PadGadget Weekly App Series — Apps for Boating and Sailing

For today’s Weekly App Series we’ve found six great apps to add to your iPad collection. We have included six apps for boating and sailing in this week’s bundle. Our editorial team goes through the data, picks the best and most interesting apps and then brings them to you on a regular basis.

We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great apps and we’ll continue to look for the best apps on a weekly basis. Be sure to check them out because these apps might just be what you’re looking for.

This week’s category is: Boating and Sailing Apps

1. Ship Finder HDShip Finder HD ($6.99) – This app gives any boating enthusiast near real time virtual radar AIS maps that make it possible to learn the boats that are out and about on the water, track friends and family or learn the shipping route trails. As an added bonus you can also track vessels by name and see photographs of ships. Equal parts general interest, safety and navigation, Ship Finder is a bargain for the price.


2. Navigation RulesNavigation Rules ($3.99) – This app provides a full digital copy of the “International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (COLREGS), including amendments and the Inland Navigation Rules, in effect for all inland waters, including the Great Lakes. App is COLREGs most recent version dated – October 19, 2009.” Using a handy table of contents and search functions, this app is a very handy reference! A nice added feature is the ability to email specific regulations which makes sharing them with other members of your party very easy.


3. National Fishing ReportNational Fishing Report ($3.99) – An app designed by fishermen for fishermen, the National Fishing Report gives you links to weather forecasts, marine forecasts, details on fishing tournaments and a whole lot more! Helpful details on sunrises, sunsets, tide details, air temperature, sea temperature, wind speed and direction and all the little details that mean the difference between a successful day on the water and not are included here.


4. Gaia GPSGaia GPS ($9.99) – Gaia GPS prides itself on being the ultimate iPad GPS app for backcountry, off-grid, and off-trail adventures which lends itself well to your boating, sailing and fishing expeditions! Perfect for downloading maps for use when you don’t have an Internet connection and filled with features like map overlays and handy tracking of waypoints and taking and logging photographs. The core strength of this app is the limitless number of customizations you can perform that make this one into a real outdoor companion.


5. WindForecastWindForecast ($2.99) – Whether you are touring around on your yacht, sailing on a lovely Sunday afternoon or out doing a little fishing… wind is kind of important. You need to know what the wind is doing with reasonable accuracy if you want to stay safe and be prepared. WindForecast will help you by providing wind forcast details for virtually any location in the world with the tap of a finger on one of their maps. For those of us only familiar with one (or a few) units of measure, this app provides wind speed details in m/s, knots, mph, km/h!


6. Tide Graph HDTide Graph HD ($1.99) – Using the harmonic predictions from thousands of US coastal stations, Tide Graph HD presents you with an interactive graph that tells you sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset, and moon phase for your chosen location. Because the movement of the waters you are riding on can be critical to your safety, an app like this is a must-have.



Don’t forget that your iPad isn’t really all that fond of swimming: consider investing in waterproof protection like the cases made by moxiware or DryCASE.

Note: For additional information, check out the PadGadget Apps Tracker. Our tracker provides an easy way to constantly monitor the App Store to find the best iPad apps for you. If you loved these apps, be sure to check out our Weekly Series list of apps for the iPad.

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  • Robert BookApple

    great apps… very useful!

  • hotelsnearthames

    These are really great apps. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to try them. :)