your boat with a finger and turn it on. It does not get easier than that. Area alarm will help you to not get into trouble when sailing.