Friday, December 9, 2016

Poland & Lithuania vector charts are now available.

We are pleased to announce that vector charts/ENCs covering the coast of Poland and Lithuania are now available.

With the addition of these two folio, we now have complete coverage of Baltic sea countries:

  • Poland
  • Lithuania
  • Estonia
  • Latvia
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • Denmark 
  • Germany

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Mediterranean sea complete vector chart coverage.

Sailing Mediterranean sea, we have you covered. We are pleased to announce that we've pushed a data update that makes complete coverage of Mediterranean sea available to all our customers. Its available for download, effective immediately from our native app on iOS, Android & Windows devices. Coverage is ENC/Vector for Mediterranean folio.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

i-Boating Web App

We are pleased to announce that i-Boating Web App for fishing and marine charts covering US & Canada is now publicly available. You can view it at the link below:

Some of the features available in the web app.
  • Complete coverage of US & Canada (Other regions coming soon)
  • Switch background maps to Street Maps, USGS Satellite Imagery and more.
  • Change depth unit to feet, meter or fathom
  • Use distance bearing tool
  • Display latitude, longitude under cross hairs
  • Rotate maps using mouse or standard touch gesture (Text stays upright on rotation).

If you would like to embed web maps on your website  or like to see more features, feel free to reach out to us.

Friday, September 30, 2016

i-Boating for Windows tablets, PCs, laptops app now supports ENC & Vector charts.

We are pleased to announce that the latest version ( of the Windows app for PCs/tablets/laptops etc now included supports for hardware/GPU accelerated vector marine & lake charts. We support all Windows devices running 8.1 or higher.

  • Rotate marine charts (Text stays upright)
  • Analog zoom
  • GPU/Hardware accelerated
  • Zoom up to as close as 5 ft
  • Custom depth unit (ft, meter, fathom)
  • Keyboard shortcuts for zoom, rotate, tilt 

I've attached a few screenshots from a Windows tablet running the latest vector version.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Marine charts covering France, Greece, Turkey and Italy

We have made a huge addition to our coverage for Mediterranean and Atlantic. Effective immediately marine charts covering the following are available for Android & iOS devices.

  • France
  • Greece
  • Turkey
  • Italy
Coverage is all vector/ENC for these regions.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Europe Inland Rivers/Waterways update (Canal Du Midi, Rhone river and more....)

We've pushed a major update to our folio that covers inland rivers and waterways in Europe. ENC/Vector cells covering the following major regions were added:

  • Canal du Midi: Vector maps covering the entire length of Canal due Midi are now available for both iOS and Android.
  • Rhone River: Now we complete coverage of Rhone river, south of Lyon, all the way to the coast.
  • Canals and waterway around Berlin

Highlight shallow areas using custom depth shading in i-Boating

i-Boating app now supports custom depth shading to highlight shallow areas. I've included a specific example at the end illustrating how to use and before/after screenshots.

1. Without depth shading
2. With depth shading
3. How I figured out what value to choose for shading?

Before depth shading
For e.g. this is what the default map looks for New Jersey inter coastal waterway.  There are two depth areas here (one below 2.95 ft and the other above it). When navigating you would want to highlight the shallow area with a different color.

With depth shading

Here is how to use depth shading:

  • Tap menu/overflow button and select "Settings"
  • Scroll down and check the box that says "Enable Custom Depth Shading"
  • Change shallow depth to 0 ft and safety depth to 2.9f ft
  • Tap Save
Here is a screenshot with custom depth shading.

How to figure out what value to use?

You can use object query to find out depth range of an area. Simply long touch any where int the area and select "Object Query".

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Lake Muritz, Lake Boodensee, Odra river and more...

We have recently added coverage for the following regions. I've also added a few screenshots for Lake Muritz at the end.

  • Lake Muritz
  • Lake Constance/Boodensee
  • Odra river....
Please use the following steps to get this update:
  1. Delete old maps, (This step is important. New map cells are not downloaded if older ones exist).
  2. Re-download map cells.
Deleting old maps

  • Tap menu/overflow button on top right(for Android, its lower right for iPhone) and select "Settings"
  • In settings screen, scroll down and tap on "Delete All Maps"
Downloading new maps
  • -Tap on download icon on top left on your  device.. This will show download grid.
  • - Tap to select grid cells you wish to download.  If a grid cell is already downloaded it will show as green.
  • - Tap "Press to Download

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Vector marine charts over satellite imagery and street maps.

Viewing marine charts and fishing maps over satellite imagery and regular street maps was requested by several i-Boating customers. We are pleased to announce that the feature is now live on Android devices. (iOS version will become available upon Apple approval).

We have provided multiple different sources (currently 10 sources) of basemaps for i-Boating customers to choose from including street maps, USGS Topos, USGS aerial, satellite imagery and more.

Here is how to change the background maps:

  • Tap menu/overflow button on top right and select "Settings"
  • In Settings screen select "Refresh Available Sources" from the dropdown.
  • Select one of the several background maps
  • Tap on Save
I've added a few screenshots with this in action from my Android phone (for Lake Constance/Bodensee and San Francisco Bay).

Friday, May 6, 2016

Depth Offset in i-Boating.

We have recently added support for water level offset in i-Boating. This lets i-Boating users adjust the depth shown on the maps. If you have had less rain in your area (e.g California drought), you may want to decrease the depth shown on the map by specifying a negative value for depth offset. This would change all depth values shown on the map.

  • Tap on menu/overflow button (lower right on iPhone, top right on Android).
  • Select Settings
  • Type in the depth offset you wish to choose.
  • Tap to Save
I've also attached a few screenshots below showing the settings screen on both iOS and Android.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Persian/Arabian Gulf, Red Sea & Gulf of Aden now available in i-Boating

We are pleased to announce that we have added support for coverage of Persian/Arabian Gulf, Red Sea & Gulf of Eden.  The folio covering this region is available in i-Boating for both iOS and Android devices.

The folio includes coverage of the following regions:
You can find more details at the link below:

Friday, March 25, 2016

i-Boating now supports inland Russian waterways (incl. Volga River & Moscow area).

We are really excited to announce the availability of charts covering inland Russian waterways. This includes Volga river and waterways covering Moscow area. Coverage is 100% vector. The app has already been translated to Russian. If you have an Android device, you should already have the version localized to Russian. iOS users, please wait until the new version is approved by Apple.

The following regions are covered in the latest update.

  • Central Region: Includes Volga, Nerl, Kashinka, Unzha, Moskva, Dubna, Hotchya, Shosha, Oka, Reservoir from Tver to Nizhny Nowogrod, Ivankovskoe, Channel im.Moskvy.
  • North West: Curonian Lagoon, Kaliningrad region of the river, Nevskaya Guba, Neva River, rivers and lakes of the Karelian Isthmus, Ladoga lake, Svir river, lake Onega, White Sea-Baltic Canal, Volga-Baltic Canal (Vytegra River), White lake, Iwinski spill
  • South Russia: Volga (Balakovo to Delta), Volgograd reservoir, Volga Delta, Volga-Don canal to them. Lenin, river Don, Tsimlyansk reservoir, Kuban river, river Protoka
  • Volga Karma region: Includes Cheboksary, Kuibyshev, Saratov reservoirs and rivers Kama, Ufa, Chusovaya, Sylva, collapse, Inva, Vishera, Vetluga.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Minnesota fishing maps in i-Boating

i-Boating supports HD Bathymetry (1ft) for Minnesota Fishing Maps.  This includes fishing maps for Kabetogama, Namakan, Minnetonka, Mille Lacs, Leech and over 1500 Minnesota fishing lakes (vector format).
We have also partnered with Vexilar, a Minnesota company to add support for viewing live Sonar on your iOS device. So if you are looking for Minnesota lake depth maps,  i-Boating has you covered.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Advanced instrumentation(Wind, Sonar depth, temperature, GPS over NMEA) now available for Android devices

We are pleased to announce that our latest update for Android now includes support for Advanced instrumentation:

  • NMEA over TCP/UDP: Now, you can connect to your instruments over TCP as well as UDP.
  • GPS over NMEA: If you would like to use external GPS or if your device does not have a built in GPS, the app can now read GPS data from your instruments.
  • Wind direction: The application also shows the wind direction as yellow arrow next to the  current location. To view wind direction on the map, you must tap on Auto Follow. Otherwise it is just shows as text on top of the map.
  • Wind speed
  • Sonar depth
  • Water temperature

You can find more details at the link below:

Friday, February 12, 2016

Ukraine (Black Sea) coverage now available.

We are pleased to announce that we now have detailed coverage of Ukraine(Black Sea) coast available.
More details are available at the link below:

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

AIS(Automatic Identification System) Tracking now available for Android devices

i-Boating client for Android now supports AIS(Automatic Identification System) target display on the map. 
The main features in this update are:
  • Connect to AIS receiver over TCP (NMEA over TCP)
  • Automatic target ageing
  • Color coded AIS targets
  • Tap on target to view more details (ETA, MMSI, IMO Number, Report Age etc.)

Monday, February 8, 2016

SonarPhone Fish Finder/Depth Finder now available in i-Boating app

We have worked very closely with Vexilar, a leading marine electronics company to add support for SonarPhones. Using this Sonar/GPS combo, i­Boating app users will have incredible insight into their fishing spot, what the underwater structure is like and where the monsters are swimming.

Connect Multiple Devices, each with customized Sonar Displays

Multiple devices running i­Boating app can connect to the same SonarPhoneTM, with individually customized Sonar displays. Each i­Boating client can customize the following even if they are connected to the same SonarPhoneTM.
  • Background (Blue, Greyscale or White)
  • Temperature unit (Celsius or Farenheit)
  • Depth unit (Feet or metre)
  • Chart Speed
  • Fish Symbols/Depth
  • Keel offset
  • Temperature offset
  • Fish Alarm
  • Depth Alarm

Auto Follow with Real Time Track Overlay

An adjustable height split screen enables you to look at realtime depth and water temperature along with yourlocation on the map. In Sonar mode, the app turns on auto follow:
  • Continuously update device’s location on the chart.
    • This is the standard moving map that shows device’s position on the chart
  • Real time track overlay of the course you have sailed so far.
    • This shows the course you have already sailed in dark red/brown color. This gives you an idea ofhow you got to your current location.
  • Direction arrow showing a boat’s location if current course is maintained
    • This is helpful to avoid any sailing hazards esp if you are sailing for fun and not following a pre­defined route.

Sonar Logging/Free HD Bathymetry maps

i­Boating Route Manager now includes support for Sonar Logs. Share your Sonar Logs with i­Boating
community and contribute to the creation of HD bathymetry maps for your waterbody.