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Boater's Picks for Favourite Apps on the iPad - Part 1: Organization On The Water

A recent check on iTunes showed over 140,000 apps for the iPad.  The task of picking a favourite marine app seems daunting so we asked our boating friends. We didn't debate a navigation app because we all agreed that was Navionics.  Nor did we talk weather apps, as that could be a blog all of its own.  Simply, if an app was mentioned by at least three different boaters then it made the list.  Many of these apps provide a free version; however, the full version price is included.

Boating Suite Log Book & Expense Log  ($6.99) from Boating Café.com was designed by boaters for boaters and is like six apps in one.  You can manage your fuel log, maintenance log, expense log, log book, to do list, and shopping list.  It is an all-in-one app, with which you can share your information via email.

The Boater's Toolkit ($1.99) by Poison Development is a one stop, customizable program designed to make your recreational boating experience much more pleasurable and organized. It includes checklists, shopping lists, a speedometer, and boat information.

Float Plan ($2.99) by Siegleco, LLC stores the details about your vessel, crew, and trip itinerary and then allows you to click a button to email that information to a person of trust.

Ship Shape Boat Lights ($1.99) by Speedwell eBusiness Solutions Pty Ltd. is the first in a series of boating safety and education apps that help you learn to recognize nautical light signals in night and fog conditions.

The Captain's Toolbox ($4.99) by Expedition Research LLC is a great boat and seamanship resource including COLREGS, lights and shapes, chart symbols and flags.

Navigation Rules ($3.99) by Double Dog Studios contains a complete copy of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 (COLREGS).

Nautical Flags ($0.99) by Pub 9 Nautical is well worth the price and contains the answers to any questions you have about flags, including a listing of the phonetic alphabet, the Morse code alphabet, and flash cards to review and learn!

Nautical Terms - Sailing, Boating and Marine Glossary ($0.99) is the perfect pocket reference for all things nautical. Boater's Pocket Reference ($4.99) caters to all levels of boating expertise and is based on a very popular and useful printed book. Ship Finder ($4.99) by Pinkfroot Limited is the original and most highly rated ship tracking app.  Ship Finder provides near real time "virtual radar" AIS maps.  It's great if you simply want to know what boats are out there or want to see where your friends and family are.  Features include ship routes, vessel name and information, MMSI, heading and photographs.

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