This Friday, I will be going on a sailing trip. Forgoing my laptop and camera will certainly lighten my suitcase, but my traveling companions have asked me to look up some apps to help us out while we're on the open sea. Here are some apps that make the iPhone one of the best sailing tools around.
Marine Charts for iPhone & iPad for $19.99
Powered by the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), Marine Charts will chart your course and provide you with up-to-date maps and weather for your trip. The app gives both online and offline support, which sounds great considering I doubt how much 3G we'll be experiencing in the middle of the ocean.
Knots, Splices and Rope Work for $.99
The iPhone version of the original How-To written by A. Hyatt Verrill. While not a direct step-by-step guide, the visuals are classic and beautiful on the iPhone's screen.
Tide Graph for iPhone and Tide Graph HD for iPad for $1.99
Tide Graph aggregates tide predictions from thousands of U.S. coastal stations and gives them to you in a charming and informative display. They've recently addd monthly tide tables, as well, so that you can easily look up things ahead of time for an upcoming trip.
NOAA Buoy and Tide Data for $1.99
While not as in-depth as Marine Charts, the NOAA Buoy and Tide Data app will give you the barebones weather and tide information you need at a fraction of the cost.