Top 10 apps to help yacht crew and captains at work
Written by Luke Wheeler
Last updated: 25/09/2017
Did you know, the average person spends 90% of their time on a mobile phone dedicated to using an application? This fact coupled with the realisation that more and more yacht crew are using their phones to assist in day-to-day operations, from navigation and crew scheduling, to itinerary planning and inventory management, we thought we’d bring you the top 10 apps to help you on board. Check them out!
1. Navionics Nautical Charts
Free to download, in-app purchases for individual regions
Navionics offers charts for nearly all of the key yachting regions (including Mediterranean, US, Caribbean, and more). Use Navionics to download the maps you need, and then plan offline at your convenience.
The app also features auto-routing and is highly adaptable to any yacht configuration. When connected to WiFi or cellular internet, the app can also provide sonar overlay and tidal updates.
2. Marine Traffic
£3.99 on Android, £4.99 on iOS
Marine Traffic shows you real-time positions of ships and yachts worldwide. It works by connecting to the largest network of AIS receivers, and the app covers most major ports and shipping routes. There’s also the ability to track your position, speed and course as well as the positions of the vessels around you.
3. Paprika Recipe Manager
£4.79 on Android, £4.99 on iOS
Calling all chefs! Paprika Recipe Manager allows you to import recipes you own or recipes saved from the web and saves them to the cloud so you can access them from any of your devices. Make your recipes as simple to browse as possible with easy to organise folders, and enjoy additional features such as shopping lists, calendar-based meal planning, and a powerful recipe search.
4. Efficient Sea
£74.99 on iOS (iPad only)
The Efficient Sea iPad app is specially designed for the professional management of superyachts and other large seagoing vessels.
There’s everything you need to manage and support an ISM, MLC compliance, including safety management systems, chartering, crew management, accounting, bridge resources, captains resources, engineering maintenance, life-saving appliances and shipyard needs.
Designed by an experienced superyacht captain, Efficient Sea makes every document, code and form readily available on your iPad, where they can all be completed, signed and emailed without the need for hard copies, files or scans.
5. What’s On My Boat
£4.99 on iOS
Finding somewhere suitable to store items, even on board large luxury yachts, is often tricky. So much guest space often means storage space is minimised.
Create a digital inventory of everything on board using What’s On My Boat, and ensure that you never spend hours searching for items again. Help crew that are joining the boat by showing them where everything is on board quickly and easily, and use it as a reference to ensure pointless trips to the supplier don’t occur.
Free app on iOS and Android, requires Voly account (charges may be applicable)
Voly is a newly developed app that simplifies the budget management process on board a yacht. Working on an inter-departmental basis, each HoD can log purchases into a centralised yacht report. A fully integrated currency card can be prepaid and records transactions to the Voly app. Reports can then be accessed by the owner, captain or management company.
Free on iOS, no Android version
The Crewboard app provides quick, easy access to a secure overview of which crew are on board. It acts as a digital equivalent to the traditional onboard whiteboard.
With its appealing user interface and intuitive management system, adding new crew members, groups, subcontractors, day workers and accessing advanced features is simple and self-explanatory. Full user profiles including names and job titles can be added and amended quickly and easily, whilst profile photos can be selected from existing albums or taken directly via the device’s inbuilt camera.
8. Enjoy Yacht Management
Free on iOS and Android, requires subscription
Developed by an experienced yacht manager and with input from captains, crew and owners who understand the complexities of yacht management and maintenance, the ENJOY Yacht Management app simplifies mandatory operations on board, maximising the time of superyacht captains and crew so they can focus on guest comfort and the everyday tasks in hand.
From managing an entire fleet of yachts to creating and administering individual task lists for specific crew members, the Enjoy Yacht Management solution is flexible and scalable. A 30-day free trial is also offered.
Seahub is an intuitive cloud-based yacht maintenance app designed by ex-superyacht engineers, to improve reliability and safety for the global superyacht industry.
The app is a platform to manage, in real time, vessel-related projects, on-board inventory, oil analysis programs, documents, warranties and contacts and effectively schedule and document maintenance tasks to avoid costly unplanned downtime.
10. Yachting Pages App
Free on iOS and Android
Of course, in a list of our favourite yachting apps for crew, we had to include an honourable mention of our own, newly launched, Yachting Pages App!
Available to download now completely free of charge, the Yachting Pages App harnesses the power of our superyacht industry search, in a beautiful new mobile app with offline access.
You can use our app to find yacht suppliers and services worldwide and can search by your current location or a specific city, country or port. Read reviews of suppliers and leave your own, and add companies to your own favourites list for easy access time and time again.
That wraps up our list for now; if you have any apps you absolutely love on board and think should be on this list, let us know!