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Old 03-04-2019, 18:21   #1
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Hi I was hoping to find some advice on good apps to get. I see that there are a lot. have downloaded Tides near me. I was hoping people had suggestions for good apps to get. I just bought my first boat 30 foot Catalina sailboat that's up the Connecticut River I need to be go south down the river into the Long Island Sound to eventually bring it up the Hudson River. The current boat owner has agreed to take me down the river into long island sound, and then I'll be with my cousin (an experienced sailer).... Also if anybody had some general advice on how this website really works. Much appreciated
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Old 03-04-2019, 18:47   #2
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Besides tide apps, which you can never have too many of, I would recommend a few weather apps such as windy and wx. Of course opencpn is a must. Charts for open captain can we found on the Noaa website.


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The only app I use is AquaMaps with the Active Captain landed to it
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I like the iSailGPS app (unfortunately for iphones/ipads only), it uses free NOAA charts. It's nice in the day sailors I take out of Norwalk, which have only a depthsounder and VHF as far as electronics go.
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make sure your cousin understands the timing of the tide through Hell Gate going up the East River from the LI Sound to the Hudson, 5 kt currents and pretty tight quarters at times, it can get squirrely

google actually has a 'street view' of the trip, kinda cool

Not sure how far north you're heading, but there's a lot of 'stuff' heading down the river in early spring. I've seen whole trees, root end down, branches sticking out of the water, heading down stream this time of year, it gets worse the farther north you go.
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Welcome aboard Mary Jane! If you have a question you can always use the search mode up in the bar above too. For a cell phone I too use ISailGPS. Navionics is also popular for navigating. For weather I have 4 or 5 but the ones that I keep turning to are "Outcast," "Windy" or "Windyty" and also "Weather Map" both of those two show windflow and weather prediction. They all have proved very accurate for where I live.
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