Top 3 Apps to Make The Most of Sailing the British Virgin Islands

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Cellular and wireless technology is constantly evolving to be more accommodating for travelers onboard sailing vessels. Just a few short years ago, it was considered a luxury to be able to use your cellphone or tablet while on the open seas. This meant you often had to do much of your trip planning ahead of time. Today, it is now easier and more affordable than ever to access apps and Wi-Fi signals from boating locations around the world, without breaking the bank along the way.

To that end, many Apple and Android app designers are making apps to help you make the most of your sailing travel experience, wherever you may find yourself. A spokesperson from Addison Yacht Charters recommended these 3 types of apps to help vacationers make the most of their time cruising the British Virgin Islands.

Apps for Weather

As you probably already know, the weather in the BVI can change pretty quickly. It’s important to stay up-to-date with the latest news in weather while on your boat to ensure you and your loved ones remain safe. There are several programs that give you a variety of useful weather statistics. For example:

TropSat offers satellite weather imagery to help you get an idea of all hurricane-related activity in the Caribbean.
• Other apps, like “Boombora” and “BuoyData,” track wind speed and direction, air pressure, and water temperature.

While someone with more expertise will always be tracking these changes on a chartered yacht, it can be entertaining to stay on top of this yourself.

Apps for Charting & Navigation

There is a tremendous selection of apps that are now available for navigation and charting. These apps, like Boater’s Pocket Reference and “Memory-Map,” are worthwhile downloads. This is true whether you are sailing your own vessel, or watching the crew on your yacht charter handle navigation while you follow along with your phone for fun.

Remember that if you plan on going it alone with a sailing trip, an electronic device cannot be trusted exclusively. Don’t depend on an app to get you where you are going; you must learn how to navigate with a chart and depthfinder.

Apps for Shore Excursions

Life on board a yacht is a good life, but everyone needs to explore the land sometimes. When this happens, an app for finding a great hole-in-the-wall café, homemade gift shop like no other, or a rocking nightclub that will give you memories to last a lifetime can really come in handy.

The TripAdvisor app has built a reputation providing user reviews on a huge variety of hotels, restaurants, activities, and other adventure throughout the world, including BVI. Simply download the app and allow it to seek out nearby areas of interest to you.

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