Smartphone apps for safer boating

Safe Seas Clean Seas Issue 46, August 2014

Heading out on the water? Use these free smartphone apps to get the latest weather and boating information.

MarineMate

The MarineMate mobile app has local boating bylaws and information for most New Zealand regions, and features:

  • boat ramp locations
  • tide information
  • local area notices
  • regional bylaws about lifejacket wearing and communications
  • boating safety information
  • speed limits
  • towing access lanes
  • mooring zones
  • New Zealand fishing rules.

Tap in your location, and the app will identify nearby areas of interest.

The MarineMate is available free from Google Play and Apple’s App Store.

MetService Marine app

Check marine forecasts from your phone with the MetService Marine app, featuring:

  • forecasts for all New Zealand coastal and recreational marine areas
  • severe weather information
  • local tide information plus sunrise and sunset times
  • boating safety information
  • live regional rain radar and three-day rain forecasts
  • Tasman Sea-New Zealand area surface pressure charts.

You can set a default location to access the information most relevant to you, as well as setting favourites for your most-used forecast and tide locations and uploading your own boating photos for each location.

The Metservice Marine app is available free from Google Play and Apple’s App Store.

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