Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Boating on a BlackBerry


The 2010 version of the weather radio is an app that runs on your smartphone.

Mobile Mariner, out of Mystic, Connecticut, has created the latest must-have technology for boaters. Their new app (which currently runs on your BlackBerry, and should work on the iPhone and other handhelds in the very near future) actually does much more than a weather radio. It puts essential information to anyone who lives, works or plays on the water in the palm of your hand.

In addition to bringing you the marine weather forecast from the NOAA National Weather Service, the app reports weather conditions invaluable to sailors – including wind speed, wind heading, wind gusts, air and water temperature, and barometric pressure.

Mobile Mariner is also a virtual tide chart, showing both predicted and observed tide information, in text and graph format, for all NOAA primary tide stations.

Planning a trip? Mobile Mariner has you covered, as subscribers can continuously monitor up to 10 different weather zones and up to 10 different tide stations.

If you've got a BlackBerry with an SD Card, we strongly recommend you download the seven-day free trial from www.mobilemariner.com and give it a try. You can then decide whether it is worth the $5/month during your boating season to keep using the app, a subscription fee which we are told can be started and stopped so that you only pay when you use your boat.

Please comment here with your review of the product after you try it.

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