Boat Watch is an app for Apple devices that shows the location of ships in real time on a map. Read the full review here to see how far to trust it.
The Smart Chart AIS app for Android smartphones and tablets shows your boat's position on a chart and offers data about nearby AIS-equipped ships as well as augmented reality information from ActiveCaptain about marinas, anchorages, and more. Read this full review to see if you can trust it.
The Nautical Chart Symbols app shows the meaning of many symbols and abbreviations used on marine charts. Read the review to see if you need it.
Polar Navy is a chart navigation software program for real-time GPS navigation on your boat. Read the review here to see if it's right for you.
For boating navigation on a laptop, the free chartplotter software OpenCPN may be perfect for your needs. Read the review here.
The Nautical Chart Symbols app is a digital version of much of the American and English government publications describing most things you might see on a nautical chart. Read the full review here.
Navigatrix is a free suite full of boating applications running on Linux Ubuntu on a laptop, including navigation software for free NOAA charts, a GPS interface, weather and tide data, communications functions, and much more. Read the review here.
Lists and reviews of the best books about sailing, including both how-to manuals and sailing narratives and novels.
Bernard Cornwell's novel Wildtrack is a contemporary classic thriller heavy on the sailing, well beloved by readers who like sailing novels and appreciate good suspense fiction.
Sailors' Secrets: Advice from the Masters by Michael Badham and Robby Robinson is a compendium of almost everything important about sailing and boat ownership and maintenance. Read this full review to see why you may need this book.
For safety and good seamanship, sailors and other boaters need to understand how to navigate in their own boat using traditional paper charts or a chartplotter or charting app. This article explains the basics.
How to Sail a Boat by Matt Vance won't teach you the literal aspects of sailing but explores in delightful stories and essays both the grand and tawdry experiences of a thoughtful, humorous sailor.
Any activity on the water involves inherent risks. Sailing safety includes the use of safety gear and equipment, paying attention to weather, and following basic principles for both you and your guests and crew.
The Safe Skipper Safety Afloat App has some useful information. Read the full review here.
Sheex berth sheets for boats offer several advantages over regular cotton sheets. Read the full review here.
In an emergency, it can help to have an app that turns your phone or tablet into a beacon flashing SOS in Morse code for help. Read this review of useful Android apps for emergency signaling.
The free version of the PredictWind app for both Apple and Android devices is a good way to know what's going on with wind and weather in your sailing area. Read the full review here.
Wind NOAA, or realWind, from Flytomap is a free app for sailors and boaters to display current and forecast wind speed and direction on a map. Read the review here.
The Marine Weather app for both Apple and Android smartphones and devices provides a very good collection of weather and marine conditions data for sailors and other boaters, although you need to understand its limits.
The MarineCast app brings together many kinds of weather data, both current observations and forecasts, for sailors and boaters. Read the review here.
PocketGrib is a weather app for Android and Apple devices that displays forecast wind and other weather information using downloaded NOAA GRIB files. Read the full review here.
A voltmeter has many uses on a boat. Learn more about the importance of this simple device here.
It's easy and inexpensive to install a voltmeter on your boat. Read the review here and learn how to do it yourself.
Fiberglass propane tanks from Lite Cylinder and Clear View have many advantages for marine uses. Read the full review here.
The ColRegs Rules of the Road App from iGlimpse Ltd is an educational and reference tool for learning all the essential regulations for avoiding collisions among all kinds of boats in all circumstances. Read the full review to see if you need it.