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IOS charts and weather now available offline

Many of our users requested this feature to be made available on iOS - we promised we were working on it and we have! As of today, offline chart and weather data are now available for both iOS (iOS 14 and above) and Android users!

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How to plot a course to steer on a nautical chart

Okay so you’re getting ready to go sailing, your passage plan is done and it’s time to plot your course to steer

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What Safety Equipment is Needed for a Boat - Detailed List and Tips!

If you love boating then you probably know more than most that the sea can be your best friend, and at times, your greatest challenge. Safety kit for you and your boat is the most expensive kit you own that you’ll always wish you never have to use.

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The Best Sailing Videos on YouTube - Our Favourites!

Hi everyone, if like us you're climbing the walls at home thinking about all the beautiful sailing you're missing in this stunning spring weather, you might be in need of a little respite.

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How to Maintain Your Boat During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Many of us are missing our beloved time out on the water. Sailing with our friends and family has been replaced with isolation restrictions, lockdown measures and/or social distancing requirements.

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Collision Regulations (COLREGS) Explained

We love to sail, as do many other people around the world. This love for the sea inevitably leads to crowded waterways where, just like in a car, you need to know the rules of the road.

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Preparing for Your Yachtmaster Exam

So you’ve decided to go for it, you’re going to become a Yachtmaster, brilliant! Now there’s one pesky thing standing in your way, the all important exam.

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Your Essential Boat Departure Checklist

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for, it’s almost time to leave land behind and set off! Before you cast off your lines, there are a few essential things you need to do in order to ensure a smooth getaway and a safe and comfortable trip.

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Sailing Tips for Beginners

Sailing looks so easy in the movies. The sun is always shining, the crew are in shorts and the weather is beautiful. Back in the real world however, a little more preparation and planning needs to go into your time on the water.

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Tips for Cruising With Your Dog

Was “man’s best friend” made for boating? One of the great pleasures in life is having a dog as a companion. The other, many of us would argue, is being on a boat.

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Course To Steer Now Available With savvy navvy

Savvy navvy is the first all-in-one marine navigation solution for boaters across the globe. As of today our community members will get a recommended Course To Steer (CTS) when plotting routes with savvy navvy.

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Essential Knots for Boating

Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or just out for the day, there are few standard boating knots everyone should know. The good news is, it doesn’t matter if you didn’t learn how to tie knots at school, anyone can learn.

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A Packing Survival Guide for Your First Charter

There’s an age-old rule about packing. Lay everything out on the bed, then reduce it by half. The theory? You basically never use most of what you take with you!

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savvy navvy Explained

A question we get from people new to savvy navvy is, “Sounds good, but how’s it different to what’s already available?”. You might be wondering the same thing, so let me try to explain.

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How to Become a Day Skipper

A Day Skipper qualification forms part of a series of courses sailors can undertake such as competent crew, coastal, yachtmaster, yachtmaster instructor and yachtmaster offshore.

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Guide to Using VHF Radio at Sea

When you’re out boating it’s likely you’ll need to communicate with others around you (for instance to relay information or to raise an alarm), and the way you do this onboard is via your VHF radio.

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Variation and Deviation - what you need to know

You’re off sailing. You’ve plotted your course on the chart, so isn’t it now just a case of reading it off and asking the helm to steer it? Unfortunately not, and here’s why.

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What to Know Before Renting a Boat

With spring on our doorstep many of us are starting to plan our summer holiday, and chartering is likely to be a top contender. At savvy navvy, users from all over the globe are using the app to explore their routes, why not try out yours too!

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How to Enter a Marina at Night

Entering an unfamiliar marina at night, it’s something we’re all advised to avoid and rightly so as it can be dangerous. At some stage in your sailing career however you will find yourself needing to come into a new marina in the dark.

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How to Anchor Your Boat

There are few (if any) topics which generate as much discussion, and as much anxiety among boaters as anchoring.

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How to Enter a Marina Safely

One of the most daunting aspects, even for the most seasoned of sailors, is mooring up in a strange marina after a long day.

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Improve Your Helming Techniques

The first few times I took the helm, it reminded me of when I learnt to drive. Sat behind the wheel of a car for the first time, I wondered how the heck I was ever going to manage everything at once:

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