Sailing is one of the oldest means of traveling and doing business but over time, it has also turned into a recreation and sport activity. There are a number of sailing enthusiasts worldwide who indulge in cruising and racing through boats and yachts. But unlike many other fun activities, sailing requires a lot of experience, skills, and information at hand. You would not want to be facing trouble in the middle of the water that you could have avoided otherwise or would have been well prepared to tackle.
There are all sorts of devices and tools that you can carry to your next sailing trip but thanks to modern technological advances, you can replace a few of them through the usage of sailing apps. All you need is your smartphone and you are good to go. In this article, we will tell you about the best sailing apps that you should try in 2022.
Navionics (Boating Marine & Lakes)
Navionics is one of the best and easy-to-use apps for navigation. It offers detailed marine and lake nautical charts and advanced features like GPS plotters. It supports 2D and 3D graphic overlays and real-time weather and tide updates to improve your cruising, fishing, and sailing navigation experience.
The app is free but the paid version gives you access to Nautical Chart, Sonarchart, community edits, ActiveCaptain community, and the ability to download chart layers for offline use. It further offers NOAA charts for the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean to Brazil, Pacific Islands, Asia, and Africa. All charts are available to download with up to 5,000 updates daily.
Savvy Navvy is packed with details about routing, active tracking, tidal graphs, weather forecasts, and chart data. It has additional features like departure tracking, record GPS tracks, automatic weather routing, and marina information. You can easily plot the route on the app and export it in GPX file format to use with your own chart plotter.
The premium version of the app offers unlimited worldwide charts, multi-day weather forecasts, unlimited GPS trackers, multi-day departure scheduler, offline charts and weather, satellite chart overlay, and anchor alarm.
As the name suggests, Windy is an app dedicated to providing weather updates. It is your one-stop destination to get weather radar, satellite, wind, waves, and hurricanes forecast. The visual representation of all these data is what makes this app even better, especially when compared to others.
It collects weather forecast data from numerous leading as well as local weather forecast models. You can even compare forecast models to get a better idea of what could be coming next. The best part is that it is a completely free app with no ads.
Tides Planner is an app that does exactly what its name stands for. It provides tides-related data for over 8,000 locations around the globe. It has features like tidal graphs, week ahead tide table, min/max depths, sunrise/sunset time, dawn/twilight, and moon phases with rise/set.
Navily is an app all about helping you find the best anchoring spots. It boasts a database of over 25,000 marinas and anchorages. It has built a community of half a million users who have contributed with more than 200,000 photos and comments.
The app provides real-time warnings on anchorages and Emergency SOS. You can also chat with other community members and marinas. The paid version adds features like weather forecasts, distance calculation, automatic itineraries, offline support, and advanced map filters.
If you are someone who takes his/her knot tying skills seriously, Knots 3D is the app for you. It offers 3D tutorials for 164 types of knots. You can easily play/pause and adjust the playback speed of the animation as per your preference. The knots can be rotated in 360-degree so that you can study them from every angle.