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iSailGPS - USA NOAA Marine Charts with Full GPS Navigation

By James Associates Inc.

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Makes your iPhone or WiFi+Cellular iPad into a high-performance GPS receiver with USA NOAA Raster Nautical Charts! Rated “Best Choice — Excellent” by
If you are on the water in a bad storm and your chart plotter just failed, download this app now. You will have full navigation capabilities to get safely back to port.
Better yet, buy iSailGPS today so you will already have it if you find yourself in this situation, even in an area with no cell service.


▶ Record a track. View it on the chart & in a speed graph. Record in the background when using another app or your device is asleep. View date & time of track points.

▶ Mark waypoints with a convenient button on the main chart screen. Refine a waypoint position when you arrive.

▶ Set a quick "Go To" waypoint or a full route and see the course, heading, bearing, direction, distance, cross track error, Velocity Made Good & Estimated Time of Arrival at your destination and intermediate points.

▶ Routes can be built from waypoints or a recorded track

▶ Import and Export GPX files of waypoints, routes & tracks via AirDrop, eMail, Messages, Dropbox, Open In, or iTunes.


▶ Forever-free access to all NOAA Raster Nautical Charts for USA waters, with no sign up, no subscription, no in-app purchase required. Download using WiFi or cell service. Charts from our server have a shorter download time, use less of your monthly data allotment, and take up less memory on your iOS device.

▶ Store up to 500 charts to use anytime without cell service.

▶ Switches automatically between downloaded charts as you sail. Choose detailed or overview charts.

▶ Enjoy the high (400 dpi) resolution and what's-all-around detail of the NOAA HD Raster Nautical Charts (RNC). They are a welcome advantage over ENC Vector Charts, which only show a coastline, contour lines, and minimal details.

▶ Print charts overlaid with waypoints, routes & tracks. Share chart images via AirDrop, email, Twitter, Facebook, Messages, Photos, or the Clipboard.


▶ Tap “Help” in the App

▶ Online Manual on our website

▶ Email developer:


The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration provides both RNC (raster) and ENC (vector) charts.

The great advantage of the RNC charts used by iSailGPS is the high level of detail produced by professional cartographers that is unobtainable on any vector-based chart. Each is a digital image produced by NOAA of their paper charts.

These RNC Charts differ from computer-drawn vector charts in that each chart covers a specific area, the same way a paper nautical chart does. A new chart is switched to when traveling out of the area covered by the previous chart. For most locations, there are multiple charts at different scales with different levels of detail & areas of coverage.

Paper charts can contain multiple panels, each showing a different area or scale. Each digital panel is individually displayed by iSailGPS with a north-up orientation.

Other marine software, which costs far more than iSailGPS, uses these same RNC charts. iSailGPS is priced to make it readily available to all sailors.


● No device requires a cellular data plan to use iSailGPS.

● iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5s, 5c, 5, 4S, 4 & 3GS, and all WiFi+cellular iPads support full navigation.

● iPod touch (Gen 3 or later) & WiFi-only iPads require an iOS-compatible external GPS receiver to show your location at sea & record tracks. View charts using the iOS device alone.

• GPX file sharing via AirDrop & Messages requires iOS 7.

● Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

Winner of "The Editors' Choice Award" - Practical Sailor 2012

Sailing becomes safer and more fun with iSailGPS!

What's New in Version 5.0.3

User Interface Improvements on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad.


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Customer Reviews

Navigation program

A real navigation program worth far more than its $8.00 cost. A bit tedious loading NOAA charts, but well worth the required effort. Used on recent yacht delivery on St Johns River Florida USA with perfect results. The up to date marked charts big help. Kept me and my crew on track through somewhat complex unfamiliar waters. Prevented two near groundings. Every boater with an I phone should have this program. Perfect for small boats with no other navigation equipment. Shows "course/up" and can be used by anyone with basic boating course qualifications. I hold a US Coast Guard 100 Ton Masters License.


From the first time we used this app, we were impressed with its ease of use and clear interface. We downloaded the charts we needed with no problems. Many guest crew members have used it successfully and found it easy to interpret. We used it to navigate from New Bern, NC to the Delaware River in NJ and currently on the Chesapeake with very few problems. A great app for the price!

Excellent App!

I will preface by saying that I have never used a charting app before so my baseline is limited. That said, I found the app very intuitive and easy to use when navigating a sailboat through some reefs while sailing from St. Croix USVI to Fajardo, Puerto Rico. I also appreciated the very prompt pre-purchase e-mail response from the app developer to a question of mine.

iSailGPS - USA NOAA Marine Charts with Full GPS Navigation
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $7.99
  • Category: Navigation
  • Updated:
  • Version: 5.0.3
  • Size: 6.6 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.

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