Toys or tools?
Often one to make cerebral commentary, our friend Bob on Boat Bits recently posted about the similarities, and differences, of 3 sports that he enjoys: surfing, climbing and sailing. The main difference between the three he attributed to what he calls the “gear factor,” that being the amount of equipment that one requires to fully participate in the sport. Certainly, when it comes to gear, sailing, and even more so cruising, has to be up near the top of the list. Our sailing friend Drew, who is also an experienced climber, has said that he believes that “dinghies are about sailing and that cruising boats are about systems.” With the myriad of gear that we have to maintain, I have to agree.
I’m not suggesting that this is altogether a bad thing though. I, like many people, am fond of “toys.” Perhaps I’m like a cat that is attracted to a shiny bell hanging from a string but I love new pieces of gear, whether they be blocks, lines or electronics. As such, I am really digging our new iPad, and I can’t be the only one as there are a bazillion apps that one can download to run on them. Included among that huge list of apps are dozens aimed solely at sailors and boaters!
Yesterday evening, I posted a question on Facebook asking my friends to list their favorite apps for the iPad (iPhone). If you are using any that you think are worth mentioning, please post their details here. I’m definitely interested in any apps that you feel can benefit us while cruising but don’t limit your suggestions to that category. If there are some that you feel are valuable to bloggers, or for productivity, or even for entertainment, I’d love to hear about them. Coincidentally, one of our blog readers, Jens, just commented yesterday about the app that he developed for the iPhone, Marine Tool, which easily completes time/distance/speed calculations. I have yet to download it but I’m sure I will.
And while I’m plugging iPhone apps, I have to give a shout-out for our friend Carl and his Siesta Key application. Carl loves the Florida Keys and his app is designed to help you get the most out of your visit to the area, and it’s FREE. Check it out!
Screenshots from Carl’s Siesta Key app.
One further note, later today we need to return the Wi-Fi modem that our friend David lent us and as such, there is a good chance that I will not be able to post first thing tomorrow morning before we fly out. If you don’t see a new post, why not take the time to check out our Research Page. I added 5 new links to the “cruisers that we have met” category that should keep you entertained. Can you find which ones are new?
The plane we will be on in less than 24 hours.