Garmin today announced BlueChart Mobile marine app for iPad and iPhone. With the new BlueChart app, captains can now make use of BlueChart data found in Garmin chartplotters.
The app also lets you connect to ActiveCaptain, a website community that provides content generated by mariners for mariners. You can also plan and create routes, view shaded depth contours and inter-tidal zones, search for a marine service point to find out the phone number, hours of operation, and information about amenities and services available.
Supposing you have internet connection on your iPad you can also get weather conditions, temperatures, dew points, wind direction and speed, radar and cloud cover – all overlaid on the chart data.
And if you happen to have a Garmin chartplotter on board you can wirelessly transfer routes, waypoints and tracks created from the BlueChart Mobile app. There’s also a cool feature where you can “follow the boat” by sharing the GPS capability on the charplotter even if your iPad don’t have this feature.