There’s also a wide variety of new apps for mariners to check out in 2013. Here are some standouts:
■ BlueChart Mobile is a free app from Garmin that turns your iPad, iPhone, or iPod into a chartplotter
that uses Garmin’s own BlueChart chartography. It’s particularly useful for trip planning because you
can link up your WiFi devices with your networked plotter (with a marine WiFi Adaptor kit) and wirelessly transfer waypoints, routes, and tracks. See it at the App Store, or www.garmin.com
■ Boat Battery allows you to use your phone to predict battery use and amp hours of power remaining.
You can also calculate how power consumption would change if you upgraded any of your boat’s electrical entities. Cost is $2.99 at the App Store.
■ Intelligent Maintenance updated its MOB app ($1.99 at the i Tunes App Store), which essentially turns
your cellphone into a mini dedicated MOB chartplotter. Hit the MOB button and a steering arrow
appears, which points to the MOB’s position. Lat/long is displayed on-screen, so you can call it in to the
Coast Guard if necessary. All new from the same developer is the What’s On My Boat app ($1.99 at the
App Store), which is like a boat’s inventory log on your phone, and helps you keep track of the locations of spare parts, provisions, or gear.
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