The Top 7 Boating Apps

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There are a lot of boating apps out there. From navigational tools to fishing aids, the boat-related topics covered are seemingly endless. We have sorted through a ton of these apps to bring you our favorites. We based our analysis on how useful and accurate the conveyed information is.

 1. My Radar NOAA Weather Radar

  • WHAT: Live Weather Radar & Forecast
  • PRICE: Free
  • RATING: 4.8 out of 5 stars
  • DETAILS: MyRadar is a fast, powerful, easy-to-use weather app that displays animated weather radar around your current location to quickly show what weather is coming your way. Just start the app; your location pops up with animated live radar, with radar loop lengths of up to two hours. This basic functionality provides the quickest way to get a snapshot of weather on-the-go, and it's what has made MyRadar so successful over the years. Check your phone and get an instant assessment of the weather that will impact your day. MyRadar also can send weather and environmental alerts, including alerts from the National Weather Service, such as Tornado and Severe Weather alerts. A new feature introduced in this version of MyRadar includes the ability to receive alerts based off Tropical Storm and Hurricane activity; you can configure the app to send you an alert any time a tropical storm or hurricane forms, or is upgraded or downgraded.

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 2. My Tide Times

  • WHAT: Tides, Forecasts, and Predictions  
  • PRICE: Free
  • RATING: 4.7 out of 5 stars
  • DETAILS:
    • Supports over 9,000 tidal stations across over 40 countries (including the US, Canada, UK, The Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand)
    • Find the nearest tide tables to you when the app opens, so you can get relevant tide predictions no matter where you are
    • View sunrise & sunset times for all locations alongside the tides in the application
    • Moonrise, moonset and moon phase information
    • View currents information for selected locations around the US & Canada (Simply tap on a tide station, if there's currents information you'll see an extra tab)
    • Never worry about manually updating data because the app takes care of that for you
    • See 7-day forecasts for all locations (some even have 30-day charts)

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3. Navionics – Boating Marine and Lakes
  • WHAT: Nautical GPS Charts  
  • PRICE: Free
  • RATING: 3.2 out of 5 stars
  • DETAILS: Nautical charts for cruising, fishing, sailing, diving and all your activities on the water. Get the same detailed marine and lake charts and advanced features as on the best GPS plotters. Plan routes for your next coastal cruising adventure, and improve your depth awareness to find the best fishing spots with our contour maps. You can sail with confidence knowing you have a variety of helpful features at your fingertips.

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4. Windy.com
  • WHAT: Professional Weather App  
  • PRICE: Free
  • RATING: 4.8 out of 5 stars
  • DETAILS: Windy (also known as Windyty) is an extraordinary tool for weather forecast visualization. This fast, intuitive, detailed, and accurate weather app is trusted by professional pilots, paragliders, skydivers, kiters, surfers, boaters, fishermen, storm chasers, and weather geeks, as well as by governments, army staff and rescue teams. Whether you are tracking a tropical storm or potentially severe weather, planning a trip, pursuing your favorite outdoor sport, or you just need to know if it will rain this weekend, Windy provides you with the most up-to-date weather forecast around.

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5. Fishbrain
  • WHAT: Social Fishing for Anglers   
  • PRICE: Free 30 day trial, $9.99/month
  • RATING: 4.7 out of 5 stars
  • DETAILS: Whether you're a pro or casual angler, Fishbrain helps you find best possible fishing experience. With 4 million recorded catches and 1.7 million fishing waters, Fishbrain is the biggest source of up-to-date fishing information in the world. Most importantly, you can choose to share your catch location - or not! It's always your choice. Your secret spots always stay secret.

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 6. United States Coast Guard

  • WHAT: Official U.S. Coast Guard App
  • PRICE: Free
  • RATING: 3.1 out of 5 stars
  • DETAILS: With the U.S. Coast Guard app, you can identify boating safety laws, requirements and resources in your home state, the state where you keep your vessel or the state where you are planning to navigate.
You can request a vessel safety check from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and determine what safety equipment you are required to carry by law based on the size and type of vessel you are operating. The app also recommends additional safety equipment you might want to consider. While you cannot file a float plan directly with the Coast Guard, the app helps you develop a float plan that will allow your responsible party to provide search and rescue coordinators with important information they can use to facilitate a missing or overdue boater case.

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 7. Boat Master

  • WHAT: Boat Parking Simulation Game
  • PRICE: Free
  • RATING: 4.7 out of 5 stars
  • DETAILS: Boat Master is a boat navigation and berthing (parking) simulation game where players must berth different boats in varying conditions. It is designed to replicate the controls and conditions of berthing and navigating a real boat in a marina and coastal channels (rivers and bays) as closely as possible.

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