What's New

Rate of turn vectors showing bending ship course prediction.
Relative scale ship icons - so big ships appear bigger.
Ship names displayed on map - so you can see the ships' names without having to tap on them.

Live View IAP option providing
- AR Camera view to spot ships including range and bearing and "Target lock"
- AIS data as soon as it is transmitted - as good as ,if not better than, having your own VHF AIS receiver on board
- Ships drawn at true scale size when zoomed in on the map - vital for seeing the size of the gap or passage around large vessels.

Local AIS fixes.

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App Description

See and be seen on your boat in Coastal and Inland waters using just your iPhone or iPad - Boat Beacon is the only AIS ship plotting app to share your boat’s position, provide Collision Detection and use real-time data.

“An outstanding app, with great potential. Both interesting to use and very user friendly. This could be a life saver and especially of interest to small boat users. Everyone who goes on the water should have this on and use it!” ***** Sun Dream, App Store Review

Boat Beacon is specifically designed for use on the water and is the only app that provides Bearing, Range and Closest Point of Approach (CPA) calculations in addition to standard AIS information. Boat Beacon uses up-to-the second internet AIS feeds and transmits your location as well as receiving that of other ships. Boat Beacon continuously monitors CPA, notifying if potential collisions are detected even when the app is running in the background as you use your iPhone or iPad for other tasks. Boat Beacon does not require any external AIS transponder or receiver equipment.

Key Features
Over-the-horizon collision avoidance (30 miles radius) using continuous CPA calculations - highlights boats that are on a potential collision course and alerts you with an alarm.

Continually transmits and receives position information and calculates and alarms CPA even when the app is running in the background.

Shares your position with Global Internet AIS Systems anmd other Boat Beacon users in real time.

Real time Ship Map view with North up and Heading up modes so you can look in the direction of the ships on the map to locate them.

Man Overboard tracking, SART Alarm, Anchor watch and Theft alarms.

Amazing live AR Camera View with ships, compass and horizon overlaid (IAP required).

Boat-to-Boat Instant Messaging. Chat directly with other Boat Beacon users and your group in real time for free.

Also supports local AIS via Wifi.

Let Friends and Family see where you are and where you're headed to with our free Boat Watch app or on Boat Beacon and web-based AIS systems like Marine Traffic which have free web viewers available.

Arm all the crews in a race with Boat Beacon and have real time updates on the race positions - inland or at sea - and back in the club house.

Keep a watch and in touch with other boats in your flotilla when sailing in a group.

Ideal for busy and popular inland waters, harbours, ports and coastal areas up to 15 miles out to sea.

Boat Beacon requires internet access to work. Most popular coastal areas in the US have cellular data access extending 12 or more miles out to sea. The UK has nearly complete coastal coverage out to 12 miles. AIS Ship data is provided by a world-wide network of AIS shore based stations and our coastal coverage is amongst the best in the industry and constantly improving. Some areas may not have AIS coverage.

N.B. Boat Beacon is not an AIS transponder. You will not be visible to other ships on their VHF AIS systems.

iPhone or iPad with Compass and GPS.
Internet connection.

Real-time navigation requires a GPS location. iPhone devices and iPads with a cellular modem already have built-in GPS, even if they do not have an active service plan.

You do not need an MMSI number to use Boat Beacon and you can be seen on Boat Beacon by other Boat Beacon users without having one. To be seen on Global AIS systems like Marine Traffic you will need an MMSI number. In the US you can obtain a free one in a few minutes by visiting http://www.boatus.com/mmsi. In the UK visit http://ask.ofcom.org.uk/help/spectrum/mmsi. Or email us for an internet MMSI number.

Please note that continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

Boat Beacon should only be used for basic navigation reference and should not be solely relied upon to determine precise locations, proximity, distance, or direction.

App Screenshots

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Boat Beacon - AIS Marine Navigation screenshot 1 Boat Beacon - AIS Marine Navigation screenshot 2 Boat Beacon - AIS Marine Navigation screenshot 3 Boat Beacon - AIS Marine Navigation screenshot 4 Boat Beacon - AIS Marine Navigation screenshot 5

App Changes

  • October 14, 2014 New version 3.3.1
  • September 19, 2014 New version 3.3
  • August 11, 2014 New version 3.2.2
  • July 11, 2014 New version 3.2.1
  • April 21, 2014 Price decrease: $11.99 -> $9.99
  • April 05, 2014 New version 3.1.2
  • April 03, 2014 New version 3.1.1
  • March 22, 2014 Price increase: $9.99 -> $11.99
  • March 21, 2014 New version 3.1
  • February 21, 2014 New version 3.0.1
  • February 12, 2014 New version 3.0
  • August 10, 2013 New version 2.9
  • June 01, 2013 New version 2.85
  • May 07, 2013 New version 2.8
  • April 11, 2013 New version 2.7
  • February 16, 2013 New version 2.61
  • January 10, 2013 New version 2.60
  • November 09, 2012 New version 2.51
  • October 31, 2012 New version 2.5
  • September 20, 2012 New version 2.4
  • August 16, 2012 New version 2.3
  • August 14, 2012 New version 2.2
  • June 16, 2012 New version 2.1
  • May 26, 2012 New version 2.0
  • April 17, 2012 New version 1.4
  • April 10, 2012 New version 1.3
  • March 26, 2012 New version 1.2
  • March 10, 2012 New version 1.1

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