Boating US&Canada App revisa

My Chart Plotter is now my backup

Got this app 3 years ago as a backup to my Simrad chart plotter. However with the features, more user-friendly interface, screen clarity and portability, this is now my primary navigation tool. Works in and out of cell range equally. Anyone complaining about the subscription cost has never purchased a proper chart plotter with map updates.

Good Map, Terrible App

The app is just about useless as whenever I scroll around the screen it takes me to my web browser for thunderforest terms of service. I can’t look at a new area and look around as this is constantly happening. I prefer inavx with the navionics charts.

Idea & features good but map accuracy most important

Hotspots, road & creek beds are good but most of the bathymetric data for the main lakes I fish in central Ohio are inaccurate, showing fish holding spots like drop offs and points invalid. Humminbird maps better.


The app is great for reference. But I wouldn’t trust it to plot a route. It seems to revert back to old data (when the water was far shallower) but only when plotting a route on Lake St. Clair. Other than that its great. I really wish this didn’t happen.

Great navigation app! Needs Active Captain.

I use this app for its excellent auto-routing capability, to determine reliable ETAs and distances, and (when I’m driving the boat while my husband showers, etc.) to make sure I’m on course and aware of necessary information. My biggest criticism is that there is not enough user/community data - we need more anchorages, docks, marinas, and reviews of same. We’re cruising now and I regularly find myself referencing AquaMap’s Active Captain data to find more options for places to dock/moor/anchor, and to read the helpful reviews to determine usefulness for our situation. PLEASE ADD Active Captain to your app. Also: PLEASE CREATE A LARGER CHARACTER FIELD FOR in-app user-entered site INFORMATION AND REVIEWS, it’s currently way to small. I’m wicked impressed with the accuracy of your auto-routing feature, thank you!

The only app that matters accept...

I love this app, and probably would not have completed the R2AK last year without its constant usefulness. I have however had a big problem with the app after I repurchased it this year. Every time I open the app, there are a couple dangerous screens that I have to navigate through, by declining to login. This is unacceptable. I do not need to login to use a map. And sometimes when I open the app it’s because I need to know the depth or tides NOW. Not a few screens later. I have not found a way to stop Navionics from asking me to login. I am not going to login. Please add a “turn off login” option under privacy in the menu. Thank you.

Dock to Dock

Great app for charts. Dock to Dock on an iPhone 6+ does not seem to work at all. Tried Chart viewer on MacPro laptop with no luck either. Only get a “No route found” message. Chart viewer frequently changes language also. Tried to Chat and get “No chat available in English” message

A good resource with some big annoyances

The is my chart plotter and basically a good one. A big annoyance is that while panning with one finger the screen arbitrarily zooms. Very very frustrating. I went to the Help section of the app and on the bottom there is a searchable web option. However, as soon as the keyboard appears, the keyboard disappears. Very strange behavior.

Good app

I Dishley get this app one star however after restarting my phone the version I purchased became up-to-date with full information and depth charts. The water levels are fairly accurate just adjust the depth if you have higher low water for the year.

Best money can buy

Absolutely wonderful I have been running boats for 35 years And I have used all programs And believe it or not I always end up using this app and gets Best Infos fast simple inexpensive. Highly recommended.

Not OK

I’m a pro boat captain. I originally paid the one time fee for this app. It’s not ok to renig on our deal and wipe my charts. For those paying annually, you could find yourself at sea and your charts suddenly wiped from your device at expiration. Happened to me. This is a safety issue and is unethical. I’ve since discovered there are other great chart apps.

Feature Request

First of all, this is a great app. Very user friendly and accurate. Run it on an iPad independant of all other electronics. Love the sonic charts when in tricky passages. Requests: 1- Would really like to have an option to select Magnetic Headings mode. All other equipment operates in this mode. 2- Secondly, would like to be able to shut off the function whereby a screen touch automatically creates a route waypoint. This is very irritating when touching the screen for other reasons ( even a longer activation delay would do it ). Love this product and stake my 54’ yacht on it !!

Does not support Apple Watch.

Excellent app but does not support Apple Watch. Spend a few more dollars and get auto routing. The community editing feature is great.

Excellent charting software

I use your Boating US and Canada as an avid boater throughout the Great Lakes and Florida. Would like to see AIS functionality incorporated in future. I use this app as a redundant charting tool with my other Navionics based charting instruments.

Do NOT download

They removed free access to automatic routing! A sleezeball move to get more subscribers and screw those of us who enjoyed functionality after buying the app.

Buyer beware

Like the other reviewers, I purchased this app a few years ago and use it all the time; especially when scouting new lakes. The company realized they could make more money and claim they sold us a subscription which expired (although there was no mention of it being a subscription when it was originally purchased). If they have done it once they will probably do it again...

Was a better app before last update

Was5 star now 3. Yesterday I was using this app with sat overlay and using its topo feature to confirm its placement. Today I updated, and you have to pay for the same old features. I'm not sure I like an app that's getting less features in its updates. Been a user for 3 years now. What's the deal? Currently browsing for other options.

UI is Ok; continuously uses data in background

UI is Ok; continuously uses data in background even when I've force closed the app, which burns battery and, well, uses data. They only provide the option to Always use data or Never, whereas most apps give a middle option. Screen lags and glitchy.

Navigating Alaska Waters

I found this app to be very helpful when navigating the coastline of Southeast Alaska. I live on Prince of Wales Island and use this application every time I go out. When first using it I was surprised to find how accurate was. I use it to avoid shallow water and hidden obstruction as well as for tracking my course and speed. This app has many other features including weather and tide

How much did you pay?

This is actually a very good app....but the App Store said the price was $14.99....I thought. I was billed $34.95. That's messed up.

App crashes

I have an iPhone 6 Plus and I am having an issue with the app crashing after a few mins of use. It crashes when I try and scroll up or down the map looking at areas of concern for navigation. After about a min of doing that the app just crashes and closes and takes me back to my iPhone home screen. This didn't happen on the previous version only the new updated version.

Pop up ads

I'm throughly disappointed that I now have to deal with pop up ads every time I use this app that I paid for. Put it back the way it was without ads.

Works well - looking forward to more data

This app seems pretty nice. The last version had issues that made my position jump every few seconds. It's more stable now. My only gripe is that I would like to see more data in less traveled areas. Hopefully this fills in as people use it and upload their sonar data. Of course, once I get my fishfinder/gps, this will be redundant. Not a big expense for the security of a backup charting solution.

Take out the ads

Great little App. It was far from cheap. Please remove the third party advertising from the latest release.

Wasted $15

The lake I plan on fishing in Canada is not included.

these guys remove features to make you subscribe

The app itself is fundimentally solid. The bean counters at Navionics have decided that having tides built into your chart plotter is a premium feature, and now want you to pay $8 a year for a feature that has been part of the app for years. Nice Upgrade guys! I wonder what they will remove from the core app next. Not Impressed.

Best I've found

Love this app. Full offline downloaded maps. I've used this app a bunch of times and it works every time. Love making routes waypoints on the Chesapeake where there is close to zero cell service most of the time.

Amazing GPS software

I purchased this app for my ipad and iphone, it is one of the best apps I've ever seen. It is capable of downloading your map area to use offline with GPS while boating. Updates very often. This is a lot better than any GPS I've ever owned.


The current version is failing to download charts for and adjacent to Canada--at least for me. Also made an in-app purchase for charts associated with the Caribbean and South America, and those areas failed to download for me as well.

Ok at best

Over priced for as little lake info you get in Canada. Lake contours are crappy for Lake of the Woods. Noticed that other lakes in Canada have the same problem. Overall I would only recommend this app, for Canada, if a chip is out of your price range. Keep your fingers crossed that the lake you plan on fishing in Canada is even has lake contours.

Can't trust it

Way too many errors to be able to trust it. For instance in Puget Sound off West Point it shows depths of over 2400 feet in the middle of an area surrounded by 700 foot depths. NO other chart thinks there are depths that extreme there (there aren't). A little farther north it shows a depth of 5 feet in another area that is 600'-700' deep. Trust and credibility are out the window.


No coverage for all lakes like it leads you to think. Call them to check before you buy, expensive mistake For me!

No option to navigate with magnetic compass bearings

...must convert your boat's magnetic compass bearing to true bearing and back and forth between app and physical compass on boat, which can get confusing, especially in difficult seas with your hands full. Have mentioned this oversight to company many times to no avail. They don't get it as well as other issues with app they've been unresponsive about multiple times. Wonder if they are mariners. Would not recommend. Would not have purchased if had known basic flaws of app...

Da Best!

I have used this app for more than a year exclusively. It has helped me successfully navigate the Pacific Ocean from SanFrancisco to Hawaii and almost every hawaiian island. It is the best alternative to chart plotters with real time GPS. For $14.99! I couldn't ask for a better navigation aid. I have the app on my iPhone and iPad for one flat rate. Without this app, I may have run aground or got lost many times. Well worth the cost.


I could not navigate the california delta without it. Essential for boating and most useful for fishing.

Gold Standard for iOS Marine Navigation

This is super solid accurate navigation app for iOS. When chartering it's not uncommon to use the GPS version of this software.(moorings in BVI) I really like the auto routing upgrade. I have tried to trick it and it is spot on. Navionics is doing a great job.


Very good cheaper than the GPS version well worth it.

Super detail for such little money!!!

I have been using this app. on my phone for 3 years or more, I've never had a major problem I fish tourny fish all over 4 states Ar. La. Ok. Tx. It's always spot on. I have fish over 100 tourneys at night. Never had a problem ever. I use it 3 or 4 times a week at night in the summer and its never let me down.

Super App

Turns your phone into a fully functional chart plotter and the charts are outstanding. Highly recommended!!!


Use it all the time when planing fishing trips. It's almost like having my chart plotter in my hands at all times

This app is the best

I've been on the water my whole life and this app is simply amazing. Totally works in the tightest of Chanels and scary rocks. Ignore the negative comments as clearly they are written by land lubbers who should not be anywhere near a boat. I use the app in an obscure area in the Great Lakes and the accuracy is phenomenal.


App was absolutely useless when finding depth and structure. I mean it was 20 feet off in a 30 foot lake. Didn't show sunken islands or ANYTHING like that. It did tell me where I was on the lake and the accesses but DO NOT by this app for the sole purpose of finding structure on lakes to fish.


Good depth maps but I phone 5 have to re download it ever time I use it.

Great app

This paired with a LifeProof waterproof case is fantastic. It's a great value for a backup nav tool and I love it for navigating while fishing in the back of the boat with a trolling motor. I've used it all over the puget sound and even offshore off the coast of Washington. Works good. Older versions would crash every once in a while but it only took a second to bring it back up again.

dont buy!!!!!!!!!!

Navionics Support is horrible. They will update the app to a new name and then not support the old app. THEN make you repurchase!!

New version to OS 5

I had this app on my iPhone version 4.3 and it worked wonderful. When I updated my iPhone to OS 5, I had to download a new version of Navionics to run on OS 5. This new version is not accurate and good details of the lakes and bottom contours don't exist for most of the lakes. When will it get fixed? FIXED I've downloaded the Lakes of US & Canada to my new iPhone 5 and the accuracy is fixed and it works great. Daryl

Navionics is ignoring a bug

In the vicinity of Reedville - Smith Pt, VA, as you zoom in the navaids disappear completely. Come on, Navionics, surely you can fix that. Problem fixed, thanks to a very helpful and competent person at Navionics whom I won't risk embarrassing by mentioning her name.

Saved my Bacon and I mean it!

I started runnng the saltwater flats in Jacksonville Fl. I like to fish. I just bought a new iPhone 3GS I just purchased this Navionics app so I could see where I am while fishing. I had little knowledge of the program and with all new things I had not spent much time learning it. To set a number on it about 0 to 1. Yesterday I went fishing up the ICW, hung a right and ran to the mouth of Simpsons Creek. The time is 2:50pm. I started fishing, winds picked up, lightning starts. at what appears to be way out there. It wasn't. I cranked up the boat and started heading back to the dock. The rain came up with so much speed I couldn't believed it. Then the lightning started. The rain was so blinding I couldn't even see in front of me. I now arrive at the ICW and turn left to head back to the ramp.I have never seen a rain or storm like this one. I tried to get the boat on plain to beat the storm. That didn't happen. I am trying to run marker to marker to get back to the ramp. That didn't happen. When I hit the ICW I still couldn't see a thing in the storm. I followed what I thought was the ICW (intercoastal waterway). That didn't happen. I kept going at a slow speed, blinding rain. the waterway kept getting narrower. Odd I thought.. You guessed it! I was lost. I was down at the end of some creek or offshoot. I notice the backend weight on the boat. I pull up the hatch and its full of water. Of course from the storm. I hit the bilge pump. That didn't happen. It's not working. I hit the live well to see if it recycles. That didn't happen. I now have boat filled with water from the storm and no way to get rid of it. The rain lets up. Lightning everwhere. I wander around for an hour trying to get out of this creek. No way! I took a 44oz drink cup and bailed all the water out from the backend of the boat. I didn't pull the iPhone out for fear of getting it wet, it was in the dry storage locker. I get hung up on an oyster bar. That too another 20 minutes to get of it. Pushing with an oar paddle. I break free of the oyster bar, i get out the iPhone. I hit the Navionics app. I hit tracking and everyother button trying to figure where am I at????. I keep pushing the in and out buttons on the map to try and figure it out. Then the red line indicator started blinking and the arrow moving. Huh? Ok. A body of water is to my right. In out , in out. ITS THE CREEK! I slide up and down the map and realize I am at the end of what is called Garden creek. I am not only in the creek, but at the extreme end of it with little or no indications of size. Also shallow water, this is not good. I start heading to the bigger water, following the red indicator line and arrow. It dosen't look to me as if I can make it there. Land or flats cover would prevent it. I just kept following the indicators. The indicator took me everyway that I had circled for hours. But then the large end of the creek and deeper water came up. In out, in out. It looks like I am in the right course. I was. The creek widened, the indicator kept directing me, I followed it right up the creek. Slowly and came to the mouth and ran into some fishermen. They said your in the right directiion just around the corner. I went through the Navionics "shallow water" notes, with the boat slowly. I hit the ICW and ran back to the ramp. Safe and sound. Wet cloths, chilled and all, but safe. To the brethren at Navionics. YOU SAVED MY BACON. I am 70 years old, fish by myself and I don't need getting lost up in creeks i am not familar with. To Navionics "God bless us everyone Tiny Tim". Its a great progam for your iPhone, and may save your BACON! Thanks Guys great job, great program. ontheflats and from the iPhone ontheflatsnow.

Worthless to me

Because you can't specify what charts to download and cache ahead of time (and STAY cached), you're stuck sailing only in areas with cell coverage so you can constantly download the charts you need. We specifically sail in areas that don't have coverage so this app is worthless to us.

Excellent Marine App

Read the 1st review. It says pretty much everything about the GPS side of this app., including suggestions I would also make to Navionics to enhance this product). But there is also much more… wind and tide data for wherever you go, access to pilot guides (under "Magazines') and much,much more…making this a must-have for any serious boater

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