How much chain should we drop? What is the depth? What is the wind speed? Are we staying for the day or over night? How many markers is that?
This is the normal talk when dropping the anchor, yet the anchor length app helps skippers when dropping the anchor, immediately determining the amount of chain needed to be dropped based on the current depth, wind speed and size of the vessel.
The app is fully adjustable and allows the skipper to input the amount of chain on board and the size of the vessel. In addition the skipper is also able to input the amount of meters used per marker in order to make dropping the chain that much simpler.
Please know that the performance and accuracy of the Anchor watcher application depends on the hardware and software of the used device. If you have bad reception, please move the device to location that has better satellite reception!
Because this application uses GPS to monitor movement, it will consume battery little quicker than normally. I suggest you charge your device while using the app, although it's not necessary and the impact on battery live strongly depends on device used! There is also advanced option to set GPS update interval which might greatly improve battery live.
♦ Shows GPS location
♦ Shows GPS accuracy
♦ Allows you to set anchor
♦ Monitors current distance to anchor
♦ Alerts you in case you drift to far from anchor
♦ Sends SMS if you drift to far away
♦ Responds to SMS keyword with status
♦ Offers you to select sound alarm
♦ Allows setting maximum drift with SMS
♦ Allows setting exclusion zones
♦ Uses device's compass to set the anchor even if you are not located directly above it
♦ Draws history positions over map (might consume a lot of RAM if it's run for a long time as data has to be saved somewhere)
♦ Setting minimum required GPS accuracy - data with smaller accuracy is ignored (by default this value is set to 50 meters)
Features that will come:
♦ alert on low battery
Application requires some permissions. Let me explain why:
♦ Fine GPS location: To monitor your location
♦ Send and receive SMS: To alert you of drift with SMS and to respond to your keywords
♦ Full internet access: To use a map
♦ Network state: For Google AdMob
With new version, it will require some additional permissions. Although I am trying to minimise the permissions, there are various parts of the app that require such permissions. Once new version is rolled out to all users, I will update permission description.
This application could be used on boats, sailboats, motorboats and any other things that could freely move.
In case of bugs:
Every application sooner or later has a bug. If you find one, please inform me so I can solve the issue. You can also contact me if you have suggestion for improving the app. I will gladly listen to your suggestions!
IF GPS doesn't work, please bear in mind that it might be hardware issue, as some devices have trouble getting good GPS fix! I can not do anything about that, nor can any other app.
If you want to post negative comments, PLEASE CONTACT ME FIRST on firstname.lastname@example.org so we can solve the issue(or add a feature). I can not respond to comments so I can not help with issues there.
If you want to help me by translating the app to other language, please contact me!
Please keep in mind that application is provided "AS-IS". It should not be relied on to and I shall not be responsible for any problem/expense/life threatening situation it could cause.
♦ If application doesn't open, please try clearing app data from settings
+ Text Message alarm notification to another phone, useful when ashore
+ Background task support, alarm is still active when you use other apps
+ Drop anchor and adjust alarm easily via drag & drop
+ Set advanced drift radius, very useful when there are many boats on the anchorage or you anchoring between mooring boys
+ Fully offline, doesn't need a internet connection
+ Display of the OpenSeaMap data http://www.openseamap.org/ (Copyright: http://www.openstreetmap.org/copyright/), this is completely optional and also possible without internet connection. For usage of the map in offline mode, please see: http://www.haakseth.com/?p=30.
+ Configurable measure units: Metric, nautical miles, feet
+ Possibility to rotate map according to the device compass
+ Fine GPS location: To monitor your location
+ Send SMS: To send alarm notifications via Text Messages
+ Read contacts: Only used to lookup phone numbers for Text Message notification
+ Wake lock: To wake up phone during alarm
+ Vibrate: For the alarm
+ Full internet access: For displaying the OpenSeaMap data and for Google AdMob (only free version)
+ Network state: For displaying the OpenSeaMap data and for Google AdMob (only free version)
+ Read and write external storage: For offline map availability and map data caching
In case you have any problems do not hesitate to contact me
* Show glow effect, date, day of the week, seconds;
* Select color;
* Set clock size: small, normal, big;
* Use serif font style.
To set Live Wallpaper press: "Home - Menu - Wallpapers - Live Wallpapers" and select "Digital Clock Live Wallpaper-7" item. Press button "Settings..." to configure the wallpaper. Press button "Set wallpaper" to set it and start to use. You may configure wallpaper again.
* To change date or time format press: "Home - Menu - Settings - Date and Time format";
* To change language for display current date press: "Home - Menu - Settings - Language".
The program displays the influence of weather and movements of the sun and moon on the result of fishing on selected species of fish and allows you to choose the best hours for fishing.
Based on the collection of mathematical models of the behavior of fish MathFish5.1(TM). The forecast is based on more than 300 species. Built forecast catch smallmouth bass, pike, perch, bream, carp, crucian carp and other fish species.
Application via the Internet receives weather at the point of location of the mobile phone. It records the values of atmospheric pressure, temperature, humidity, wind, clouds and the dynamics of all these parameters. After that, to this point information is calculated sunrise, sunset and the culminations of the sun and moon, high tide and low tide - if the point is located in the coastal zone.
Then, in accordance with these seasonal-diurnal model of the behavior of fish MathFish5.1(TM) - is detecting the influence of all these parameters for each of fish.
It is important that for the different species of fish these effects are also accounted differently. For each fish You want to catch, have the best time, this time is determined by the mathematical model accurately defined biologists parameters. Similarly, the influence of the tide on coastal fishing fish species, which is not affected, in contrast to the height of the moon above the horizon, on catching fish in inland waters.
The user can choose what factors he considered when forecasting.With the help of the switches that are on the screen, you can disable the influence of the Sun, moon, tides, weather and even the daily behaviors of the selected fish species. In this case, will stay only the data of seasonal behavior of fish for those coordinates where is the phone.
Itself the seasonal model, depends on the coordinates of the fisher. To better reflect the influence of climate on the World map is built the model of climatic zones taking into account details of the relief and global currents.
For for more convenient display you can select the desired fish species. In the application settings the fishs are distributed across the families.
In the basic free version of the app included 3 fish.
Regional packages are separately available for download:
North America - 76 species;
Europe and Asia - 151 species;
Marine fish - 322 species.
In addition to the Fisherman Watch we recommend you to install the following applications:
"Fish Planet" - the most comprehensive mobile reference - encyclopedia of fish for anglers. This fishing reference contains detailed biometric data and descriptions of the habits and ways of fishing for 360 species of fish and has both free and paid versions.
"Fish Planet Calendar" - is the best calendar of biting, based on scientific models MathFish5.0(TM) for planning fishing.
"Fishing Log" - is the most convenient photo gallery to store and organize data about your fishings, cloud-based, you can safely store your photos and share with friends on social networks.
"Fishing Knots" - the encyclopedia of knots for all kinds of fishing line, fishing cords and lures.
This stop watch can measure 1/100 sec upto 9999:99:99'99.
The stop watch can run in background, quit without pausing clock,
the stop watch continue to count up.
In settings window, you can select font to display.
The paid version without advertisement, and have additional fonts
and alarm vibrator is available here.
Never use DragQueen as the sole source for any type of navigation.
The source code will be made available for DragQueen in the hopes that others will take it and enhance it. The app was written in Adobe AIR providing iOS and Android versions from the exact same code.
-The permissions requested by the application are not used in the application at any time, we are studying how to remove them.
-The calculation made by the application to know how much chain you have to drop, is based in the weight of the chain and not in the anchor, the key to a safe anchorage is based. The force exerted by the chain in the direction parallel to the surface of the water can be determined by the formula of the catenary. The wind exerts a force, also parallel to the surface of the water on the boat depending on the length. Ideally the two are offset. You can arrive at an approximate formula for the necessary chain for which the two forces are matched and the last link of the chain (the more close to the anchor) have a zero force, ie,the anchor is quietly resting on the bottom.
Actually the anchor is just a reference point, but only to the specified wind or sea currents without for greater wind anchor must, of course, be fully engaged because that's when he starts working. It is a length value for which you dont need to worry if the anchor is right or wrong hooked. This indicates also, in general, is that the longer the chain density (kg / m) much better and less we will have to occupy the anchor.
-Soon will make more updates in order to improve certain aspects of the application also incorporate your suggestions.