Top Rated Mobile Weather Tools


The BoatUS Foundation recently tested and rated the top on-the-water weather services – everything from cellular phone text messaging to Sirius satellite weather on a chart plotter. The list includes the best iPhone app, Blackberry app, satellite weather tools and more. These weather delivery options are geared toward coastal and inland boaters to use when they’re out on the water.

Before you embark on your Labor Day travel, be sure to download the marine weather information that works best for your mobile device…

Best Free Flip Phone Option: NOAA’s mobile.weather.gov

Best Blackberry App: Mobile Mariner (can display historic buoy data and marine weather forecasts)

Best Free App: WeatherBug

Satellite Weather: XM WX Weather

Best iPhone App: MarineCast (provides a graphical map display of marine weather)

You can visit boatus.com for more details and analysis of each service. There’s also a nifty chart of the best options by phone provider.

P.S. For iPhone users in particular, check out this list of helpful boating applications that simplify everything from finding boat ramps to getting the latest marine fuel prices, courtesy of Discover Boating.


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Stephanie Vatalaro

Stephanie Vatalaro

Stephanie Vatalaro is vice president of communications for the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation and its Take Me Fishing and Vamos A Pescar campaigns where she works to recruit newcomers to recreational fishing and boating and increase awareness of aquatic conservation. Stephanie grew up in the Florida Keys as the daughter of a flats fishing guide. Outside of work, you can find her fishing and boating with her family on the Potomac River in the Northern Neck of Virginia.

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