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Boating USA app for iPhone and iPad

4.6 ( 336 ratings )
Sports Navigation
Developer: Navionics
9.99 USD
Current version: 10.9.2, last update: 9 months ago
First release : 30 Aug 2010
App size: 127.21 Mb

The world’s #1 Boating app! A favorite among cruisers, sailors, fishermen and divers. Find the same detailed charts and advanced features as on the best GPS plotters. This app includes the Navionics+ subscription. To subscribe for other areas, tap Menu>Charts>Add Region. Alternatively, a free version is also available on the store that offers basic features and you can upgrade to Navionics+ In-App. To enjoy charts in HD, search for our iPad apps.

NAVIONICS+ includes:
√ Download of the following chart layers:
-NAUTICAL CHART for all essential cartographic reference detail. The most accurate and thorough set of information based on Hydrographic Office data, Notices to Mariners, new publications, our own surveys, and reports from users. It provides port plans, safety depth contours, marine services info, tides & currents, navigation aids and more.
-SONARCHART™ the award-winning 1 ft/0.5m HD bathymetry map that reflects ever-changing conditions. Be part of the community and contribute by uploading your sonar logs to enhance it.
- COMMUNITY EDITS made by users (rocks, wrecks, etc.) and shared for all to benefit.
√ CHART UPDATES: we deliver more than 2,000 updates every day! Updates as frequently as you like!
√ DOCK-TO-DOCK AUTOROUTING creates detailed routes even through narrow waterways and channels, based on chart data and navigation aids. POIs are automatically shown nearby your destination.
√ NAVIGATION MODULE for advanced route planning with ETA, distance to arrival, heading to WP, fuel consumption and more!
√ ADVANCED MAP OPTIONS: overlay Satellite/Terrain, highlight Shallow Areas, filter Depth Contours, and enable a Fishing Range to target key fishing areas.
√ PLOTTER SYNC: Compatible Raymarine, Lowrance, Simrad and B&G models can transfer routes and markers, update charts, activate and renew subscriptions of eligible plotter cards and upload sonar logs (only Raymarine) for improved SonarChart™! Learn more at
√ WEATHER & TIDES for real-time weather data and forecasts. Access daily and hourly forecasts for your favorite locations and get wind, weather buoys, Tides & Currents overlaid on your map. Buoy data from NOAA can include wind speed, gust and direction, air pressure, water temperature, wave height and other relevant marine data.
√ TIMELINE where you can see all the photos taken while tracking, POIs and Navionics panoramic images.

Navionics+ is a one-year subscription. Download detailed maps by zooming in or from Menu>Download Map: they will reside on your device even after expiration. You can renew your subscription with a discount of up 50%. If you don’t renew, you can still use the charts you previously downloaded, along with several free features: TRACK, ROUTE, DISTANCS, MARKERS, WIND FORECASTS, MAP, SYNC my DATA, MAGAZINES & GUIDES, GOVT CHART in US. Plus, enjoy SONARCHART™ LIVE to create personal 1 ft/0.5 m HD bathymetry maps that display in real time while navigating. Upload your sonar logs to build even better local charts for your area connecting wirelessly to a compatible sounder/plotter.

Does not include Bermuda, which can be found on Boating Caribbean & South America. Visit for the lake list.

Have a plotter card? If the registered chart card of your device has expired, you can order a new one directly from this app with up to 50% off! Go to Menu>Charts.

Updates are available with iOS 9.0 or higher devices. Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

Pros and cons of Boating USA app for iPhone and iPad

Boating USA app good for

excellent standalone app. I tried memory map and gave up after 2hrs. Navionics was intuitive and well laid out. I had to navigate the Fort Myers Sanibel bays and despite it being my first time in those waters the program allowed me to easily locate and navigate right through the ICWS into the bay and back . Map quality was great, interface was good. Plotted a track well and the tide feature helpful when guessing the depth of shoals. Well worth the money. Memory map required me to download maps via PC, this program was truly stand alone.
Honestly if your a fisherman just spend the 10 dollars and you wont regret it one bit! Not kidding either. I love this app and use it all the time
I use this app all the time when I visit Charleston. Simple and easy for anyone to use. I highly recommend trying it
I love this app. I use it for ice fishing and camping a lot. I wish there was a better system for sorting and selecting which waypoints you want displayed on the map. Other than that this is a 10/5 star app!
Cant say enough good things about this app. I boat a lot and always have this app running while I boat. Saved me from running into shallow water. I love looking at the saved tracks and reviewing my trips. Top speed, total distance traveled, ect. Works even where you dont have cell coverage. Just make sure you download the maps a head of time. I am part of an old boat club and recommend this app to everyone. I am amazed by this app every time I use it.
This gives me exactly what I need for fishing. Contours of lakes. And I couldnt believe how many tiny lakes on this app have contour data. Its extremely accurate. I ice fish and this saves me from having to drill tons of holes to find the depths And drop offs to fish. Also its great to be able to download areas so that I dont need cellular coverage to use the maps. Well worth the 10 bucks. Thanks!!!

Some bad moments

This app is seriously messed up. The map contours never fit the outline of the lake and it constantly moves all over the place. It shows Im going up to 2mph when Im laying in my bed looking at it. I have a paid subscription and expect a working app!! Please fix asap!!!
The app works great for its intended purpose but it has a flaw that ruins it. For some reason they placed a very light colored link that easily blends into the background to something called openstreet. It is placed right in the middle lower section so almost every time you try to scroll your map, the link will get activated and it takes you to this website and away from your map. It is very worrisome if you are tracking your way points through a tough channel and suddenly your map is gone. I have the paid version of navionics too. If they could get rid of that stupid link it could be a great app.
the new update is super dumb, why is it black and it just went down the toilet
Gave it sea trials tonight. When I exited the program it popped up a screen asking about running in background. Neither option worked - Continue or Setting. It did hang the phone. Had to sync with my laptop and remove it. Reinstalled it and same screen again. Removed it again and wont reinstall. High risk application.
The lake maps dont have depths or contours on them. There is cheaper or even free apps available that are a lot more detailed. This is the first review I have ever written but this needed said.
this is not worth downloading if it was free. there are several others available that are free or lower priced that give you must more detail and information on lakes and waterways. i am really sorry i downloaded this, i hope to review will aid others in not making the same mistake.

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