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    Default Free Apps.

    Has anyone any suggestions for genuinely free Apps that are actually useful?

    There is a lot of stuff that gives you an attractive front window but in the final analysis does not actually do anything unless you purchase the "pro" version or buy charts or add ons, or whatever.

    Anything boaty related really - tides - plotting - planning what you will. Thanks

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    Boatie on IOS & Android

    Not free but near enough 99p is excellent with tide ,weather ,col regs etc but I am not sure that it is being developed

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    Default Re: Free Apps.

    Quote Originally Posted by doug748 View Post
    Has anyone any suggestions for genuinely free Apps that are actually useful?
    Why do you suppose anyone would spend a great many hours designing and writing a useful app, just to give it away for free?

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    I'm looking at anchor apps at the moment. Used several in the past but would be interested to hear of one that will text another phone with the alarm details and do it reliably. Anyone got any recommendations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by elton View Post
    Why do you suppose anyone would spend a great many hours designing and writing a useful app, just to give it away for free?
    adverts

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    Quote Originally Posted by greeny View Post
    adverts
    I suppose. But then it's not strictly free.

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    Long time lurker... Not commented before!

    However I had to use the RYA SafeTrax at the weekend for a stranded sail yacht that had become stuck on Aberdovey Bar and was not responding to radio calls (then my radio died ). It worked really well and the crew knew exactly where I was when I called in on 999.

    Has a couple of other bits in it, and you can set expected arrivals etc. Number of crew, and it tracks routes etc. It works really well and provides some pretty pictures of where you've been!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elton View Post
    Why do you suppose anyone would spend a great many hours designing and writing a useful app, just to give it away for free?

    Well, you are the smart rrrs; tell us.

    Or go and start a thread of your own if you have nowt to add.

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    Default Re: Free Apps.

    Anchor lite is a favourite. I usually install a free version then if it is ok get the paid version.

    Marine traffic is another interesting one.

    Windy.

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    Plotting track COG SOG WP's - SailDroid & Mad Mutt Marine (gives Anchor watch)
    Weather - Windguru Lite, Meteo Consult Marine & SailGrib
    Tides - aTides, DGS Tides & BBC Weather Tides
    Chart Plotter - OpenCPN (worth paying for)
    MontyMariner.co.uk
    Facilitated by AWESEM WP Agency

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