Thursday, November 11, 2010

Marinalife Enhancing the Yachting Lifestyle

Marinalife

Application: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
Function: Points of interest, Marinas, restaurants, services
Cost: Free
Rating: ***


Marinalife by EarthNC has put together a nice app to help out the wayward boater.  If you are not familiar with an area pull out your iPhone and fire up this Marinalife app.  It will show you all the Yacht clubs, marinas, marine supply and services you might need in the area. Selecting one of the marina listings brings up a nice entry with a description of their services, a picture, if available, the address, latitude/longitude coordinates and phone number.  Clicking on the Make a Reservation tab takes you to the Marinalife website and allows you to reserve a slip prior to your arrival. It couldn't be easier to find your way in unfamiliar waters.

Features:
  • Extensive list of marina, and related marine services throughout the United States.
  • Searchable by city and state.
  • Listed from closest to furthest away from your location.
  • Uses NOAA maps to show the location of the marina or site you are interested in.
  • The map is scalable with a pinch to zoom in. Use your finger to pan around.
  • The map view show the lat/lon coordinates and heading to the marina.
Pros:

The app does what is say it will do. Search any place and it will give you the marinas and services in that area. I like the Map view, it give the user the exact location, lat/lon and bearing to the marina. The Details tab is very helpful to know what services and accommodations the marina or yacht club might provide.

Cons:

I found it hard to think of anymore details I might want out of this app.  Marinalife did a great job in putting this together. It is easy to use and very informative and best of all, free.

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