Useful Apps (tablet or smartphone) for Sibbers

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Useful Apps (tablet or smartphone) for Sibbers

Post by chris moody » 12 Aug 2016, 09:30

Prompted by a thread in Boating UK on Facebook, I thought it would be good to produce a thread on here on boating apps that are particularly good for Sib and F-rib users. They can be apps for tablets or smartphones, Android or iOS.

What are your favourite apps, and why is that particular app so useful?
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Re: Useful Apps (tablet or smartphone) for Sibbers

Post by rogerblack » 12 Aug 2016, 20:55

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Knots 3D

Categorized by usage e.g. boating, fishing, camping, first aid, etc as well as type of knot e,g bends, lashings, hitches, stoppers, etc.

3D animations with adjustable size and speed make it easy to learn the knot.

I have several knot apps but this is my firm favourite.

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Post by mattswan2512 » 13 Aug 2016, 05:46

Sail droid. Gives gps data on speed direction etc.... good little app!!!
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Post by Martin » 13 Aug 2016, 07:27

Navionics, Is by far the top app on my devices. Its an all singing & dancing app that covers many things. I have the full UK paid version running on my ipad, the in depth charts are superb.
Sonarphone is the 2nd part of my kit, working in conjunction with the Navionics, it gives me a depth gauge, water temp, speed, and fish finder. The wireless signal box kicks out enough signal for many others to couple up to. Another great app.
Meteo used to be a great app, I find the updated version a little difficult to navigate :shame
The other apps I flip onto occasionally are Tides Planner, UK Sea fishing, iSailor & Skipper Lite

To make full use of the apps, you need a device that has cellular connectivity. So if you just have a Wi-Fi ipad, they wont work correctly :no
Lifeproof cases are superb for your mobile devices. Mine has been sent swimming purposely, and the ipad was as dry as... Perfecto I'd say.
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Post by Andy B » 13 Aug 2016, 09:52

Embark nautical charts
Clear and easy to read on a phone. Lots of detail without being messy

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For finding your mates when out boating.

Wreck Finder
For when you want to find a wreck :D
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Re: Useful Apps (tablet or smartphone) for Sibbers

Post by albasmac » 02 Feb 2017, 23:04

Hi Martin
I was just wondering where you bought your sonarphone, I thought I saw them for sale in the UK a while back but now i can only seem to find them for sale in the US.
Are you still impressed with the sonarphone system? and the Navonics?

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Post by Martin » 02 Feb 2017, 23:15

The set up idea is brilliant, the wifi is magnificent, the iPad display is perfect.
The navionics is the same as the navionics on any device as far as I'm aware, which again is superb,
The issue I appear to be having is the transducer. It struggles to record or show the downscan when the sib/frib is in motion.
It'll be getting a bit more use this year hopefully and I'm in high hopes it's just finding the correct location and angle to make it perform correctly.
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Re: Useful Apps (tablet or smartphone) for Sibbers

Post by albasmac » 07 Feb 2017, 23:09

Does the transducer screw directly to the transom or is it the type with the suction cup?
The fitting instructions make it appear simple but obviously not.
Sounds like I'd need to play around with the positioning of the transducer before I start drilling holes!! :scratch
I've managed to track it down in the UK at MES Ltd but it's £160 for the sp200 version which seems a bit more than last time I looked (probably due to the state of the pound)

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Post by Martin » 07 Feb 2017, 23:16

albasmac wrote:Does the transducer screw directly to the transom or is it the type with the suction cup?
The fitting instructions make it appear simple but obviously not.
Sounds like I'd need to play around with the positioning of the transducer before I start drilling holes!! :scratch
I've managed to track it down in the UK at MES Ltd but it's £160 for the sp200 version which seems a bit more than last time I looked (probably due to the state of the pound)
The SP200 is the fixed set, i.e. You need a battery to run it from.

I have the SP300 which is the portable kit.
The transducer comes with a screw fitting and a suction cup fitting.

I've only used the suction cup so far. Still struggling with readings whilst under power.
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Re: Useful Apps (tablet or smartphone) for Sibbers

Post by albasmac » 07 Feb 2017, 23:30

I already have power pack which has both 12v and USB outputs which will run both the SP200 and a tablet. I just need to work out the best way to easily fit and remove everything.
Think I'll need to get my boat inflated in the garage and have a play around.
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