Boating Safety: Recommended Mobile Apps
There are many useful apps available for boaters. Below are a small selection of ones recommended by our Freedom Boat Club captains.
Nautical GPS Charts
(Free basic version, paid upgrade)
Nautical charts for cruising, fishing, sailing and diving, with the same detailed marine & lake charts and advanced features as on GPS plotters. There are many different versions dedicated to different regions, including USA, US & Canada, Europe Asia & Africa, Marine & Lakes, and more.
RadarNow! Weather Radar
Quickly see an animated radar image and current conditions—no digging through menus to see if a storm is on the way. RadarNow! provides National Weather Service (NWS) Enhanced Radar “Base” (N0R) images from the NOAA WSR-88D NEXRAD Radar sites located around the US. Radar images are downloaded directly from NWS servers so are always the most current available. When you start the app, the radar images are from the site closest to your location.
Storm for iPhone and iPad is the most advanced severe weather app available, bringing you the highest definition radar, advanced storm tracking, and real-time severe weather alerts. Leave storm chasing to the pros and let Storm guide you to safety!
Tides Near Me
Shelter Island Mapping Company, LLC
This app focuses on nearby tide stations and current tidal conditions. Quickly learn the time of the last and next tide and current, as well as when the sun and moon will rise or set. Fully automated tide tables, charts, predictions, and up-to-date tidal information on over 5,500 tidal stations in the US, UK (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and India.
This app provides the world’s most accurate hyper-local weather forecasts in addition to interactive radar, satellite maps and severe weather alerts.