Six Apps for Better Boating

Six Apps for Better Boating

Whether you prefer Apple or Android, or small-screen phone or large-screen tablet, there's a boating app with your name on it. Use your smartphone or tablet for help on everything from navigation and weather reports to emergency support, charting and more. Check out some of our favorites. - Stephanie Norris

Six Apps for Better Boating

Boating Magazine
Did you really think we'd begin with anything else? Bring Boating to life with our digital edition and enjoy the convenience of having your fave magazine on demand. The app downloads for free — log in to your paid digital subscription or purchase individual monthly issues for $3.99. iTunes

Six Apps for Better Boating

NOAA SuperRes Radar US – HD; $2.99
In addition to Level 2 radar mosaics, you get NOAA Radar US+, which offers access to hurricane tracks and water vapor imagery, three- and six-day precipitation and pressure forecasts, weather warnings, seven-day forecasts, cloud cover and satellite imagery for the continental U.S. and more. iTunes

Six Apps for Better Boating

Knots 3D, 99 cents
Need a refresher on how to tie a knot? Knots 3D will teach you 92 unique knots. Watch knots tie themselves and rotate 360 degrees with 3-D views, and learn reference information, including strength and reliability, and structural info. No ­Wi-Fi? Knot a problem. This app is completely self-contained — no Internet required. iTunes, Google Play

Six Apps for Better Boating

BlueChart Mobile; Free
Plan trips around marina points of interest and slipways; search detailed maps with shaded depth contours and intertidal zones; track weather conditions and view tide station information. Bonus: This Garmin app also allows you to wirelessly transfer your selected routes to a Garmin chart plotter. iTunes

Six Apps for Better Boating

Boating Suite; $4.99
Whether you're a boating newbie or a seasoned captain, this app is sure to help you keep your notes in order. Features include a logbook to record trip details, engine hours, air temperature and crew, as well as separate logs for fuel, expenses, maintenance, vessel information, shopping lists, to-do lists and usage reports. iTunes

Six Apps for Better Boating

Tide Graph HD; $1.99
Tides can greatly affect a boating excursion. Be prepared. Interactive graphs show sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset and moon phase. Additional features include a GPS locator, a calendar date picker and saved tide tables. iTunes