Wherever we have current (tidal or other) this will always influence the sailing wind and the boat’s course over the ground. At anchor we can accurately measure the wind speed…
iPad navigation apps tested: Pip Hare reviews 7 chartplotting apps
The development of navigation apps has now advanced to the stage where tablets are being used regularly by many sailors as a primary means of navigation on board. With the…
iBoating marine navigation app for iPad and Android
A surprisingly versatile and comprehensive app but not easy to use and contains some annoying quirks.
iNavX marine navigation app for iPad and iPhone
A good all-round package and especially versatile for ability to use raster and vector charts from multiple providers.
Transas iSailor marine navigation app for iPad and Android
Good basic functionality – a full standalone navigation app – and plenty of advanced options as well, but each one incurs a fee.
Garmin BlueChart Mobile app for iPad
Slick and well designed navigational planning app that integrates seamlessly with onboard Garmin systems
SeaNav UK and Ireland – marine navigation app for iPad
Way ahead of the competition in terms of advanced features, including augmented reality view, but not as quick for general usage. Options for Europe, Canada and USA.
MaxSea TimeZero – marine navigation app for iPad
If you prefer raster charts then MaxSea TimeZero app for iPad is the package for you, but perhaps not if you seek advanced features
Navionics and Navionics+ marine navigation app for iPhone, iPad and Android
Pip Hare's review of the strengths and weaknesses of the Navionics and Navionics+ apps for iPad, iPhone and Android devices.
Our top tips for using iPad apps for navigation: first thing, get a waterproof case!
Using iPad apps for navigation is becoming a popular option and we tested seven chartplotting apps for a feature in Yachting World. But what about using an iPad on board? …
Plan2Nav iPad app
Despite being one of the major players in vector cartography, using the well-established CMaps, the Plan2Nav iPad app is old-fashioned, clunky and slow. We found it short on functions and…
Garmin iPad app
Edit: Feb 2017 – This test is superseded by Garmin BlueChart test by Pip Hare. The Garmin iPad app has big clear buttons and is easy to use –…
iNavx iPad app
Edit: Feb 2017 – This test is superseded by iNavX review by Pip Hare. The ability of the iNavx iPad app to read both raster scanned and vector charts makes…
iSailor iPad app
Edit: Feb 2017 – This test is superseded by iSailor review by Pip Hare. iSailor iPad app has clear, easily viewed charts with optional boxes to display lat and long,…
Memory Map iPad app
Memory Map’s UK and Ireland charts are scanned Admiralty Hydrographic charts with all their advantages, particularly for anchoring or rockhopping. Simply nothing else beats the fine detail of these…
Navionics HD iPad app
Navionics is the market leader in iPad and iPhone navigation apps. They were one of the first to launch mobile products and the apps are regularly developed and updated.
Imray iPad app
Instantly recognisable, Imray’s popular e-charts show exactly the same detail as the paper versions they have been scanned from. While this may inspire confidence in the Imray iPad app…
Testing iPad charts
We've been out testing iPad charting software. Here's a first impression of the choices