Safe Boating is a must have App for all boaters on the West Coast of Canada. Plan your next voyage with links to useful voyage planning resources such as tidal, wind, weather and fishing information. Transport Canada required safety equipment and navigation light requirements are also included. Run through the useful checklists with your crew as well as review suggestions for recommended equipment.
After planning your trip you will need fuel. The cruising section walks you through safe fueling procedures and even includes a fluid volume conversion tool which is particularly useful for visiting boaters. While on the radio it is handy to see the included summary of all the VHF radio channels used locally. Don’t forget to refer to the right of way rules and lateral and cardinal buoy information.
A “where am I” feature allows you to email your location and picture to anyone you wish and shows the position on a map. Find latitude / longitude functionality allows you to quickly enter coordinates and then find the distance and bearing to that point while showing you your current location. The App will also show the entered location in google maps.
It’s nice to know the help section has your back. From phone numbers to call for a tow, to emergency radio procedures with samples, you will know exactly what to do if you need help. Distress signals are shown and man overboard, breakdown, sinking, fire, and grounding procedures are also included.
While relaxing at your destination read up on the latest news from the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue’s live Twitter feed.
KNOWN ISSUE: Entering data in the fuel conversion calculator sometimes causes the screen to go black on Android 5 (Lollipop). This is sporadic, working to find a fix.
Published by Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSAR).
Search and Rescue Personnel should download RCMSAR's SAR Tools