Mobile Apps for WatchMate Vision and XB-8000

WatchMate Vision and XB-8000 are supported by a growing set of mobile apps. Things to look for are whether the app supports GPS and AIS data over WiFi (TCP). If so, then it will work great with either the WatchMate Vision or XB-8000.

Here's a summary of apps we have tested. Please let us know if we're missing one.

iPhone and iPad

App GPS AIS Comments
Vesper Marine WatchMate App
WatchMate App for iPad and iPhone
Yes Yes

Free Vesper Marine app for configuration, monitoring and remote control. Supports both iPhone and iPad. You can view targets on a "radar" plotting screen with both north-up and heading-up orientations.

When used with a WatchMate Vision, it can mute alarms remotely and has the ability to filter targets to reduce the clutter of icons shown by all other apps. It does this by eliminating targets which don't pose a collision risk.

All other apps take time for AIS targets to be received and displayed. This is because AIS transmissions occur on a periodic interval. But the Vesper Marine WatchMate app has instant target acquisition. This means that as soon as you start the app or switch on your iPhone/iPad all the previously received vessel positions and target names are displayed all at once. You can have a list or plot them visually and they all appear immediately. With any other app this takes several minutes. This capability is available because of the unique integration of the WatchMate app with the Vesper Marine XB-8000 and WatchMate Vision AIS transponders.

iNavX Yes Yes Overlays AIS targets on charts. Free charts available for some regions. Subscription required for other regions and chart formats. Supports Navionics charts.
SEAiq Yes Yes Overlays AIS targets on charts. Compatible with a wide range of charts including ones you make yourself. There are several versions, including free ones, that are available for different chart formats. You can even create waypoints and upload them to many chart plotters over NMEA 0183. All versions work with WatchMate Vision.
iSailor Yes Yes The 1.6.1 version (April 2014) now supports GPS over WiFi. As a result, it has been recommended by several customers with XB-8000 and WatchMate Vision transponders. iSailor is free and you just pay for the charts within the app. However, you do need to also pay to make AIS/GPS over WiFi available. We've heard from an XB-8000 owner that iSailor has the best night mode.
iRegatta Yes Yes Tactical regatta application as well as for cruising navigation. Includes features for navigating to GPS waypoints and keeping tracks. Plots AIS targets on a radar view.
NMEAremote Yes No NMEA multi-function instrument display with large digits and many pre-configured alarms. Doesn't display AIS targets yet but for GPS and NMEA instruments (wind, depth, speed, etc) this is a nice app. Has specific integration with Vision making it the easiest app to configure.
Garmin BlueChart No No Designed to complement a chart plotter. BlueChart Mobile is meant as a trip planning aid, not as a primary navigation tool. Not compatible.
Navionics No No This app does not support either GPS or AIS over WiFi. As a result, it is not capable of being used. Not compatible.
Plan2Nav No No Designed to complement a chart plotter. Plan2Nav is meant as a trip planning aid, not as a primary navigation tool. Not compatible.

Android

App GPS AIS Comments
Vesper Marine WatchMate App
WatchMate App for Android
Yes Yes

Free Vesper Marine app for configuration, monitoring and remote control. Supports Android phones and tablets. You can view targets on a "radar" plotting screen with both north-up and heading-up orientations.

When used with a WatchMate Vision, it can receive and mute alarms remotely and has the ability to filter targets to reduce the clutter of icons shown by all other apps. It does this by eliminating targets which don't pose a collision risk.

All other apps take time for AIS targets to be received and displayed. This is because AIS transmissions occur on a periodic interval. But the Vesper Marine WatchMate app has instant target acquisition. This means that as soon as you start the app or switch on your phone or tablet all the previously received vessel positions and target names are displayed all at once. You can have a list or plot them visually and they all appear immediately. With any other app this takes several minutes. This capability is available because of the unique integration of the WatchMate app with the Vesper Marine XB-8000 and WatchMate Vision AIS transponders.

Memory-Map Yes Yes Memory-Map is a complete navigation app, using a range of raster nautical charts downloaded from the in-app store, or from standard BSB chart CDs. Route planning is easy and intuitive. The app displays a wide range of navigational data, and data from vessel instruments, on a customizable pull-down screen. Track logs and NMEA logs can be captured and shared using GPX files. AIS is fully supported, with separate alarm thresholds for class A and B targets. It plots DSC position reports and distress calls, and has an anchor alarm feature. Navigational data and alarms can be viewed on a connected Android Wear smartwatch.
SeaWi Yes Yes Excellent navigation app with lots of features and AIS support including CPA, TCPA alarms and buddy tracking. If you have your XB-8000 or WatchMate Vision connected to your instruments via NMEA 0183 or NMEA 2000 then this app will also display depth, apparent and true wind, and water temperature. Clever data forwarding to remote users if your tablet has internet access. Uses free OpenSeaMap charts with growing world-wide coverage.
Sailtracker Polar AIS Yes Yes Free app that overlays AIS targets on satellite images. Displays true and magnetic heading, apparent and true wind speed and angle, depth, temperature, current waypoint, VMG, ETA and computes polars. Excellent complement to the XB-8000 or WatchMate Vision NMEA gateway for displaying instrument data. Some features require the paid Pro version.
LogNMEA Yes Yes Free app from the same author as Sailtracker. This is for troubleshooting NMEA instrument connections and allows you to view the NMEA data stream between your XB-8000 or WatchMate Vision and your tablet. It's a handy diagnostic tool for the NMEA gateway feature within the XB-8000 or WatchMate Vision. It does essentially the same thing as the serial data display within the Vesper Marine vmAIS PC & Mac configuration tool, but this allows you to do it directly on your Android tablet.
droidAIS Yes Yes Low cost app that overlays AIS targets on charts. Uses free OpenSeaMaps and you can also create your own offline charts.
iRegatta Yes Yes Tactical regatta application as well as for cruising navigation. Includes features for navigating to GPS waypoints and keeping tracks. Plots AIS targets on a radar view.
Navionics No No This app does not support either GPS or AIS over WiFi. As a result, it is not capable of being used. Not compatible.
Plan2Nav No No Designed to complement a chart plotter. Plan2Nav is meant as a trip planning aid, not as a primary navigation tool. Not compatible.