Function: Automated GPS based logging app
Wow, it has been almost a month since I have made a new blog post. Summer finally arrived here in the Midwest so I have been trying to take advantage of every nice day and get out on the water. I am sure you all understand and hope you are enjoying the summer too.
WaveTrax is one of the latest logbook apps to hit the market. I have reviewed a few over the years including Salid , Boating Suite and NavPlay. The unique thing about this logbook app is that it synchronizes your travels with the WaveTrax online website where you can edit, save, print and share your adventures.
- Automated Logbook
- Live GPS
- Multiple ship details
- Nautical maps
- Trip details
- Record all your adventures
- Print logs in pdf format and share them online
- Facebook, Twitter and email options
- Compatible with iPhone or iPad’s GPS models
- Records track logs in the background
- Enhance your logs with maps, photos, notes & annotations
- Access and edit your journeys on the Web
- WaveTrax logs can’t get lost, damaged or filled up like a paper logbook.
- Lifetime use of the App
- Upgrades and customer support plus 1 year’s access to WaveTrax.com
- Web access is renewable with an optional in-app purchase
The first thing you will first want to do is create a login and password for the app and website. Next you will want to change some settings to reflect the units you want your trip information to displayed in.
Settings include Distance, Length, displacement, latitude and longitude readings, and speed. The Setting can be viewed in English or Metric units.
Others setting included map marker settings, contacts information, map marker intervals, warnings and web access.
Next you will want to fill out your Ships information under the My Ship icon. Multiple yachts can be added if you have more than one vessel or crew on another and want to keep a log.
Ships data includes name, sail number, type, manufacturer, designer, model, year and dimensions. The app allows you to attach an image of your yacht to the log also.
Next select the Contacts page. Here you can list your Skipper, Crew, Mates and others onboard your yacht.
This data is save and can then be accessed when you start a journey. This way you don't have to type in the crew names each time you start a journey. WaveTrax remembers them for your next trip.
Select the Journey icon to start a log for a new trip. The New trip entry page will then come up prompting you for a few bits of information about your trip.
Trip data entry items includes log type, trip type, departure point, destination, ship name, crew and starting conditions.
This process is easy and takes just a few seconds to quickly check off items to include in your trip.
You can add as much or as little detail as you want because most of the fields are optional.
Scroll down and tap the Begin Voyage bar at the bottom and your logs automatically starts recording speed, course and GPS tracking data.
The History icon is where all the logs of your trips are stored. Each trip can be selected to show a map of your travels. Use the filter to quickly find logs for a specific year or trip type.
All the pertinent information about the trip is listed along with the trip type, start and stop time, start and stop locations, duration, distance, average speed and maximum speed.
Details for your ships sailing or motoring time can also be displayed including fuel consumption, course, crew and log entries.
WaveTrax has tried to make the logging process as automatic and easy as possible. They want to take the work out of boating so you can just start the app, select "Start a Journey" and you done. WaveTrax does the rest for you automatically behind the scenes.
It automatically records the GPS track, speed and course of your boat at user defined intervals.
Logs and trips can be easily shared on Facebook, Twitter and through email by selecting the icon at the top of the page. You will have to provide your account setting in the setting page to allow access.
The map shows a view of a log entry from a quick day sail on a local lake. Note the green start position. I did not get the app started until I was underway. The red maker notes the end of the trip.
It also provides the ability to print out you logs so you can save a hard copy for your records if needed.
WaveTrax makes logging easy and fun by providing an intuitive and interactive way to create and store all your logging information.
Whether your on an ocean passage or just out for a day sail it has never been easier to capture logging data.
I only had to use the app a couple of times before I became familiar with all the features. The website automatically synchs with all my logs so I will always have of record of my trips. It will be fun to look back at my logs and have a permanent memory of all my adventures.
The price point of $13 seems a little high for just a logging app. I am not sure boaters will want to pay that much for an app that just does logging. One other requirement is that you will need to renew access to the website each year. The app does not say what this will cost.
I think WaveTrax has done a great job in providing a quick and easy way to do automatic logging. I found it easy to use and really like the web storage, backup and printing capabilities to record all of my adventures. If your looking for a logging app WaveTrax is a serious contender!
~~~ Sail On ~~~ /)