Cool Product: Mobile Tide
The weather may be unpredictable but the tide ain’t, and most beaches you sail at are better or worse at varying states of the tide. But how many of us pop to the local chandlery shop to buy that little blue book on tides for your area? Umm..we thought so. Well how about, for roughly the same price, you can download tidal information for all beaches in the WORLD onto your mobile phone for a fiver.
We did, and this is what we thought:
Easy to Download? Yes. Go to their webpage, enter your mobile phone number and payment details and you get texted a link to download the application. It sits in your Applications folder on your phone and you have the information for life!
Easy to Use? The navigation is pretty straight forward. If you don’t see your beach in the set list then you have to put in ONE full moon, high tide time for your beach and it will work out the rest. A list of full moon times is on their website. Remember accessing Mobile Tides requires no phone signal, once you’ve downloaded it the info is on your phone like a calendar.
Easy to view? Nice graph, only comment is that it would be nice if it would display high and low water times so you get that info in a quick glance rather than scrolling through the ‘date & time’ until the line on the graph coincides with low or high water.
We like the Moon Phase option which allows you to see what phase the moon is at (neaps or springs).
Going abroad? Mobile Tide will adjust the times to whatever country you are in. So when you’re in Cape Town for your regular winter windsurfing holiday (!) and you manually change the clock by two hours forward, the Mobile Tide software will automatically re-adjust.
Cost: One off payment of £5 Available here: www.mobiletide.co.uk