Boater's Pocket Reference App Reviews

Boater's Pocket Reference [Reference] App Description & Overview

What is boater's pocket reference app? Hundreds of pages of boating information on your iPhone,iPod Touch or iPad! The Boater’s Pocket Reference caters to all levels of boating expertise with a wide variety of content including 800 illustrations and photographs and a myriad of charts and graphs. Boater’s Pocket Reference is a popular and useful printed book and the app is even better.

Handy, Fact-Filled Boating Guide

Boater’s Pocket Reference offers handy, how-to-do-it information and reference facts, figures, formulas, graphs, and tables about boating.

Who needs this book?

New boaters: This app provides an extensive introduction to all aspects of boating.

Experienced boaters: A great reference and memory jogger.

Everyone who wants to make their boating safer and more enjoyable.


* Piloting and Navigation—including the use of charts, GPS, radar, and sonar.
* Communications—VHF, SSB, satellite.
* U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard boating regulations
* International, U.S., and Canadian Navigation Rules (Rules of the Road)
* Understanding aids to navigation
* Understanding weather—air movement, fronts, clouds, weather maps.
* Boat types, design, and construction as well as boating terminology
* The essentials of good seamanship—the basics of operating a boat.
* Marlinespike seamanship—lines and knots—including 50 different knots.
* Mechanical—engines and propellers.
* Electrical—circuits, DC and AC wiring, batteries, chargers, inverters, lightning.
* Boat trailering tips, techniques, maintenance, wiring.
* General reference tables—time zones, holidays, weight and volume of liquids, and more.
* Extensive unit conversion tables
* Boating resources—organizations, phone numbers, web sites, including Coast Guard and Power Squadron.
* Glossary of marine terminology.
* Over 100 boating-related calculators.

No boater can afford to be without this valuable and handy guide.

About the Author
Thomas McEwen is an avid boater and former mining engineer. Tom is also a member of the Boulder Valley Sail and Power Squadron in Colorado.

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Boater's Pocket Reference Customer Service, Editor Notes:

Boater's Pocket Reference Version 4.1.602 December 2021

Fix to share feature.

Boater's Pocket Reference Version 4.1.410 July 2020

* Added back button.

Boater's Pocket Reference Comments & Reviews 2022

- Outstanding reference guide!

I’ve had this little book for about 15 years now, and while it may have been updated to reflect current technology, the basics will pretty much always be there. I’ve done a fair bit of offshore sailing and (you may think this weird), I read various sections of the book regularly as a way to pass time. E.g, the section on clouds - I can never remember the names of the various clouds - we’ll, there they are! I can’t speak highly enough or this reference. Thanks to the author!! I just bought this on-line version for my iPhone. There it is on the screen now. Also, if you’ve never seen or bought Grog’s knots - do so. Fabulously easy to fathom how to tie knots. Well done!

- Great App

This has an incredible amount of information that any boater whether beginner or advanced. Definitely worth the cost of the app!

- Best boating app there is!

This app is fantastic and should be in the device of every boater.

- Don’t Waste Your Money!

Just bought this and within minutes realized I wasted my money. Found incorrect and incomplete info. Very hard to work. Referenced illustration that wasn’t there. Been sailing for almost 50 years and spent 30 years Active Duty Navy. Retired USN Captain.

- A new in bible

A Fantastic, valuable reference work. Well worth the price.

- A valuable App for every boater!

This App is my go to for any question on boats from operations to conversion tables! Worth the money to buy.

- No brainer

The hard copy is aboard my boat and has tons of info. I have Bowditch aboard as well, but go to BPR first every time. The iPhone app is seamless. Much easier to look things up and search. Hard copy was $15, $5 for the app is more than fair. I highly recommend either the app, hard copy, or both. If you get just one, get the hard copy, if you're a sailor you know why. A+.

- Useful for Boaters

Still exploring but I like what I've seen so far.

- Boater's Pocket Reference

I am a full time boating instructor, licensed captain and a boating accident investigator. I have used and recommended the hard copy of this book for some time. I have used this app. both in the classroom and out on the water. I now can leave the book in my navigation kit with my plotting tools. If you don't get the app. at least buy the book.

- A Treasure Chest of Information

One of the best buys in a marine application that I have come across. I have yet to find each individual jewel of reference information, however, I will say that it is packed with good information and well worth the price. Plus it really does fit in a pocket and will not mildew. This is an excellent addition to my boat library.

- New to Boating

I took a boat safety coarse and like most things learned they are lost when not applied. I used this app to give me some refresher. It helps point out the areas you need to practice and learn before they become habit. The layout is well thought out and easy to use. Job well done and well worth the money!

- All at your fingertips

This app puts so much useful boating information on your iPad. It is probably the best boating app out there. Covers all aspects including navigation, weather, rules of the road, and boat systems. As a new boat owner and after talking to several veterans, this is the app to have!

- One of the top 5 marine apps

Incredible amount of useful information presented in a well organized fashion. Lots of tables and diagrams illustrate many of the sections and the text is easily understood, clear and concise. A very thorough and practical reference book done in a helpful and utilitarian manner.

- Great reference

I have own two boats and I have been boating for some time, and I find myself returning to read this book quite often. It is an excellent source of basic seamanship. Every recreational skipper should have this book as a reference. Very useful.

- Great App - wealth of knowledge

This is a wonderful app. Has a great depth of knowledge. I'm not sure if this is an abridged version of the hard copy book version, but this has great tables and the various in-app calculators are great. Information is accurate and well organized. Well worth the money.

- Oceans of information

One of, if not the best apps I've purchased. If you are a boater, no matter your skill level or vessel type , you will find a 'ship load' of useful information in this app.

- Outstanding

I purchased this as a backup "go to" in case I didn't have Chapman's etc available- however I find myself using this primarily now and it's much more expansive and thorough than I had initially thought. Kudos-- excellent app. Well worth it!

- Great! Boating a lifetime

We can't carry Chapman's around so this is near perfect. Docking procedures are finally in my wife & kids brains due to great graphics! It is also good for boat newbies- guests who want to learn what I need them to do from docking to anchor procedures. Love it ..highly recommended for all boaters!

- Very Comprehensive

The best and most complete organization of information I have seen since I got my license over 20 years ago. More boaters need to have and study it. Since I am a broker now I will be sending it to my clients as a gift. Very well done.

- Tons of info!

This app contains tons of information for both the beginning and experienced boater. Handy checklists that can be printed or emailed ensure you're always prepared for your voyages and that you don't forget any important steps.

- Lacks substance

A waste of money. The focus of the app is to present tons of choices, but the information displayed is lacking in contend and detail. There are a lot of other marine apps that are free or less expensive and much better. Some of the functions are found in other apps that are free. The apps best feature is the description in Itunes. I will doubt that I will ever use the app.

- Awesome app

It's my go to quick reference, but I also recommend everyone new to boating, or needs to up their skills, read this cover to cover. Very informative and well written.

- Almost Perfect

Having a 1600 ton master lic. This is a great app for looking up things not used on a daily basis. The one thing that would be nice is if the Rules of the Road were in order instead of jumping all over the place.


This is bar-none the best informational boating app on the market...period!!! Written for both the beginner or an expert, this book is perfectly laid out to access any bit of information you may want/need to know about boats.

- Good app

Good app with a lot of information that you don't often find such as how to measure wave heights, all about setting up your boat on a trailer. We'll worth your time to download and install.

- Most useful app

After reading once, I thought I've done with it. So far it is most useful app for boat and rope tie. I've been keep coming back to this app for rope knotting and die other references. Thank you.

- Wow!

I was in the Navy, and have boated for 50 years, sail and power. This collection of essential boating knowledge and tips is an awesome addition to your mobile device. Amazing wealth of useful info. Must have if you are a boater!

- Great learning tool!

Just learning about boats. This is getting me a great head start before my formal training. In the future I can see this as a good app to go back to for a quick reference.

- Great Boating Info

This is really a great informational app. Any thing you need to know or brush up on is in this electronic book. I've been boating for over 25 years and I'm steal finding out good info from this app.

- Excellent

Very well done. Excellent layout, easy to use and navigate. A plethora of information. The newest update makes it nearly perfect. Keep up the good work.

- Very detailed information!

Everything you need to know and should know before taking any boat out on the water.

- Real knowledge!

I've been boating for years but am stepping up to a 44' and coastal operation, this gives me the knowledge to be confident in my actions and boat handling as well as the actions of others around me!

- A Pocket Classroom

Looks basic until you hit the menu button! Excellent reference work! A must have for the serious cruiser.

- Great App

Great App. Materials clear and to the point and to be able to use on both the IPad and IPhone is a great. Finally, the printed copy is the ultimate backup to a fine electronic tool.

- Boaters Reference

Extremely well laid out and a wonderful companion on board. Instant answers when required. Every boater with an I Pad should have it.

- Sailing

Wonderful reference even though it's not meant for sailing specifically. Already used it for explaining some sailing fundamentals.

- This is a great app!

I'm a new boater and found this app a great reference to have on hand when I had any questions on boating. Highly recommend it!

- Great App

Don't use it as often as I should but when I want info it is there and easy to find.

- Fantastic

This is an excellent book with all sorts of useful information. I've learned a lot!

- keeps getting better

I love that they keep adding info to this app, very useful!!!

- Very informative

As a novice boater, this reference guide is very useful. I learned a lot and will bring this app along with me on my next boat trip. Very much recommended and worth the cost.

- Best I've found.

This is the best app for boating I've found. If you can't find what you need here, you don't belong on a boat.

- Best boating reference app ever!!!

Text, calculators...everything you could want to know about boats or boating right at your fingtips.

- Outstanding!

This is by far the most comprehensive boating reference app I have seen

- Excellent Reference

This app is a great reference for anyone who enjoys boating. Well written and good illustrations. Calculators for many boating calculations are a good addition to this reference.

- Great resource!

Lots of useful information is a very easy to access format. A+++

- Great reference app

This reference is very good for non boaters and novices looking for broad high-level coverage of power and sail boating terminology and concepts. Lack of navigation, search, bookmark and output prevented fifth star.

- This is the holy grail of boat APPS!

I have to say that it is a valuable tool and resource and not just a nice concept app. This is a powerful recourse and a joy to have...

- Handy reference

Complete and easy to use

- Excellent app!

Tons of pertinent information, and a lot more of "that's good to know" type stuff!

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- Boaters Reference

Good handy, app to have knowledge at hand.

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- Very helpful reference book

I have found this to be a great reference and refresher for reviewing and figuring out different formulas that make boating easier. It has very useful information for beginners and advanced boaters. Thanks for a great app.

- Suggestion

Excellent reminder, used of more colours will be a +

- Very useful and well made app


- Great reference manual

I am a new boater and this is great for references and how-to's. It is filled with a great amount of information that can help me from making costly mistakes.

- Great reference source

Keep it handy! Index allows you to quickly find the information you need. Great to refresh the memory ie. getting off a dock when pinned by the wind. Well written in easy to understand sections.

- Concise and complete!

I've use this app for a long time and I am happier than ever with the latest version. It is just so useful!

- Arik

Very comprehensive and concentrated book. A great companion, but as many know, not a replacement for skill and experience.

- Brilliant app

This is a vastly comprehensive reference source of the various areas of nautical knowledge. The physical book is always close at hand in the pilot house of my boat. And now to have it all in my pocket on my iPhone is a leap forward in convenience. The calculators integrated in the text make it even more useful than the printed book. Indexing and bookmarking are well executed and helpful for retrieving information you need from the abundant material in this app. Applause for the developer.

- Well worth every cent

Most inclusive reference app I've downloaded.

- Educational

I like it I give it a 5 star

- Captain Hook

Great for a refresher.

- Great App

Great app. Lots of important information here. Anyone using a mobile device for boating should really get this. Just reading different pages in the app, I've learned many new things and realized that there are some things I've forgotten or misunderstood when learning them the first time. Get this app!!!

- Comprehensive and impressive!

This ties up a number of references all in one. Well worth it...

- Excellent reference for recreational sailors and boaters

Knowledge gets a boat safely along its passage from departure to destination. After a lifetime in recreational power and sail boating, I've come to respect the importance of two phrases I learned as a young man. A Coast Guard bosun on our Great Lakes icebreaker used to say, "you can't never know enough about the sea". A crewman on a Pacific fishing trawler told me one day during a galley break that his Newfoundland grandfather used to say, "you don't takes what you wants from the sea, you sneaks up on it and wiggles it away". As the dedicated author says, this is only a brief introduction to the world of maritime knowledge, and a brief reminder for those who have taken proper courses, but it is a handy and very complete reference that found a place on my iPad very quickly. It is well-written in plain language, adheres to sound principles, and amazingly complete. Hundreds of pages cover dozens of topics. The navigation section is very thoughtfully written. I plan to right the author with only a few suggestions. There are dozens of handy calculators. Although very US-centric with a slight nod to Canada, the basic principles in this book apply to boating and sailing worldwide. There is a lot of information on marine maintenance, so it's all here including the galley sink. Some of the information on computer navigation is already a little dated, but the principles in that section are still valid. The book's wealth of knowledge is easy to navigate using clever lists and use of the device's memory. I have never rated an app 5 stars, but was tempted to do so here. I held off because ideally a staff could be dedicated, if resources allowed, to keeping technical details completely current, and because of the North American focus.

- Well worth it!

Searchable, well organized, to the point and clear. Oh, and constantly updated? Nice!

- Crashes

Worked fine for 10 minutes then continues to crash.

- Handiest boating app!!!

Great read and full of essential as well as advanced concepts. I have recommended this app to all my boating friends. A must have app for the boater!!

- Boaters Reference

Excellent reference book. I have given copies to all my boating friends and keep one copy at home and one on the boat. Good reading.

- An excellent reference

One of the best references for serious boat owners and instructors

- A Must Have!

I must have purchased over a hundred apps over the years. This is the first time I felt it necessary to follow up and post a positive review. So much content that covers Canada and USA. It's loaded with information and a great reference. It's a hidden gem! Thanks for putting all this great information together.

- Must have for boaters

Amazing detail, wealth of useful information. EVerything you need to know from anchoring to fixing electricl systems. As a new boat owner this app has been an amazing value. Get this and the "Marine: [your location]" app for navigation

- Lots of good info, but...

No place to provide feedback in app that I can find. Re: ROPE... There is one on a boat... The bell rope.

- JK

This is better than 5 stars .Handy,quick to use and comprehensive. I would recommend to all boaters. More color and multihulls info would be nice but I know an update is coming Jerry

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Boater's Pocket Reference (Version 4.1.6) Install & Download

The applications Boater's Pocket Reference was published in the category Reference on 2009-07-24 and was developed by Calculated Industries [Developer ID: 370406449]. This application file size is 103.09 MB. Boater's Pocket Reference - Reference app posted on 2021-12-02 current version is 4.1.6 and works well on IOS 9.0 and high versions. Google Play ID: com.doubledogstudios.boaterspocketref