The Best Apps for Boaters

That smartphone in your hand is useful for more than just surfing for cat videos and posting selfies on social media. For boaters, it’s also a gateway to an enormous amount of helpful boating information thanks to the many wonderful boating apps available to download. Here are a few of the best boating apps.

Boat Ramps [] – Boaters can use this app to locate and get directions to more than 35,000 boat ramps throughout the country. 

Dockwa [] - Dockwa helps boaters easily find marinas at their destination, request a slip or mooring and handle reservations and payment.

Navionics Boating GPS [] – This boating GPS provides detailed charts and has advanced features like chart updates, dock-to-dock rerouting, and weather and tide information.

NOAA SuperRes Radar HD [] – This app from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides up-to-date weather information and high-resolution radar maps.

Buoy Tracker ( - Buoy Tracker provides information on boating conditions using the most recent NOAA buoy data on wave, wind, atmospheric pressure, swell data, and much more.

Tide Graph - – This app provides boaters with tide information using data from thousands of US coastal stations and presenting them in a fun and interactive graph.