The technology revolution has affected everything we do, and that includes boating. The marketplace is full of downloadable apps for your smartphone or tablet computer that can help you find a place to tie up, check the weather or find more fish.
Here are some we recommend.
Dockwa. This app will help boaters find a nearby marina, request a slip or mooring and handle the reservations and payment. Plus, you’ll get helpful information about what’s ashore where you’re going. Available for Android and Apple.
Naviotics Boating. Time and time again, when we speak to boaters and ask them what GPS app they’re using, Navionics Boating is the answer. Navionics is free to download and offers in-app purchases for charts and other upgrades, such as autorouting. Navionics Boating is available for both Apple and Android devices.
Fishweather. Bad weather can turn a fishing trip into a bad boating experience. This mobile app offers access to Fish-Weather’s exclusive weather station network and crowdsourcing, with proprietary hour-by-hour updates for your location. Versions for Apple and Android devices.
My Radar NOAA Weather Radar. More than 17 million downloads tells you that this weather forecasting app does its job. Normal mode tells you wind conditions and direction and the forecast. There’s a NWS Warning mode to keep you alerted to any dangerous weather coming your way. Apple and Android.
Fishing Scout. A great resource and social app for anglers. The app allows you to upload photos of your latest catch, describe the conditions of how you caught it, study other locations where fish were caught, add friends, view their photos and more. Available for free on both Apple and Android devices.
West Marine Pandora Station. Man does not live by boating alone…he sometimes needs tunes, too. West Marine, a marine supplies dealer, created a special Pandora streaming music channel with endless hours of tunes that evoke the boating lifestyle, from Jimmy Buffett to Zac Brown to Bob Marley. Play it through your phone or tablet via a Bluetooth connection to your boat’s stereo and rock out or relax. Sign up at pandora.com/westmarine.