Simple Boat Navigation Hack (That Saves Money & The Environment)
By: Luke Simonds on October 21, 2019
You never want this to happen to you…
Almost every time I drive my boat past this certain spot at low tide I see somebody pushing their boat off of the sandbar.
It’s a tough spot to navigate because there’s a shallow grass flat on one side and a sandbar on the other (with no channel markers to guide you).
But there is one little hack that I’ve learned that can help you avoid sandbars and grass flats and keep your boat from running aground.
You’re likely holding the tool to this hack in the palm of your hand right now, and if you watch the video below I’ll show you how it can save you from:
- potential injury
- outrageous boat repair costs
- decimating our grass flats.
Disclaimer: storms and currents can change locations of flats and sandbars (especially if they don’t have seagrass, rocks, or anything else holding them in place), so be extra careful when using any maps for boat navigation since they can very well be incorrect.
Free App For Boat Navigation [VIDEO]
Running aground can ruin your hull or your motor (and cost you big bucks), and if you run too shallow over grass flats it can leave prop scars, which can last for years and really damage the environment, not to mention that you could get injured if you suddenly run aground.
Using this free app can help you avoid all of that!
Free App For Boat Navigation
There are surely multiple free apps for boat navigation that you can use on your phone while out on the water. The key is to find one that has the following:
- Clear satellite imagery
- Current location mark
- Low data usage (so it can work away from wifi)
Here are some details for the one that I like best (comes free on all iPhones):
The app shown above is the one I was using in the video to show the general premise of using a free mapping app to safely navigate a boat.
Here are some details on exactly how to use it in case interested:
To change it from map view to satellite view, all you need to is tap the “i” icon in the top right corner…
Then click the satellite button on the right…
Which will allow you to view the satellite version of the map with the blue dot that indicates your location.
Now, all you need to do is make sure the blue dot doesn’t run aground on sand bars or grass flats!
The mapping technology has come a long way in the past 20 years, and that has given us fishermen a huge boost in being able to safely navigate our boats even in areas we’ve never been to before.
And the coolest thing is that now there are many free tools like the map shown in this post that enables us to get extremely helpful data without spending a dime.
Best if all, these new mapping tools can very well help us save our precious grass flats from getting any more prop scar marks in them if all boaters simply knew how to use them.
Have you used other free apps that can do this too? If so, please let us all know by leaving a Comment below.
And please TAG or SHARE this with a fellow boat owner so that we can all be more safe and friendly to our grass flats.
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