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Free GPS tracking nautical app for Android: Oruxmaps Blue

The best free GPS tracking app for Android that we are aware of, OruxMaps, is currently preparing the launch of a new nautical version, that works with AIS

As you can read in this forum post there is a new version of OruxMaps that is focused on sailing requirements.

It has a list of on-line maps (OpenSea maps) and you can load your own, as explained in this manual.

Plus you can convert the on-line maps into off-line.

The most interesting part is that it decodes the AIS NMEA sentences that can be received via IP, USB or Bluetooth.

Oruxmaps Android App to decode AIS

Oruxmaps Android App to decode AIS

We are sure that this program will become a reference in the category of nautical mobile apps, since it has already become the best free app for trekking.

AIS targets displayed on Oruxmaps Android app

AIS targets displayed on Oruxmaps Android app

We are currently testing this app, that is currently in beta if you would like to get in touch with us please make use of the comments section below.

OpenCPN, a free open-source navigation software, alternative to MaxSea

We are very happy to see that the great open source software OpenCPN is releasing a new version, 3.2. in May 8th 2013. This is a great alternative to MaxSea, Navi Sailor, etc.

In this version we find a lot of improvements for AIS support. Please see the list below.

OpenCPN a free open-source sofware for PC, Mac and Linux

OpenCPN a free open-source sofware for PC, Mac and Linux


  • BSBv3 raster and S57 ENC chart support.
  • CM93 vector chart support, with per cell offset corrections.
  • IHO S52 compliant display of S57 vector charts.
  • “BSB4″ and “nv-chart” support through plugins.
  • Single-chart and Quilted display modes.
  • North-up, Course-up and Chart-up display modes.
  • Moving-map display mode.
  • Route navigation with ship tracking functions.
  • Waypoint navigation.
  • Dashboard for configurable on-screen display of ship’s NMEA data.
  • NMEA 0183 GPS interface at selectable baud rate.
  • OpenGL support for enhanced performance on modern hardware.
  • Advance NMEA message handling structure, with built in multiplexer.
  • Autopilot output support.
  • AIS input with full target tracking and collision alerting.
  • AIS support for SART, DSC and GPSGate Buddies.
  • Anchor watch/alarm functions.
  • GRIB file input and display for weather forecasting.
  • GPX Waypoint, Track and Route input and output file support.
  • Tide and Current prediction and display by location.
  • Route planning with tidal support.
  • Builtin great-circle routing.
  • Integrated weather routing through qtVlm.
  • GPX Layers for annotation of charts.
  • A selection of display themes.
  • A growing number of plugins. Google Earth, World Magnetic Variation, Voyage Data Recorder, AIS -radar, SAR and a LogBook.
  • Multi-language support. 20+ languages supported.


  • Windows XP, Vista and 7
  • Linux, BSD, Solaris
  • Macintosh OSX

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