Marine Ways - Nautical Charts

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About this app

Marine Ways Boating is the ultimate marine navigation and planning application! In this application you will gain access to:


- United States charts provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- New Zealand charts provided by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ)

Chart types:

- NOAA Electronic Navigational Charts (ENC) (NOAA's newest and most powerful electronic charting product).
- NOAA classic charts (including Day, Red, Dusk, Night, and Gray versions).
- LINZ charts (available in Day, Dusk, and Night versions only currently)


-Route Plotting. Tap and hold on the map for one second to plot your waypoints. To form a route, continue to tap and hold on the map in different areas. Distance and bearing are conveniently calculated and displayed for each leg as you add, adjust, or remove waypoints.

-Travel Mode. Automatically centers the map on your current position as you move. Use travel mode to see how closely you are following your plotted route in real time!

-Route Leg Summary. A convenient view containing detailed information of each leg you have plotted, including start and end coordinates, distance, and bearing.


Markers for buoys and obstructions are conveniently plotted in their actual location on the map! Just click on the marker to view their information!

- Buoy Reports: Get complete current conditions and wave reports for fixed and drifting buoys.

- Obstructions: Get location and history information about potentially dangerous, submerged hazards including rocks and sunken vessels.


The navigational dashboard shows various real-time information including:

- Current location (latitude and longitude, with accuracy range)
- Current Heading (includes a small directional compass as well!)
- Current Speed Over Ground
- Current Bearing


Toggle various marine overlay data right onto the map to get a better idea of the current boating conditions!

Overlays include:
- Water Surface Temperature (Global)
- Wind Speeds (US only)
- Wind Gusts (US only)
- Wave Heights (US only)


- Display your last known location, speed, bearing, and boat name on the map for other Marine Ways boaters to view.

- View the last known location, speed, bearing, and boat name of other Marine Ways boaters, as well as their distance and bearing from your location.

- Location sharing is turned off by default. When you are ready to share, toggle it on within general settings. To continuously update your location on the map, keep the app opened and focused. The app currently does not update your location in the background.


- Weather Precipitation Radar (US & Hawaii only). Detects any rain and snow in the area.

- Weather Station. Reports the nearest observation station data. Current temperature, humidity, weather conditions, wind, and more! Station observation data is available globally.

- Weather Alerts. Weather station also reports any active weather alerts issued by the National Weather Service such as severe thunderstorm warnings or hurricane warnings. Weather alert information is available for US, Alaska and Hawaii.

- Land Surface Temperature overlay. Shows the current surface temperature on land (US only).

Before using this application, please read and agree to the following terms of use / service and privacy policy:
Terms of Use / Service:
Privacy policy:

Navigational Charts Disclaimer from NOAA:

NOAA ENC Online is not certified for navigation. Screen captures of the ENCs displayed here do NOT fulfill chart carriage requirements for regulated commercial vessels under Titles 33 and 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Enjoy the app! Marine Ways is also available on the web at
Updated on
Sep 21, 2023

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
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Data is encrypted in transit
Data can’t be deleted

Ratings and reviews

1.85K reviews
Ryan Wist
July 23, 2023
Really happy with this nav tool so far. It is great for running a small boat. I ran night ops on a pontoon last night on the Willamette River between Portland and Oregon City - a dark, winding section of the river which has deceptive shadows in low moon light. And it changes at night - wind drops and the surfaces turns to glass... Nothing to read on the water. But no problem as I plotted my course with the way point feature and had Marine Ways running! An App I've been waiting for! Well done!
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July 24, 2023
Thank you so much! Your review is very encouraging for us, a couple of developers working on our apps in our free time. We are pleased that our app helped you navigate safely, though we would like to remind you that you should not solely rely on it. Marine Ways should only be used in conjunction with other means/tools/methods for safe navigation!
Jon Doe
December 31, 2020
This app saved my butt!! I was trying to make it into a narrow channel late at night with no moon. Couldn't see any land. The app helped me find channel bouys and the gps told me exactly where I was in relation to everything. The heading and speed information is also very helpful. I seem to remember it having a waypoint function but I haven't figured out how to make it dynamically change based on where exactly I am. It may not be a feature and it would be nice
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Teresa or David English
September 7, 2021
Being a first time live-aboard sailboater, this app recommended by friends already using it, is a must have important for any Sailor. We use it to navigate, find depths, obstructions in the water like shipwrecks and rocks and of course the weather. Update: Sept 6th, 2021 Having used this App most exclusively for almost a year, I have nothing but good things to say about it. The fact I can monitor the depth of my surroundings. I have seen too many inexperienced boaters end up stuck on shore.
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Upgraded the target android version.