Navimatics Charts&Tides has done a nice job of merging NOAA vector charts
with ActiveCaptain points-of-interest. It's inexpensive and well done. We get no royalties, fees
, or anything from it. I'm just a normal user even though I'm the developer of ActiveCaptain.
I'm totally frustrated using iNavX
. It's the only software
for my iPhone
that I wish I could get my money
back on. And at $50 it's also the most expensive product I've purchased.
charting apps should be looked at. I love the ability to look at charts
and the tide integration they've done is pretty good. To be honest, I'm using the Navimatics tide integration more these days - they have a very similar thing.
I use general weather
apps (Weather Channel, WeatherBug, etc).
I don't like the various anchor alarm
programs - there are at least 3 of them currently (maybe 4). I'm totally biased because I'm writing my own right now. None of the others implement an anchor alarm properly and all miss some important capabilities.
I use ShralpTide for quick offline tide prediction. It's free and needs no internet
connection to show the tide predictions. There's no reason to buy an app that does this. ShralpTide is great at quickly showing the tide at the closest station to where you are located.
I use BuoyData to show the NDBC data using the internet
. It has a nice interface and is easy to get the current
conditions. Predictions are nice to have - knowing what's actually happening out there is better most of the time!
I use both the Planets and Stars apps. Both are good at finding stars and exploring the night sky at anchor.
For wind/wave prediction, I like Windfinder, Swell Info, and Wind
Guru. Swell Info especially is nice for coastal cruising. It's often the case that NOAA predictions are for as much as 20 nm offshore
. Conditions just a few miles offshore
are often different. Swell Info provides some of that.
I use HanDBase with custom databases to track everything on my boat (Projects, Parts
Reminders, Captain's Log, Fuel
Log, and Spares).
I use AroundMe and DexKnows to find things when we land onshore. Dog Parks is another nice, free app that helps find places to bring our dogs
when we land.
I have a variety of other apps that I experiment
with but none that make it to my list of "these are the ones I really use"...