Listed below are iOS and Mac boating applications we own and recommend for general boating and cruising.   For more information, double click on the bold title or use the App Store List box below.

 

Note:  all of the iOS apps link to iTunes or the App Store.  This gives you an opportunity to gain further information about the app, read reviews and optionally purchase the items and it gives us a small percentage of earnings for our Development and Cruising Kitty, which we thank you for in advance.

General Boating iOS Apps: 

 

iNavx (iPhone)  - Works with the boat’s GPS or independently.  We also have NMEA AIS displayed, as well.

BoatRef - a must have comprehensive pocket boating reference (digital version of their book).

AyeTide (iPhone) / AyeTide XL (iPad) - awesome tide app (built-in, no wifi needed, which is great in the Bahamas) .

Hurricane Tracker a must have during hurricane season.  They are two different Hurricane apps and they are both worth having both.

Hurricane - a must have during hurricane season.  They are two different Hurricane apps and they are both worth having both.

Marinecast - one of the more comprehenisve weather apps.

Weather Channel  - quick weather update.

SkySafari 3wonderful reference for looking at the stars.

pUniverse - tells me which star I’m aiming at with the iOS device.

Navigation Rules Pro - quick reference or test your knowledge.

ColRegs: Nav Lights and Shapes - quick reference or test your knowledge. 

AIS Radar - good for near shore and coastal cruising

Boating Calc - fun tool for all kinds of boating calculations, especially, the finance calculators.

Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Systems - This is the BEST Book (but we couldn’t afford the dig copy, yet).

 

 

Cruising (and at home) iOS Apps: 

 

DropBox - Free and Secure place for boat, personal and insurance documents.  Dropbox syncs your files between devices and allows you to access them from a web.  A must have when you live a vessel, especially when cruising to other countries.

My Recie Book - Your recipes, finally organized on your iPad

YummySoup - another recipe app.  Different from My Recipe but not sure how well the iPad sync with the Mac version. 

1Password - system, web and account passwords as well as a safe place to store sensitive files.  1Password is synced between all devices with Dropbox which also provides cloud backup of the data.

Things - Is our To Do list for both the boat and ourselves.  Things has items, areas, projects and schedule tasks.  The project is great for tracking items for commissioning, decommissioning, next haul tasks, buying a boat and more).  Scheduled tasks (is great for tracking daily, weekly, monthly and annual item such as pouring vinegar in the heads, checking zincs, checking hoses/camps, and replacing water alarm batteries.  Things has the option of tags that can be filtered and organizes items in Today, Next, Someday, Scheduled, Areas and Projects.  Things is synced between all devices using Dropbox which also provides cloud backup of the content.

EverNotes -  is not as fast as Apple Notes but has significantly more features, including creating checklist and tagging.  Evernotes is synced between all devices which also provides cloud backup of the content.

Kindle - is great for going digital with the books.

Audible - audio books.

iThoughtsHD - is a mind mapping app that imports and exports to just about everything.

Penultimate - works with Evernote and is good for mocking up photos, etc.

Grafio - is what I've used for designing our the plumbing and other projects on the boat.

Numbers - for spread sheets.

Office 2 Plus - for spread sheets.

 

 

Mac Apps for Boating and Cruising

Note: not all items listed are in the Mac Store, yet.  And some are free. 

MacEnc - Create routes and waypoints on laptop or desktop and sync them with iOS devices.

GPSNavX - Create routes and waypoints on laptop or desktop and sync them with iOS devices. Note, we use MacENC.

DropBox - Free and Secure place for boat, personal and insurance documents.  Dropbox syncs your files between devices and allows you to access them from a web.  A must have when you live a vessel, especially when cruising to other countries.

EverNotes -  is not as fast as Apple Notes but has significantly more features, including creating checklist and tagging.  Evernotes is synced between all devices which also provides cloud backup of the content. 

1Password - system, web and account passwords as well as a safe place to store sensitive files.  1Password is synced between all devices with Dropbox which also provides cloud backup of the data.

Things - Is our To Do list for both the boat and ourselves.  Things has items, areas, projects and schedule tasks.  The project is great for tracking items for commissioning, decommissioning, next haul tasks, buying a boat and more).  Scheduled tasks (is great for tracking daily, weekly, monthly and annual item such as pouring vinegar in the heads, checking zincs, checking hoses/camps, and replacing water alarm batteries.  Things has the option of tags that can be filtered and organizes items in Today, Next, Someday, Scheduled, Areas and Projects.  Things is synced between all devices using Dropbox which also provides cloud backup of the content.

YummySoup - another recipe app.  Different from My Recipe but not sure about the syncing with iPad

Kindle - is great for going digital with the books.

Delicious 2 Library - Book inventory with option for bluetooth scanner.  We have 118 books on the boat and hundreds more Mom’s.   We’ve used the bluetooth scanner the scan and re-scan books on the boat, old office and previous home.

Handbrake -DVD to hard drive (not as fast but efficient)

Ripit - DVD to hard drive (fast but takes space)

Numbers - for spread sheets.

MoneyWell - Budgeting

 

 

Side Note:  a portable printer  (e.g. Canon iP100), paper-feed scanner (Neat), surface scanner (IRIScan or less expensive VuPoint surface scanner) and labelmakers (Brother PC Connectable Labeler) are also helpful to have onboard for cruising (e.g.pre-printing entrance forms, labeling wires and boxes, etc.).  We have all but the VuPoint.