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SailSim is dinghy/yacht sail simulator that can be used as a learning and teaching aid for sailing.
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PLEASE NOTE: All SailSim Settings can be accessed from the Settings App (cogs icon) from the home screen of the iPhone/iPad/iPod - the App functions exactly as described on all devices.
SimSail works best with the iPhone 3GS but will also work with any iPhone or iPod touch.
iPhone 3GS - with this hardware, your iPhone turns into a sailing boat. You can set the wind direction and then see how changes in boat heading effect the set of the sails, centerboard and boat speed. As you turn the iPhone (boat) the wind direction stays constant relative to the boat and the sails adjust and change shape as they would do in real life. This can be used to demonstrate key principles of sailing to students. You can override the set wind direction with a touch of the screen as explained below. To set the wind direction, press the i button, point the iPhone into wind, hold it there and press 'Done'.
iPhone 3G/2G/iPod Touch - as this hardware does not have a compass, you have to manually tell the SailSim where the wind is blowing from by touching the screen. Using the mast as the center point, touch the screen around the boat to set the wind direction. The wind indicators will show you where the wind is blowing from.
SailSim shows you:
o Boat Heading
o Centerboard (Daggerboard) position
o Boat speed for each sail angle
o Boat tack
o Point of sail
o Wind direction - as compass direction and arrows
o Relative wind position (as you would see on an instrument)
Tom Lochhaas at sailing.about.com said:
Sailing Simulator App for iPhone
Friday August 7, 2009
Well, here it is: another new sailing app for the iPhone. Twice before I’ve written about fun things that you can do with your iPhone on a sailboat that might dangerously distract you from the sailing at hand. But SailSim is different—this one is actually pretty cool.
First there was the app that turns your iPhone into a mini-chartplotter. I imagined a sailor peering at the tiny image of his boat approaching a rocky shoal—and at a critical moment receiving a call and bringing the phone to his ear just in time to run aground. Then there came an app that calculates your windspeed based on the roar of the wind through the iPhone microphone, perhaps enough to distract you from studying that other chartplotter screen just at the moment when you, well, might avoid running aground. My issue with these is that as nifty as they are in themselves, a techno-savvy sailor might be distracted by having too much fun.
The fun of SailSim, however, doesn’t happen while you’re sailing. This new app is more a learning tool you’d use off the boat. Using the iPhone’s accelerometer and the 3GS’s compass, SailSim shows how a sailboat reacts to changes in direction relative to the wind. You turn the phone (boat image) and watch how the sails move to stay trimmed to the new wind direction. As the heading changes, the sails move and the speed changes, and maybe you’d like to gybe or tack the boat? What a fun way to teach principles of sailors to newbies—or enjoy a tedious business meeting!
Keywords: Sailing, dinghy, sail training, navigation, sail, compass, sailing simulation, sailing game.
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What's New in Version 3.0.2
Version 3.0.2 is a major upgrade the provides the following NEW features:
o Boat steering by tiller or wheel
o True and apparent wind - see it change in real-time
o Windex - ideal to explain the concept of apparent wind
o Wind speed control
o Wind speed display in knots and Beaufort Scale
o Model your own boat! Input key data and SailSim will become your boat on your iPhone!
o Speed display in knots based on your model data
o New physics engine using WB-Sails.fi sail power model
Plus minor enhancements and bug fixes.
Great learning tool and worth every penny
This application is great as a learning tool and also as a way to while away boring meetings at work. Beware of other reviews in this section as they relate to previous versions of the app. The latest version is great. To be able to show a complete novice what the effect of wind angle and sail trim is on the boat while on dry land is excellent. Well worth 59p and as I said in my full review at Harbour Exchange I'd even pay £5.90 for it.
No fun on iPod Touch or iPhone
The publisher does not state that wind detection is needed to make this simulator interactive. The compass function that detects wind requires 3GS. Therefore this simulator is no fun on an iPod Touch or iPhone, only on iPhone 3GS. Very disappointing. Still valuable for static or manual teaching.
Great app. Well done, very useful in dinghy sail training.
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- Category: Education
- Updated: 14 October 2009
- Version: 3.0.2
- Size: 0.4 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: James Holland
- © 2009 James Holland
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.