Be alerted if your anchor drags with a simple yet full of features app :
- Easy to use: Click once to set anchor position, touch the alarm circle on map to adjust alarm radius and you're ready.
- Easy to set anchor position:
-> a button to set anchor at your current position
-> choose a position on the map: relocate anchor with drag and drop.
- Easy to use with standard map gestures (zoom, scroll ...)
- Enhanced track recording: The boat track is recorded and a time - colored path is displayed on map. You can identify at first glance whether your anchor position is drifting or not.
- Track management: enable, disable and reset the track. Export it by email in CSV format or GPX format.
- Possibility to choose the ringTone
- Works offline ! You still see your boat position relative to the anchor, the anchor position and the alarm circle. Once offline the map is replaced by a graphic.
- 3 alarms methods :
-> Attention catching visual alarm with a blinking black/white screen,
-> Accoustic alarm,
-> In background: accoustic alarm with a notification.
- Mail alert
/!\ On some iPad models, you'll find Mute in the Control Center. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the Control Center then disable Mute.

- Easy to adjust alarm distance:
-> either set a value in settings
-> or adjust it directly by touching the alarm circle
- Vertical map scale in feet or meters as you prefer.
- User interface darkened to help preserve night vision.

- No add
- Strictly respects your privacy: we do not collect any of your personal information, ever.


A review by Paul Shard (famous for the award winning cruising documentary Distant Shores): Well I have finally found a solution that works GREAT in the form of an App for my phone! I have been testing it for some time, but they recently came up with an update and it is now really great!

check the full review here:
Compatible with external GPS : gns2000 , Dual xgps, Bad Elf and Garlmin glo. With an external GPS you can use Anchor! on a Wifi only iPad and get improved accuracy on other models.

Your 5 star rating on the app store makes us work harder to provide updates, don't hesitate to rate Anchor!

legal notice:

When the alarm is on, this app will use GPS in the background to be able to alert you. Continued use of GPS in the background can dramatically decrease battery life: don't forget your charger on board.

The remote mode is experimental as it uses an external server that could be shut down without notice by it's provider or run slow .

Use of the remote mode comes is subject to the agreement to this supplementary copyright notice:
In addition to the applicable standard EULA, permission is not granted to use Anchor! to track someone without his dedicated and recent consent.

Provided maps are not nautical charts.

What's New

Version 5.01

Fixing a bug : the boat position was not updated once back from background (but alarm were still raised)

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
23 Ratings
23 Ratings

Great Anchor Watch App

Just took a trip from Seattle to Glacier Bay AK and back using this app and it worked great. Just launch the app when you are ready to anchor and set the anchor location when you drop the hook. It will track the boat position from that point forward showing on the screen everywhere the boat has been since the set. It allows you to then set a radius alarm for any distance but since it will show the boat position when you back up to set the anchor you will see the radius at that time. Very reassuring to know how your boat is tracking and to do a quick check at night. It does consume a lot of battery so we run it with an iPad left charging. The app works in background as long as you don't close the app so you can use your device for other things and come back to the app and it will show the tracks made since you left it. Need to put your device in a location where it both gets GPS and someone can hear the alarm. Anywhere in the main cabin worked for us. It works with or without internet.


Need some help!

I downloaded the “Anchor!” App today after Active Captain comments as to how good it is. The instructions in the app are straight forward, however I have been unable to get the app to accept my “sending” email and it keeps asking me to redo it saying it is not a correct email. When I enter it and do a “test” it works. Then forgets it. I must be doing something wrong however I cannot determine what after 10-12 retries. We are cruising the Chesapeake Bay and could use a good app. Can someone please advise what I’m missing?

Developer Response

Some email provider filter our mails, please check your spam folder, if the message is missing there also, you can make an in-app request for help (settings>bug or suggestion). Also there has been some server maintenance the second week of june and you might have tried the mail at that very moment.

Derek Haus

Thank you so much!

So on my sailboat, I have a 12v outlet/ iPhone charger in the bow cabin which allows me to place my phone very close to the bow of the boat while we are on anchor. The continuous charging allows the GPS to work throughout. I have been very happy with the set up which will alarm if we swing too far, have a drastic wind shift or drag anchor.

The fact the alarm comes through the Apple Watch is great for when I am on the boat away from the bow.

I look forward to trying out the additional features such as the email/alert to a different phone.

Thank you so much for a well thought out app.


Marie Hullo
7.1 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French
Age Rating
Rated 4+
This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
© 2013-2017 A. Arnail


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