Top 10 iPhone And iPad Sailing Apps

There are some phenomenal sailing apps available in the Apple app store. Whether you need weather advice and forecasting, knot guides, flag signal information, racing rules or even a whole social sailing community they are all available. We have selected the very best for our top 10 iPhone and iPad sailing apps. Take a look at these and down load a few before your next voyage.

iGrib

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iGrib is a GRIB (GRIdded Binary) file viewer for the iPad and iPhone. It allows you to see the same data that the professionals use for forecasting. This app is particularly valuable for people like sailors who require a longer range forecast.

This app is available for $4.99 and you can download it here.

Knot Guide HD

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Knot Guide NOW includes the following 95 knots, 83 of which are unique:

Alpine Butterfly on a Bight, Adjustable Bend, Adjustable Loop, Albright Knot, Alpine Butterfly on a Bight, Anchor Bend, Arbor Knot, Ashley’s Stopper, Bachmann Hitch, Back Splice, Blake’s Hitch, Blood Knot, Bowline, Bowline on a Bight, Braid Knot, Buntline Hitch, Cleat Hitch with Round Turn, Carrick Bend, Chain Sinnet, Cleat Hitch, Clinch Knot, Clove Hitch, Clove Hitch on a Bight, Constrictor, Countryman’s Knot, Cow Hitch, Diagonal Lashing, Double Figure Eight Loop, Double Fisherman’s, Double Overhand Stopper, Double Sheet Bend, Double Surgeon’s Loop, Eye Splice, Figure Eight Follow Through, Figure Eight Knot, Figure Eight Loop, Fisherman’s Bend, Fisherman’s Knot, Flemish Flake, Gasket Coil, Girth Hitch, Highwayman’s Hitch, Honda Knot, Hunter’s Bend, Improved Clinch Knot, Jug Sling, Klemheist Knot, Lariat, Lark’s Head, Lumberman’s Knot, Monkey Fist, Mooring Hitch, Munter Hitch, Nail Knot, Overhand Knot, Oysterman’s Stopper, Palomar Knot, Perfection Loop, Prusik Knot, Rapala, Reef Knot, Rigger’s Bend, Rolling Hitch, Rosendahl Bend, Rosendahl Loop, Round Lashing, Running Bowline, Running Knot, Sailor’s Gripping Hitch, Sailor’s Whipping, San Diego Jam Knot, Shear Lashing, Sheepshank, Sheet Bend, Simple Simon Under, Sledge Knot, Slim Beauty, Slip, Square, Square Lashing, Stevedore, Surgeon’s Knot, Tautline Hitch, Timber Hitch, Trucker’s Hitch (1), Trucker’s Hitch (2), True Lover’s Knot, Turk’s Head 3L5B, Turle Knot, Two Half Hitches, Uni Knot, Water Bowline, West Country Whipping, Yosemite Bowline, Zeppelin Bend, Zeppelin Loop

This app is available for $2.99 and you can download it here

Sailing and Boating Community

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Cruisersforum.com is the leading online community for Sailboat owners, Cruisers and Boaters. This app allows you to access the forums on your iPhone or iPad so you can post questions from the dock, bay or anytime aboard. Upload photos to let other Cruisers know what you are up to and stay connected with other boating and sailing enthusiasts. This app also enables you to check our classifieds for currently available boats or crew positions, get the up to date information on navigation and keep up with the latest innovations from boat builders. Liveaboards will find this app especially useful when planning the next leg of a cruise.

This app is free and you can download it here.

Signal Flags Info

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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.

This app is free and you can download it here

Sailboat Race Starter

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SRS is an ISAF Countdown Timer for racing sailboats.

✔ Includes sync feature which allows you to sync your time with the race committee if you miss the warning signal.

✔ Audible alerts and vibration as timer approaches race start.

✔ Mark both ends of the start line using GPS technology and the app will determine how far away from the line you are, and how long it will take to get there. The FIRST and ONLY app in the App Store to offer this feature.

✔ Screen stays alive and will not go to sleep during start sequence, unlike similar copycat apps.

This app is $5.99 and you can download it here.

Marine Charts

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✓ All US charts included – No regional restrictions or individual charts to pay for and manage. Covers all NOAA Coastal, Great Lakes, and US Territories (USVI, Puerto Rico, etc…) also Army Corps charted major inland rivers.

✓ Most up-to-date charts – These charts are automatically updated every 7 days directly from NOAA’s servers.

✓ Online / Offline support – Not connected? Use thr offline map downloads and POIs for voyages when you aren’t connected to the internet.

✓ Integrated weather – Real-time weather and tide lookup including marine forecast, NOAA weather buoys, airport observations, and 3-day tides.

 

This app is available for $9.99 and you can download it here.

RYA Handy Racing Rules

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Handy Racing Rules is a quick reference tool for the most common Racing Rules of Sailing, a mobile application equivalent to the very popular RYA Handy Guide. The text for the Rules Dispute Best Practice from the RYA is also included. All rules shown are referenced against the ISAF Racing Rules.

Racing Rules is part of a series of RYA applications developed in partnership with Imray and Tucabo. The Imray Marine Navigation series covers an extensive range of reference material useful to leisure sailors, fishermen, surfers and people involved in sea water sports. The Imray Marine products are intended for quick reference and learning.

Beautifully illustrated with diagrams and short, clear text. Quickly check and remind yourself about racing rules, right-of-way, room, penalties, signals and protest procedures.

INCLUDES
- Principles
- Right of way
- Limitations
- Obstructions
- Conduct of the race, starting
- Penalties
- Incidents and protests

LANGUAGES
English, Spanish, Swedish

This app is available for $1.99 and you can download it here

FlyToMap GPS HD – All in one (Park Marine Lake Travel maps)

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The new ‘iPhone Marine Navigator’: it contains embedded Electronic Nautical Charts (ENC) from NOAA and Corps of Engineers compressed to store the largest coverage. You can transform your iPhone in a chart plotter with best NOAA-USACE, ENC S57 cartography; which includes Coastline, Anchoring areas, Fishing areas, Restriction areas, Obstructions, Rocks, Buoys, Beacons, Lights, Depth contours (with values displayed in real time on map), Spot Soundings and more. Every effort is made to be as accurate as possible when presenting information for every sea area.

- LAKE MAPS:

High quality lake maps with detailed information and important features compressed to assure the larger coverage. Lake maps contain the most important lakes with detailed Depth Contours, Boat Ramps, Fishing spots etc. Maps also include Trails, Roads and Railways information.

This app is available for $0.99 and you can download it here

Tide Graph HD

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Tide Graph HD uses the harmonic predictions from thousands of US coastal stations and presents them in a fun and interactive graph. And now, in version 2.0 you also get an intuitive graph that shows sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset, and moon phase at a glance. Save recent locations, find locations using GPS location, and save graphs for later.

Tides have a great influence on the lives of boaters, fishermen, surfers, coastal communities, marine life, and vacationers just to name a few. Directly or indirectly, the great flow of our massive ocean bodies of water impact the daily lives of everyone on this planet.

The cyclical movement of the Earth’s tides are caused by a combination of the gravitational forces of the sun and moon as well as the shape of the costal region. Unlike simple tide clocks that you can buy in novelty stores, more accurate tide predictions use special data gathered by instruments located at each tide station. The data from these measurements are used to determine the harmonic components which then feed into the mathematical algorithms which predict tides for the future. The end results are tested for accuracy and adjustments are made as necessary.

Tide Graph has US owned Tide Stations Only. An internet connection is required to get the latest tide graph. – See TideGraph.com for a complete list of stations.

This app is available for $1.99 and you can download it here.

NOAA Buoy and Tide Data

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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.

The perfect tool to help plan your time on the water.

* Search for buoys by name or region.
* View buoys near you with customizable search radius.
* Use GPS or manually entered location.
* Works on all iPhone, iPod, and iPad versions.
* Map of buoy locations.
* Detailed live buoy data with access to location specific forecasts.
* Save your favorites for easy access.
* Quick access to buoy’s website from within the application.
* Buoys sorted by proximity to your selected location.
* Tide Predictions.

Data can include wind speed, gusts, and direction as well as pressure and other relevant marine data.

This app is available for $1.99 and you can download it here

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