Boating News: New Smart Phone App for Washington Boaters

June 20th, 2014 | Posted by Kyla in Everything Boating & Fishing

The Washington Recreation and Conservation Office just released a few new app that helps boaters find boat ramps, moorage and amenities

The Washington Recreation and Conservation Office just released a few new app that helps boaters find launch ramps, moorage and amenities

Let’s say you’re cruising around the San Juan Islands. Everything is perfect – the water, the breeze, the sun, and the company. But the day is winding down and you need to find a place to moor for the weekend. Where you dock, to some degree, depends on available amenities, such as fuel, provisions, showers, laundry, and pump stations. So, you drag out the usual manuals and maps and begin scouring them for suitable accommodations.

Or … with the new Washington Water Cruiser App, launched by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, you can pull up all this information at the touch of your fingers – and  you can view it in aerial, street map and nautical chart views.

The new smart phone boating app – free for iPhones and Androids – details all state-owned boat launches and moorage sites open to the public, along with amenities for boaters at each site. You can find places to launch your boat and tie up for the weekend. You can find a place to dine, shower, fuel up and do laundry. The app will also help you avoid certain water hazards, such as derelict vessels, shoals, and environmental issues, according to the Google Play App Store.

“This app will be really helpful to a lot of boaters,” said George Harris, president of the Northwest Marine Trade Association, the nation’s largest regional marine association. “In the past, you’d have to carry a couple of cruising manuals or visit several Web sites to plan an outing. Now, you can see the information you need on your smart phone or tablet while you’re on the water.”

The Washington Boater App displays maps in street, aerial and nautical views

The Washington Water Cruiser App displays maps in street, aerial and nautical views

“This app brings together information from three state agencies,” said Kaleen Cottingham, director of the Recreation and Conservation Office. “It has information on boat launches, moorage slips and pump locations, in both eastern and western Washington, from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Recreation and Conservation Office.”

Read more about Washington Water Cruiser – the free new app for Washington boaters – at the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office website.

Description From the Google Play App Store: The Washington Water Cruiser is a real time mobile boater engagement platform. Utilizing existing public data as a mapping back drop, the Water Cruiser provides a free, simple, and intuitive platform empowering the boating public to keep the data that’s important to them (boat launches, marinas, pumpouts, docks, etc.) up to date and to identify water hazards (derelict vessels, shoals, environmental issues, etc.); an opportunity for government to use technology to save time and money plus improve data quality and accountability; and a positive, collaborative platform for real public engagement. A map communicates to all and the Washington Water Cruiser makes sure that map is accurate.

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