Boat Beacon

Boat Beacon

By Pocket Mariner Ltd.

  • Category: Navigation
  • Release Date: 2012-02-16
  • Current Version: 4.9.5
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 84.48 MB
  • Developer: Pocket Mariner Ltd.
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.3 or later.
Score: 4.63042
From 184 Ratings


Boat Beacon is an internet AIS receiver and transmitter for your iPhone and iPad. It is the only AIS ship tracking app to provide Collision Warnings, share your boat’s position and use real-time AIS data. Connected to the largest network of AIS shore receivers world-wide covering most major ports, harbours and popular coastal areas. “An outstanding app, with great potential. Both interesting to use and very user friendly. This could be a life saver and especially of interest to small boat users. Everyone who goes on the water should have this on and use it!” ***** Sun Dream, App Store Review Boat Beacon is specifically designed for boaters and provides continuous Bearing, Range and Closest Point of Approach (CPA) calculations and alarms in addition to standard AIS information even when in the background. Boat Beacon does not require any external AIS transponder or receiver equipment. Key Features ------------ Over-the-horizon collision avoidance (30 miles radius) using continuous CPA calculations - highlights boats that are on a potential collision course and alerts you with an alarm. Continually transmits and receives position information via the internet and calculates and alarms CPA even when the app is in the background. Shares your position with Internet AIS Systems and apps and other Boat Beacon users in real time. Real time Ship Map view with North up and Heading up modes so you can look in the direction of the ships on the map to locate them. HUD showing own boat's speed, course, heading and position. Man Overboard tracking, SART Alarm, Anchor watch and Theft alarms. Live Augmented Reality Camera View with ships, compass and horizon overlaid (IAP required) also now with FLIR ONE Infra-red camera support - see ships and people in the dark through fog. Free Apple Watch companion app "AIS Sharing" to other apps like Navionics & iNavX (IAP subscription required) Boat-to-Boat and Boat to Group Instant Messaging. Local AIS and GPS via Wifi. US, UK and IE Marine raster charts (IAP required). Let Friends and Family see where you are and where you're headed to with our free Boat Watch app or on web-based AIS systems like MarineTraffic which have free web viewers available. Arm all the crews in a race with Boat Beacon and have real time updates on the race positions on the water and back in the club house. Keep a watch and in touch with other boats in your flotilla when sailing in a group. Boat Beacon requires internet access to work. Most popular coastal areas have cellular data access extending 12 or more miles out to sea. Subscriptions The "AIS Sharing " subscription is monthly ($5.99) or yearly ($16.49), and will automatically renew at the end of the subscription period unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. Payment will be charged to your iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase, and will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period. Subscriptions may be managed by the iTunes account holder and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to Account Settings after purchase. 
No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period. Terms of Use: Privacy Policy: Support: Your position can be shared and seen on all our apps without using an MMSI number. To be seen on Global AIS systems like MarineTraffic you will need an MMSI number. In the US you can obtain one by visiting or email us for a free internet MMSI number. Please note that continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. NOT FOR NAVIGATION Boat Beacon should only be used for basic navigation reference and should not be solely relied upon to determine precise locations, proximity, distance, or direction. You will not be visible to other ships on their VHF AIS systems.



  • Good program

    By Other Office
    It’s nice to it’s nice to
  • Love this app!

    By Baron Von Gehrke
    Navigation, plotting, MarineTraffic data, anchor alarms, man overboard alert, this unit does it all, love it on my iPhone and iPad, and very reasonably priced! I’m a believer!
  • Have to pay for AIS share

    By Swiftotter25
    Paid for app to use AIS Share functionality with Navionics. After installing, was disappointed to discover AIS Share required a monthly/annual subscription. This was not clear in app info pre purchase. Also, not clear why a subscription would be needed to share data already available in app with Navionics. This was a big (only) selling point. Very disappointing.
  • Great app!

    By Lynn Chesapeake Bay
    We use Boat Beacon all the time to track boat traffic on the Chesapeake Bay, even for our our boat sometimes! The visuals are easy to read and the site easy to navigate. It’s wonderful being able to easily see where other boats are on the water. Also, customer service was terrific....quick response and appropriate and easy fix the one time I ever had an issue. Highly recommended!
  • Great app and customer service

    By Gactraveler
    Been using this app for a while and it’s great for route planning and a back up chart plotter. Had an issue with the AIS transponder and the guys worked with me until the problem was resolved. Great value for the money and the addition of windy weather integration is pretty nice as well.
  • Awesome

    By scruffsmom
    This is a useful app. If you don’t have AIS budget, get this.
  • Boat Beacon

    By Techno Fisherman
    I am a commercial fisherman in California an have 40’ state of the art fiberglass troller/crabber. I have 10s of thousands of dollars of navigation equipment onboard - I pretty much use none of it - Boat Beacon pretty much makes all that stuff obsolete for an obscenely low price. I can see where the competition is fishing complete with their track lines any where any time. Customer service is outstanding - email them and they get right back to you. Boat Beacon simply is the best!
  • No iPhone X native resolution

    By onesalad
    Seems last optimized for iPhone 4 or similar
  • Hard to see my boat on a map

    By 🌹🧢The lady
    Thank you
  • Superb customer service

    By Wasted$$$$
    I contacted the supplier with a problem. Response was within a day. Problem was fixed!!!!