Top 5 Boating Apps for iPhone

Top 5 Boating Apps for iPhone

In this Tech-Savvy world, most boaters are equipped with a smartphone on their boating trips. Because technology is supposed to make things simpler, we have created a list of boat apps that really do make things easier for you.

1. Boater’s Pocket Reference Guide- $4.99

                By Double Dog StudiosBoating Apps


Developer Description:

Hundreds of pages of boating information on your iPhone,iPod Touch or iPad! The Boater’s Pocket Reference caters to all levels of boating expertise with a wide variety of content including 800 illustrations and photographs and a myriad of charts and graphs. Boater’s Pocket Reference is a popular and useful printed book and the app is even better.

Norton’s Review:

Everyone can use a little help every now and then. This app is a great quick reference guide for when you draw a blank. This app touches on everything from navigation to weather, rules of the road, and boat systems. Great essential Boating App to have!



2. Skipper- noaa marine charts- FREE

      By TrailbehindApps for Boaters


Developer Description:

Skipper is mobile charts done right. A seamless chart-plotter, with data synced across all of your devices, and backed up to the cloud. Convenience and power, charts and weather, wherever you cruise.

Norton’s Review:

This boating app is a great Chart-Plotter integrated with ActiveCaptain. Perfect All-in-One for navigating, tides, winds, and just finding places to stop for a bite to eat.


 3. Hi Tide-  $1.99

        By Bad Basenji Software


                                               Developer Description:

iPhone Boat AppsHi Tide is a top selling tide prediction application for the iPhone. Hi Tide provides fast and accurate tide predictions for over 2,800 locations along the U.S. East, West, and Gulf coasts, Alaska, Hawaii, and other U.S. territories.


Norton’s Review:

If you’re ever looking for a great strictly Tide Chart boating app, Hi Tide is the one we would suggest. It is EXTREMELY ACCURATE, and covers a wide selection of locations. Great Graphics!


4. SailFlow- FREE

        By WeatherFlow


                                              Developer Description:

Top Apps for Boating.SailFlow is a mobile application to locate, monitor, analyze, and share wind data whenever, wherever, and however you want it. With over 50,000 weather stations for real-time observations and our forecast system for observations anywhere in the world we make it easy for you to find the wind data you’re after no matter where you are. SailFlow is essential equipment for sailing!


Norton’s Review:

This boating App is the perfect example of sailors coming together to help one another. Not only does it use weather stations in order to give decent information, it also uses word of mouth from other sailors to ensure the MOST ACCURATE information.


5. Boating Suite- $4.99

  By Boating Suite, LLC


Developer Description:

BOATING SUITE is a professional and full-featured app for iOS 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.Find the best boating apps

Now you have a single app to log your trips plus track your fuel, maintenance, expenses and manage your boat(s). It will even help you remember stuff with its handy To-Do and Shopping Lists!

Norton’s Review:

This App is the ultimate app for Logging, Provisioning, and Ensuring every boat trip goes smoothly! No one wants to go out for a day of fun and then realize something essential was left behind. This app helps you stay organized for all your outings!

Learn to Sail: Weather Helm – Lee Helm

Weather helm lee helmWeather helm-lee helm- Norton YachtsWeather helm-lee helm- Norton YachtsLearn to Sail: Weather Helm – Lee Helm

A Little Weather Helm is a Good Thing

Two of the sailing terms you will learn in a Norton’s Sailing School ASA 101 Basic Sailing class are Weather Helm and Lee Helm. Weather Helm is the tendency for a boat to steer itself into the wind, while Lee Helm brings the bow of a sailboat away from the wind. Both of these trends are caused by an imbalance in the sail plan – on a sloop, too much mainsail or the mainsheet pulled in too far causes weather helm. Too much jib/genoa would conversely cause lee helm. The prudent captain strives for balance in a sail plan, but allows for slight weather helm.Weather Helm- Lee Helm-- Norton Yachts

If the weather conditions rapidly change for the worse and the helmsman loses control with weather helm, the boat would tend to come up into the wind and stall. In the same scenario, having lee helm would turn the boat downwind potentially culminating in a flying jibe and/or broaching (both dangerous situations).

As part of our ASA 101 on the water training, you will let go of the helm and experience the neutralizing effects of weather helm. The boat brings itself up into the wind/waves and stops.

Just remember, not to have too much of a “good thing”! With too much weather helm, you will be constantly fighting the tendency to turn into the wind requiring excess pressure on the rudder which in turn slows you down. That is why only a little weather helm is a good thing.