Smartphone boating is in the air...and on the water.
A growing number of apps allow sailors to both monitor and control a host of onboard systems, from gangways to cabin lighting. Practical data now available on your iOS or Android phone or tablet runs from engine function, battery condition and tank levels to water purification system information. Security functions include unauthorized entry warnings, smoke detection and anchor dragging/vessel movement alerts. Smart devices also can be used for the remote control of systems as diverse as bilge pumps and bow thrusters, among many others.