Looking for the best apps for yachting? Whether managing crew, checking navigation or taking care of day to day tasks, apps can be your best friend. We have narrowed it down to our top pick of apps for yacht crew, in no particular order:
Navionics Nautical Charts
Navionics offers charts for nearly all of the key yachting regions (Regions include Mediterranean, US, Carribean, and more). Use Navionics to download the maps you need, then plan offline at your convenience. It features auto routing and is adaptable to any yacht configuration. Also, it allows sonar overlay, and tidal updates when connected to Wi-Fi or data. $0-$70 on iTunes and Google Play, depending on regions purchased
Marine Traffic shows you real-time positions of ships and yachts worldwide. It works by connecting to the largest network of AIS receivers, and the app covers most major ports and shipping routes. There’s also the ability to track your position, speed and course as well as the positions of the vessels around you. $4.59-$4.99 on iTunes and Google Play
This app provides the current and projected wind speeds, temperature, weather type, and more. View layers of information including weather stations, radar, satellite, heat map, rain accumulation, and crowd reports. You can also scroll through time with the interactive play-bar for radar and satellite and track global storms on the Hurricane and Tropical Storm tile. A must for captains and crew. Free on iTunes and Play Store
Here is everything you need to “manage and support your ISM, MLC compliance, safety management system, chartering, crew management, accounting, bridge resources, captains resources, engineering maintenance, life-saving appliances and shipyard needs.” Available on iPads for $79.99
What’s On My Boat
You’ve found a way to store everything, but where exactly did you put it? Always know where each item is stored with this helpful app. Great for interior or exterior inventory of items stored all over the boat, and could even be helpful for crew changeovers. Available for iPhones and iPads $4.99
Paprika Recipe Manager
Chefs, this one is for you. This is an app that allows you to import recipes you own or saved from the web and saves it to the cloud so you can access from any of your devices. Easy to organize recipes in folders, make grocery lists out of your recipes, search ingredients and meal plan in a calendar format. Available on Android, iPhone, iPad for $4.99
Sometimes tensions can run high when working long hours and in close quarters! We recommend the Calm app to keep crew calm, balanced, and relaxed even in stressful situations. Having trouble sleeping? It also features sleep programs. Free on iTunes and Google Play.
Did you know Pinterest can be a helpful tool for new ideas? No matter the position, you can use to save helpful articles to read later, gather theme inspiration, or save charter ideas. Check out some Pinterest boards Crew Compass created to get started! Free on iTunes and Google Play.
Create playlists for guest meals, activities, fishing, parties, etc. You can make different playlists for different occasions, and premium members can save music to play offline. Perfect when anchored somewhere with limited wifi out at sea. Free on iTunes and Google Play, Premium memberships for $9.99/month
Of course, we saved our favorite for last! For all your yacht staffing or yacht job searching needs, Crew Compass is the tool for you. Use Crew Compass JOBS app if you are looking for a job, and Crew Compass HIRE if you are looking to find crew to hire. Free on iTunes & Android!
What are some of your favorite apps? Any you can’t live without?