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Boater’s Test – Cell Phone Booster

Quite often we boat up at the end of Indian Arm, behind Croker Island and across from Granite Falls. The cell reception is spotty at best and it really depends on where you are standing on the dock or where you are in your dinghy out in the bay. There are a number of cellular to WiFi modem solutions, such as the Rogers Rocket Hub or the Telus Smart Hub, but I didn’t want to sign up to a monthly service. I also didn’t want to spend a lot on the initial hardware purchase or have something hard-wired to the boat.

Boat Watch Pro and Boat Beacon

Today I am going to look at two very cool Apps. If you don’t have your AIS up and running or perhaps, you don’t have AIS on board, there is a new app that allows you to point your iPhone camera at a boat and...

Navionics Releases an In-App Module for iPhone and iPad HD Apps

Do you already have the Navionics HD App for iPad and iPhone? It is amazing how useful it already is with all the features including vector charts, wind and tides, magazines and cruising guides, social media integration, the list goes on. But now the app has gotten even better - to upgrade you simply have to purchase the In-App Nav Module.

Boater's Picks for Favourite App on the iPad - Part 5

The great app ideas just keep coming! Thank you for your suggestions and recommendations. As a reminder from Parts 1-4, I gathered a bunch of my boating friends and we talked apps. If an app was mentioned by three different boaters then it made the list. Many of these apps provide a free version; however, I have included the price for the full version.

PYS Ranks Top Downloaded Contributor on Navionics!

Navionics is the world leader in electronic navigation and the first to offer a navigation app that provides users access to boating articles published by the industry's most recognized magazines. Recently, Pacific Yacht Systems reached top spot as the most downloaded contributor! We regularly post articles about everything from marine electronics and electrical to cruising.

Boater's Picks for Favourite Apps on the iPad - Part 4: Connecting With Your Electronics

The great app ideas just keep coming! Thank you for your suggestions and recommendations. As a reminder from parts 1-3, I gathered a bunch of my boating friends and we talked apps. If an app was mentioned by three different boaters then it made the list. Many of these apps provide a free version; however, I have included the price for the full version.

Boater's Picks for Favourite Apps on the iPad - Part 3: Life on the Water

It's time for more awesome iPad apps. As a reminder from Part 1 + 2, I gathered a bunch of my boating friends and we talked apps. If an app was mentioned by three different boaters then it made the list. Many of these apps provide a free version; however, I have included the price for the full version.

Boater's Picks for Favourite Apps on the iPad - Part 2: Anchoring and First Aid

I am back with more of our favourite apps. As a reminder from Part 1, I gathered a bunch of my boating friends and we talked apps. If an app was mentioned by three different boaters then it made the list. Many of these apps provide a free version; however, I have included the price for the full version. Now let's talk about anchoring.

Boater's Picks for Favourite Apps on the iPad - Part 1: Organization On The Water

A recent check on iTunes showed over 140,000 apps for the iPad. The task of picking a favourite marine app seems daunting so we asked our boating friends. We didn't debate a navigation app because we all agreed that was Navionics. Nor did we talk weather apps, as that could be a blog all of its own. Simply, if an app was mentioned by at least three different boaters then it made the list. Many of these apps provide a free version; however, the full version price is included.

Telus Smart Hub: A Smart Decision

Have you heard of the Smart Hub from Telus? If not, you should have! Here's what so amazing about it: 1) Wi-Fi propagates throughout the boat 2) Most devices have Wi-Fi 3) A phone for your boat

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