Boater's Pocket Reference Reference App Review (iOS, $4.99)


Languages: English

Seller: Double Dog Studios

* Improved navigation
* Bug fixes
* Search term highlighting

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
34 Ratings
All Versions:
142 Ratings


Hundreds of pages of boating information on your iPhone,iPod Touch or iPad! The Boater’s Pocket Reference caters to all levels of boating expertise with a wide variety of content including 800 illustrations and photographs and a myriad of charts and graphs. Boater’s Pocket Reference is a popular and useful printed book and the app is even better.

Handy, Fact-Filled Boating Guide

Boater’s Pocket Reference offers handy, how-to-do-it information and reference facts, figures, formulas, graphs, and tables about boating.

Who needs this book?

New boaters: This app provides an extensive introduction to all aspects of boating.

Experienced boaters: A great reference and memory jogger.

Everyone who wants to make their boating safer and more enjoyable.


* Piloting and Navigation—including the use of charts, GPS, radar, and sonar.
* Communications—VHF, SSB, satellite.
* U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard boating regulations
* International, U.S., and Canadian Navigation Rules (Rules of the Road)
* Understanding aids to navigation
* Understanding weather—air movement, fronts, clouds, weather maps.
* Boat types, design, and construction as well as boating terminology
* The essentials of good seamanship—the basics of operating a boat.
* Marlinespike seamanship—lines and knots—including 50 different knots.
* Mechanical—engines and propellers.
* Electrical—circuits, DC and AC wiring, batteries, chargers, inverters, lightning.
* Boat trailering tips, techniques, maintenance, wiring.
* General reference tables—time zones, holidays, weight and volume of liquids, and more.
* Extensive unit conversion tables
* Boating resources—organizations, phone numbers, web sites, including Coast Guard and Power Squadron.
* Glossary of marine terminology.
* Over 100 boating-related calculators.

No boater can afford to be without this valuable and handy guide.

About the Author
Thomas McEwen is an avid boater and former mining engineer. Tom is also a member of the Boulder Valley Sail and Power Squadron in Colorado.

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Customer Reviews

  • Wow!

    by Floridasailor

    I was in the Navy, and have boated for 50 years, sail and power. This collection of essential boating knowledge and tips is an awesome addition to your mobile device. Amazing wealth of useful info. Must have if you are a boater!

  • Very informative

    by Zeberifo

    As a novice boater, this reference guide is very useful. I learned a lot and will bring this app along with me on my next boat trip. Very much recommended and worth the cost.

  • Review

    by Zzz. Zzz. Zzz

    Very informative, stable app. Great information if you're learning or preparing for a test.

  • Outstanding

    by Thisoldfish

    I purchased this as a backup "go to" in case I didn't have Chapman's etc available- however I find myself using this primarily now and it's much more expansive and thorough than I had initially thought. Kudos-- excellent app. Well worth it!

  • Tons of info!

    by Nicole deBeaumont

    This app contains tons of information for both the beginning and experienced boater. Handy checklists that can be printed or emailed ensure you're always prepared for your voyages and that you don't forget any important steps.

  • Great App!

    by Pejones95

    Valuable, easily understood information. Diagrams are well drawn and explained. Great tool for learning seamanship.

  • New to Boating

    by OHBA

    I took a boat safety coarse and like most things learned they are lost when not applied. I used this app to give me some refresher. It helps point out the areas you need to practice and learn before they become habit. The layout is well thought out and easy to use. Job well done and well worth the money!

  • Superb

    by Notsnif

    Excellent informational app. I read it to reinforce navigation rules and to maintain navigation skills. Truly a great resource.

  • All at your fingertips

    by Cap'n Pappy

    This app puts so much useful boating information on your iPad. It is probably the best boating app out there. Covers all aspects including navigation, weather, rules of the road, and boat systems. As a new boat owner and after talking to several veterans, this is the app to have!

  • Handy reference

    by sphereboy66

    Complete and easy to use

  • Boat ref

    by Ladcnd

    Very Good Reference!!!

  • keeps getting better

    by Super sharks

    I love that they keep adding info to this app, very useful!!!

  • Handy reference

    by Yellsworth

    Great app and handy to have on the iPhone. Glossary is somewhat limited but still helpful.

  • Best boating reference app ever!!!

    by wcanderson

    Text, calculators...everything you could want to know about boats or boating right at your fingtips.

  • Great App

    by Al Ag

    Great App. Materials clear and to the point and to be able to use on both the IPad and IPhone is a great. Finally, the printed copy is the ultimate backup to a fine electronic tool.

  • Great stuff

    by Fred Late For Pizza

    Learning lots and lots for me to learn.

  • Excellent

    by gadgetklm

    Very well done. Excellent layout, easy to use and navigate. A plethora of information. The newest update makes it nearly perfect. Keep up the good work.

  • Great reference app

    by edtorrey

    This reference is very good for non boaters and novices looking for broad high-level coverage of power and sail boating terminology and concepts. Lack of navigation, search, bookmark and output prevented fifth star.

  • Great app

    by Riverspirits

    Very informative and helpful reference!

  • Great learning tool!

    by Mystica07

    Just learning about boats. This is getting me a great head start before my formal training. In the future I can see this as a good app to go back to for a quick reference.

  • Very detailed information!

    by mjv69

    Everything you need to know and should know before taking any boat out on the water.

  • All the information is here.

    by losmanios

    Great resource for all boaters.

  • Great Boating Info

    by Yobroso

    This is really a great informational app. Any thing you need to know or brush up on is in this electronic book. I've been boating for over 25 years and I'm steal finding out good info from this app.

  • Best I've found.

    by Texas Gun Guy

    This is the best app for boating I've found. If you can't find what you need here, you don't belong on a boat.

  • Great reference

    by naalhevia

    I have own two boats and I have been boating for some time, and I find myself returning to read this book quite often. It is an excellent source of basic seamanship. Every recreational skipper should have this book as a reference. Very useful.


    by misskimberly007

    This is bar-none the best informational boating app on the market...period!!! Written for both the beginner or an expert, this book is perfectly laid out to access any bit of information you may want/need to know about boats.

  • New boater

    by Hfrag

    Love it!!!!

  • NewbieBoater :-)

    by Zari-Rose

    Excellent. Thank you.

  • Boaters Reference

    by Dchiarel

    Extremely well laid out and a wonderful companion on board. Instant answers when required. Every boater with an I Pad should have it.

  • Great Resource

    by Genkigary

    Like having a concise copy of Chapman's. Fantastic.

  • This is the holy grail of boat APPS!

    by hobocat451

    I have to say that it is a valuable tool and resource and not just a nice concept app. This is a powerful recourse and a joy to have...

  • A Treasure Chest of Information

    by Raincountry

    One of the best buys in a marine application that I have come across. I have yet to find each individual jewel of reference information, however, I will say that it is packed with good information and well worth the price. Plus it really does fit in a pocket and will not mildew. This is an excellent addition to my boat library.

  • Excellent app!

    by Azav8er

    Tons of pertinent information, and a lot more of "that's good to know" type stuff!

  • Good app

    by Dryleaf

    Lot of great info.

  • Very Comprehensive

    by Joseph Branzetti

    The best and most complete organization of information I have seen since I got my license over 20 years ago. More boaters need to have and study it. Since I am a broker now I will be sending it to my clients as a gift. Very well done.

  • Great App

    by Bob's Cay

    Don't use it as often as I should but when I want info it is there and easy to find.

  • Excellent Reference

    by Embraces

    This app is a great reference for anyone who enjoys boating. Well written and good illustrations. Calculators for many boating calculations are a good addition to this reference.

  • Oceans of information

    by Hard sell

    One of, if not the best apps I've purchased. If you are a boater, no matter your skill level or vessel type , you will find a 'ship load' of useful information in this app.

  • No brainer

    by WanderingFool17

    The hard copy is aboard my boat and has tons of info. I have Bowditch aboard as well, but go to BPR first every time. The iPhone app is seamless. Much easier to look things up and search. Hard copy was $15, $5 for the app is more than fair. I highly recommend either the app, hard copy, or both. If you get just one, get the hard copy, if you're a sailor you know why. A+.

  • Great reference

    by richcasey

    Lots of good info for the boater and well worth the cost. 1 star due to occasional crashing. One even forced a reboot!

  • Awesome on the iPad

    by ncianca

    The new version is awesome on the iPad. Thanks for making this universal!

  • Boater's Pocket Reference

    by Big Pirate

    I am a full time boating instructor, licensed captain and a boating accident investigator. I have used and recommended the hard copy of this book for some time. I have used this app. both in the classroom and out on the water. I now can leave the book in my navigation kit with my plotting tools. If you don't get the app. at least buy the book.

  • This is a great app!

    by MHavil

    I'm a new boater and found this app a great reference to have on hand when I had any questions on boating. Highly recommend it!

  • Sailing

    by sailingpdx

    Wonderful reference even though it's not meant for sailing specifically. Already used it for explaining some sailing fundamentals.

  • Almost Perfect

    by Railrd

    Having a 1600 ton master lic. This is a great app for looking up things not used on a daily basis. The one thing that would be nice is if the Rules of the Road were in order instead of jumping all over the place.

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