One of the best parts during sailing holidays is your chance to get out on the water and unplug. But, let's admit it, fellow sailors! As much as we need to disconnect from our devices and internet daily routine, we always leave a small window open to technology that can offer easy and quick solutions to any matter that may come up during our -free and salty- lifestyle by the sea. We made a selection of the top apps you will need on bareboat holidays, for safety, convenience and fun:
1. Anchor Watch / Alarm
For iPhone, iPad ($0.99) and Android (FREE)
No more sleepless nights worrying for the weather dragging your boat. A nice, easy to use app that offers peace of mind when sleeping on board! Anchor watch app is a position logger (through GPS), SMS alarm and sound alarm which monitors the device's current location and alerts you with an alarm and SMS in case you drift too far from the anchor.
2.OpenCPNFor Android, Windows, Linux and MAC OS X (FREE)
OpenCPN is a free, community developed and supported software to create a concise chart plotter and navigation software. It is designed to be used at the helm station of your boat while underway, allowing you to chart a course and track your position right from your mobile device or laptop. 3. Windy For iPhone, iPad and Android (FREE) An app created by wind-addicted for the wind-addicted, makes one the best apps for kiteboarding, sailing and fishing enthusiasts! Windy app offers forecasts for waves, tides and wind. Nice, easy to use design and beautiful visuals offer a great experience, and accurate predictions!
3. Marine TrafficFor iPhone, iPad ($4.99) Android ($3.99), Windows phone ($3.49) Marine Traffic app displays near real-time positions of ships and yachts worldwide. Connected to the largest network of AIS receivers, the app covers most major ports and shipping routes.
4. NavionicsFor iPhone, iPad ($20.99), and Android ($15.99)
A favorite among cruisers, sailors, fishermen and divers. The world’s #1 Boating app, that could be easily considered as your backup navigation system! With worldwide maps available, you can safely explore the seas wherever your wanderlust will lead you. For tablets, use the HD app.
And a bonus extra, everyone will love!
5. Sky Guide / Stellarium Mobile Sky appFor iPhone, iPad ($2.99), and Android ($2.69)
Who doesn’t love gazing the star-flooded summer sky! It is not only irresistible, but also impossible to spend the night on board and not let your mind get wonderfully lost in the starlight sky. Sky Guide is a beautiful and easy to use star gazing app, that will automatically adjust to your viewing direction so you can identify stars, planets constellations and more.
Note: Since not all apps perform the same on all devices, we would strongly advise to test run the apps before setting off for your sailing holiday, for your safety and convenience!