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Old 02-02-2016, 01:42   #1
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Hi, any experience with Anchor Apps? Would be great to hear your thoughts and recommendations. Thanks.
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Old 02-02-2016, 06:06   #2
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Anchor watch works for me..

#https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...r.anchor&hl=en
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Hello, I use the anchor alarm feature in this app https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...vigator.marine and I am especially happy with the "Late Set" option.

The app has version for iOS also - Weather Navigator.

I hope it is helpful
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Re: Anchor Apps

I have had no success with them. They all seem to be money hungry chart sellers who require 24/7 internet access.

So I am interested if someone has a recommendation for one that can be used offline with a cached Google earth image, or Google Maps.



I use a handheld GPS and if its really stormy have my laptop and OpenCpn working
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Why do you need an image for an anchor alarm? It is only telling that you are outside of a circle set around the initial setup point.
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I've used them all. Anchor watch is the best for me on iPad or iPhone, however of late we are just using the opencpn anchor alarm which works very well.
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So I am interested if someone has a recommendation for one that can be used offline with a cached Google earth image, or Google Maps.


Don't know of any that need on-line access.

FWIW, I've used Draq Queen, works fine as long as the device battery is up to the task.

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Re: Anchor Apps

about 50% of the time I'm either busy or forgetting to set the anchor alarm exactly at the point when the anchor is dropped e.g. the "Late Set" feature is the only important one in my case... else there are plenty of anchor alarms available in iOS and GooglePlay stores...
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Hi, any experience with Anchor Apps? Would be great to hear your thoughts and recommendations. Thanks.
Phone and tablet devices only have class B gps. They waste time trying to find a data connection.

We've found the opencpn anchor alarm using a dedicated gps puck to be much more consistent. (No false positives)

We've tried most of the apps and found sailmate on android to be quite good. The calling function on alarm is good. Like any smartphone option the acquisition of gps location indoors can take a while.

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Phone and tablet devices only have class B gps. They waste time trying to find a data connection.
That may be true of some iDevices, but it's not so for the majority of phones and tablets.

I've used Anchor Watch on different phones and tablets in many locations with and without cell connectivity , in/out of Flight Mode with wireless turned on/off. Never found any difference in how long it takes to get a GPS fix.

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I have had no success with them. They all seem to be money hungry chart sellers who require 24/7 internet access.

So I am interested if someone has a recommendation for one that can be used offline with a cached Google earth image, or Google Maps.
I don't see the point in an anchor app having a chart display. When I've dropped anchor, I can see where I am on the chartplotter. All I need is a simple app to show how much I am moving, warn me if I've moved outside the swing radius and which lets me modify the safe circle with guard zones if I am anchored close to something in one direction.


I an a very happy user of Anchor Watch - Once I am anchored I just tell it how far away the anchor is initially and in what direction. And if necessary modify the safe circle. I can see the swing trace at any time and know that if I go beyond te set boundary it will scream at me.
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That may be true of some iDevices, but it's not so for the majority of phones and tablets.

I've used Anchor Watch on different phones and tablets in many locations with and without cell connectivity , in/out of Flight Mode with wireless turned on/off. Never found any difference in how long it takes to get a GPS fix.


I don't see the point in an anchor app having a chart display. When I've dropped anchor, I can see where I am on the chartplotter. All I need is a simple app to show how much I am moving, warn me if I've moved outside the swing radius and which lets me modify the safe circle with guard zones if I am anchored close to something in one direction.


I an a very happy user of Anchor Watch - Once I am anchored I just tell it how far away the anchor is initially and in what direction. And if necessary modify the safe circle. I can see the swing trace at any time and know that if I go beyond te set boundary it will scream at me.

That is basically what I would be looking for. A simple and reliable backup. Sounds like I will try it out.
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I use Sailsafe on my Sony Xperia and have not had any problems with it so far. The free version just has the basics but the full version allows you to set up an inner and outer circle and a sector, so if the wind shifts and you end up on a leeshore it will warn you. It also has an "adjust anchor position" option for those days when you forget to click the start button which uses distance and bearing. It also runs in the background and continues to work when the phone is "snoozing" as long as you have it set up in your Power Management settings (essential for all anchor alarm apps I would think).

Accuracy is, as always, dependant on GPS signal but as my phone picks up GLONASS as well as GPS I rarely have less than 12 satellites in view. If I can pick up a wifi signal then I'll update the aGPS data as well but generally it's not essential.

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Seeing the google earth image can help occasionally with checking how close you might swing to rocks, shallows, moorings or the beach. It handy occasionally. I don't know of any that can show it without data connection to at least download the initial map and I'd assume it's impossible.
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Monte has a good point and before signing up to a contract on my mobile I would use a little bit of roaming data from time to time to stream the map to my alarm app. PAYG has its advantages sometimes.

I do recall when I first got a smartphone that Google Maps would allow you to download up to 5 areas for offline use. For reasons best known to them this ended with an update a few years ago, big mistake in my opinion. Perhaps a developer can code this feature back into an anchor app? or use the same maps that OSMAnd+ uses offline
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We've found the opencpn anchor alarm using a dedicated gps puck to be much more consistent. (No false positives)
OpenCPN has an anchor alarm function? Assist please.
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