5 Apps You Should Use To Make Your Sailing Vacation More Enjoyable

Written by Marin @Danielis on October 02, 2017 in Yacht Charter Advice

1) Croatian Weather Forecast Website


It’s not an app, it’s a link to weather forecast based on the Aladdin model provided by the Croatian meteorological institute. Just check it before leaving port and make sure that the weather won’t surprise you.

2) Animated Knots


Before you set sail get the app and get the basic knots down. You never know when and if you’ll need to lend a hand entering a port or at anchor. Also if you’re a guy it doesn’t hurt to know how to safely tie your swim trunks while they’re drying.

3) Pocket - Store articles for offline reading.


An amazing app when there is no wind (a condition called “bonaca” in Croatian) and nothing to do. It lets you keep in touch with what’s happening in the world while you wait for the wind to pick up

4) iBooks, Kindle


The iBook app and the kindle app work great on iPads and other tablets, but the Kindle device is definitely one of the best devices to bring onboard. The battery life is great, the storage is enough to keep you occupied throughout a transatlantic voyage and the backlit models won’t bother your bunk/cabinmate, which on a boat means that you won’t be relegate to sleeping in the cockpit.

5) Star Walk- Saved the best for last.


When the lights of this world go out, and you look up at the sky full of stars, pull up the Star Walk app and point your phone or tablet at the sky and actually see what you’re looking at. The app gives you information about the constellations and the satellites above you.

This app transports you back to ancient times when our ancestors sailed using the stars as navigation, and when they read stories written in the stars.

Bonus, for the first time skippers:

Drag Queen- Anchoring can be a stressful

Drag queen lets you throw anchor, it logs you position and alters you with a terrible sound if your anchor drags. This app lets you have a good night’s sleep, instead of standing watch the whole night with a flashlight pointed at the anchor and the shore.