Pocket Mariner launches New Boat Watch app

By on Aug 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Boat WatchPocket Mariner, developer of nautical apps for boating enthusiasts, has launched its newest app, Boat Watch. With Boat Watch on an iPhone, iPad or iPod, sailors can spot boats and ships and follow them on a real-time, high-definition map regardless of their location.

A unique feature to Boat Watch is an automatic alert for users when a ship they are tracking launches from or arrives at port. This feature, available through an optional add-on purchase (US$2.99), is ideal for people with loved ones at sea, for tracking ferries and rescue vessels, or following cargo across the world.

“A great use of this feature is tracking a favorite local lifeboat or Coast Guard ship,” said Steve Bennett, CEO of Pocket Mariner. “By marking a vessel as a favorite, you’ll get automatic alerts when it launches and then follow its mission live on Boat Watch. I have actually used it to track a lifeboat and seen it rescue a man overboard, which was really exciting.”

Two other features unique to Boat Watch are its fully-gimballed compass mode, enabling boaters to ensure they are looking in the right direction to spot or identify boats and ships and its support for AIS Search and Rescue Transponders (SART), showing their location and emergency message.

The free Boat Watch app enables any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch user to:

  • Spot any boat or ship via real-time AIS
  • See the Name, Type and Destination of each vessel
  • Set any boat as a “Favorite,” and automatically track it on the map
  • Search and find boats and places
  • Share boats on Facebook, Twitter or by email

For users of Pocket Mariner’s Boat Beacon app, Boat Watch enables friends and family of the user to follow their voyages on their own devices.

Boat Watch is a free Universal app, which works on iPhone, iPod and iPad.

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