Best sailing apps

We made a selection of the best sailing apps based on their quality, our experience, user reviews, and overall reliability. 

 

Good preparation is half the victory. In this day and age when we get most of our information from our smart devices, it is useful to know which devices can be most helpful on a sailing trip.

Before you set sail, download these apps that will take your navigational confidence to the next level.

However, sailing can also be dangerous if you are not properly prepared. Having the right training, tools, and safety equipment is a must when you are out on the open ocean.

We have selected the best sailing apps to help you find the resources you need for a safe and healthy sailing vacation. Check out the apps before you grab your favorite topsiders and head to port.

 

BEST SAILING APPS 

 

NAVIGATION AND ANCHORING SAILING APPS

 

1. NAVIONICS EUROPE

iPhone rating: ★★★★

Price: 34 Euros 

Android rating: ★★★★

Price: 40 Euros 

Most popular boating app in the world! A favorite among cruisers, anglers, sailors, and divers. Whit this app you can pre-plan your cruising itinerary, plan your route, calculate fuel, log miles, etc... Find the same detailed charts and advanced features as on the best GPS plotters. This sailing app includes the Navionics+ subscription. There is also an option to subscribe for other areas Alternatively, a free version is also available on the store that offers basic features, and you can upgrade to Navionics+ In-App. To enjoy charts in HD, search for our iPad apps. 

https://www.navionics.com/gbr/apps/navionics-boating

 

2. MARINE TRAFFIC

 MarineTraffic

digital compass

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

If you want to get where you’re trying to go, a reliable compass is crucial for navigating in open water. Digital Compass promises to be high precision, offering a true heading and a magnetic heading. And its simple interface makes it easy to read. It also includes a map view with latitude, longitude, and address.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ktwapps.digitalcompass&hl=hr&gl=US

 

WEATHER SAILING APPS

 

iPhone rating: ★★★★★ 4,7

Android rating: ★★★★

Price: Free

Windy (also known as Windyty) is an extraordinary tool for weather forecast visualization. This fast, intuitive, detailed, and most accurate weather app is trusted by professional and recreational l sailors. App gives you all forecast models at once for free.  You can find the world's leading weather forecasting models: global ECMWF and GFS, plus local NEMS and ICON (for Europe). Thirty-five different layers from wind, rain, temperature, humidity, and pressure to swell or CAPE index, with Windy, you will have all convenient weather layers just at your fingertips.

https://windy.app/

 

2. BLITZORTNUNG LIVE

blitzortnung live

iPhone rating: ★★★★★ 4

Price: Free

Android rating: ★★★★

Price: Free

In the summertime in Croatia, there is often a high risk of isolated thunderstorms. Before we counted the time between lightning and sound and divide it by three to calculate distance from us. These days are gone with Lightning maps and the Blitzortnung app. The sailing app shows lightning in real-time. You can enable push alerts to get informed when lightning in your area occurred. These alerts are extremely fast, they often pop up just a few seconds after the lightning strike.

https://map.blitzortung.org/#1/52/8

 

USEFUL APPS FOR SAILING

 

1. KNOTS 3D

Knots 3D apps

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: $1.99

The granny knot may be fine for your shoelaces, but it has no place on a boat. Do you know your bowline from your half hitch? How about a sheet bend? Knots are extremely important for all kinds of purposes aboard a ship. This sailing app will help you master 121 knots. Animated tying and untying how-tos demonstrate from different perspectives. This app is a must. After all, the last thing you want is to head for a shore excursion and return to the dock to find your boat has floated away!

https://knots3d.com/