If you’re planning to head out on the open water, you need to have navigational tools with you. After all, the last thing you want is to become stranded in waters that you’ve never sailed in before.

Fortunately, there are a range of reliable boat navigation apps on the market that you can download onto your smartphone or tablet. All of these will help you plan your next boating route.

Here are the top 10 boat navigation apps that can help you find your way through the waters.

Navionics


(Android & iOS)

While this is one of the more expensive boat navigation apps available, it’s one of the most popular. That’s not surprising when you consider the range of features it possesses.

It includes all the navigation charts you need, no matter which UK waters you’re on. It also comes with a shading feature, which enables you to see the depth of the water. This makes it ideal for finding areas where you have the best chance of catching some decent fish.

AquaMap UK


(iOS only)

This app can be downloaded straight from the App Store and is cheaper than a lot of other apps out there.

With AquaMap UK, you can download maps to use offline, which makes it an ideal choice  if you’re in an area with poor signal . It’s also user friendly and it’s very easy to add different routes that you can revisit whenever you need to.

Marine Navigator


(Android only)

This is a good choice for anyone looking for a cheap and simple app that’s easy to navigate. The best feature of this app is undoubtedly the built-in compass. This compass is displayed on the screen whenever you’re looking at your desired route, making it straightforward for you to get your bearings and set sail in the right direction.

TimeZero


(iOS only)

This app from MaxSea is very user friendly. While some apps can be fiddly when it comes to choosing the right level of zoom on the maps, this app is able to detect the level of zoom you need based on your device. That means your chosen chart should load perfectly.

While the app itself is free from the Apple App Store, you still need to purchase the charts themselves. You can do this within the app, so you don’t have to worry about downloading them from a third party.

SailTimer


(Android & iOS)

SailTimer is great choice for people who enjoy sailing. It includes wind data that you can input yourself or download as you go along. This enables you to see how strong the wind is and figure out how this will affect the time it takes to reach your destination.

It’s somewhat limited, in that it isn’t capable of giving you a precise route plan. However, the calculations that it is able to complete (based on the wind) is a valuable asset to any sailor.

Transas iSailor


(Android & iOS)

This app is ideal for people who tend to sail on the same stretch of water. It’s easy to use and can reverse your route with the touch of a button, so you can easily find your way back.

 However, just be aware that you need to purchase and download more charts if you’re planning on exploring waters you don’t normally visit.

Memory Map


(Android & iOS)

This app is also incredibly simple to use. Furthermore, it’s compatible with maps from both marine providers and onshore maps, so you should have no difficulty making it work with wherever you’ve downloaded your maps from.

To use the app, simply tap the points where your route begins and ends. It will then display all the information you need.

MX Mariner


(Android only)

Although better suited to people who are more experienced in using boat navigation apps, this is one of the best options on the market. Available on Android only, this app is simple, accurate and excellent value and comes with regional charts that are not too expensive.

Once you get used to the interface and range of options available, you’ll be able to zoom in and out and swap between saved routes with ease.

iNavX


(Android & iOS)

This is the perfect app for anyone who finds the more complex features of other apps a little daunting. It has a clear instrument panel, where you can find all the information you need.

iNavX is also a great app for people who like to change their routes quickly. You can redraw a route and zoom into areas of interest without much difficulty.

GPS Nautical Charts


(Android & iOS)

This is a great choice for people who just want to download something quickly before heading out onto the water. All the charts you need are included in the initial download, so you don’t have to spend any time trying to find the extra charts you need.

The great thing about this app is that it can alert you when you’re going off route. This can be very useful if you’re busy manning the boat and are unable to check the app every few minutes.

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