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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.
I teach sailing at the Collegiate level, this app is fabulous!
My requests; wish I could save and load different boat settings. Would also like that to adjust some of the deep app system settings, like yacht or dinghy mode. Using boat data files could also begin a database of boats- add a module for your users to upload the data for you!
Would also love a PC or Mac version so I could use it on the big screen in class! Maybe fix the wind and rotate the boat when there is no compass...
Great for a beginer.
I loved this when I was just learning the basics! I tried to learn sail placment from books and the web but this really made it click. Also a great tool to show pasengers how to sail before they get aboard.
I teach sailing in south Texas to adults. The simulation works exactly the way the description says it does. For me it's an excellent instructional tool.
- Category: Education
- Updated: Oct 14, 2009
- Version: 3.0.2
- Size: 0.4 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: James Holland
- © 2009 James Holland
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.