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Cheap/free tools for coastal cruising

DRAFT (needs links)

Many boat navigation tools for coastal cruising are available as smart phone apps and laptop programs.

OpenCPN gives you a large screen navagation map with live GPS location and heading of your boat.

BTGPS sends the smart phone GPS location to the laptop map in OpenCPN

Speedview give a live speed over water view, useful for an idea how well you are doing against tides and wind

Findship gives a live updating map of AIS a internet radar like location and heading and speed of big ships around you.

Anchor lite is an GPS alarm to tell you if your anchor is dragging.

Tide Times gives you a local high and low tide time to plan your coastal trip

BBC weather gives you a 7 day weather forecast with wind speed/rain/fog. If in doubt I use a number of sources to back this up.

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