Free Nautical Charts

Free Nautical Charts Free App

Rated 4.29/5 (96) —  Free Android application by Arpeggio


About Free Nautical Charts

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


- NOAA ENC Electronic Navigational Charts (NOAA's newest and most powerful electronic charting product)

- NOAA BSB Classic Raster Charts (including Day, Red, Dusk, Night, and Gray versions)

- All chart data is supplied by NOAA.

Just toggle the chart you want in the map settings section and it will show up on the map! Zoom in for the finest detail!


-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:
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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.

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Download and install Free Nautical Charts version 1.1 on your Android device!
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Android package:, download Free Nautical Charts.apk

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App History & Updates

What's Changed
Current location marker size increased slightly. Minor feature updates.
Version update Free Nautical Charts was updated to version 1.1
More downloads  Free Nautical Charts reached 10 000 - 50 000 downloads
Version update Free Nautical Charts was updated to version 1.0.8
More downloads  Free Nautical Charts reached 5 000 - 10 000 downloads

What are users saying about Free Nautical Charts

by Z####:

Better than my 50 dollar subscription

by R####:

I want to begin by saying that this is my first review on an app. People are winning about this app not living up to their standards, but what you are asking for costs the price of all the other apps about nautical charts on the market > 7.99..... the fact that this is free already deserves 5 stars. Is it slower than paid apps? yes. does it download maps flawlessly? No. BUT IT'S FREE

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Kevin Lehmann

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by B####:

The app is great for what it's designed for. I haven't been able to get the location sharing to work, not sure if I'm doing something wrong or if outs a glitch in the app. Not enough of an issue to even take off one star though

by Q####:

Super simple and easy to use. For a free app without ads it works great. Even has route planning. I wish you could save each route but for a nice clean free app it's great.

by G####:

Great maps integrated with phone's GPS. Fantastic, but... No legend for map symbols, and instructions to use features is sorely missing. If they would provide instructions (or a guide), I would have given this app a strong 5-stars.

by S####:

I like this app but it really needs to show if the soundings are in feet or fathoms at a glance preferably at the top right of the screen. It is also a must to be able to download maps for offline use. Looking forward to these improvements thanks.

by L####:

Overall it's a good app. It would be better if you could store multiple routes.

by T####:

Best app I met so far for land, sea and air topographies!

by I####:

Does what i need it to do !!!

by U####:

I think this is the best ever !!!!!!!

by V####:

Easy to use

by D####:

The Free Nautical Charts is a very good thing to use so that you can see depths in the water in real time!! The app allows you to plot routes for your boat. When you get this app it is important to know the draft that your boat has, especially if she's a sailboat!! You definitely don't want to run aground and hurt the keel!!! Overall, this is an awesome app that is worth downloading!!!

by W####:

Great charts and multiple settings for easier access.

by I####:

Must have when navigating unfamiliar water at speed, depth is in feet when compared to depth finder. Know if you are in the channel when traveling and out of the channel whe. You want to anchor big thumbs up.

by U####:

Whenever I leave my home (and internet access) and reopen the program on my boat, it won't work. Can't figure out how to get it to work independent of internet - out at sea.

by V####:

This app is indispensable for me to plan my trips on the Chesapeake Bay in my boat. I can know the depths for the areas I'm going to, shipping lanes to avoid, check distances to points of interest, and much more. A definite enhancement for the safety of my small craft.

by D####:

Nice app for the price. Aborts on my Nook occasionally, but I can live with it.

by W####:

Awesome app when planning on plotting a course very easy to figure out round trip and if you know your vessels specs you can figure out fuel consumption love it hope it does not change

by Z####:

Awesome! Having chart with map overlay is incredible. Great app.

by A####:

This shows winds on the great lakes. Nice to know if one is planning a trip to the lakes.

by R####:

Well thought out. Extremely useful.

by J####:

Simple but works well if you have cell reception.

by Y####:

Excellent preplanning navigation. Great backup to my onboard chartplotter. O

by F####:

Very helpful app for navigating. Like the way point feature

by C####:

Nice chart app. Good distance tool.

by E####:

Does what i need it to

by N####:

Nice features and graphics for navigation.

by H####:

Good to have onboard when needed

by K####:

Great for navigation

by O####:

Great go to

by X####:

Awesome app

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by Y####:

Very good at first look. Wish it had a download funktion för off line use.

by F####:

I want to begin by saying that this is my first review on an app. People are winning about this app not living up to their standards, but what you are asking for costs the price of all the other apps about nautical charts on the market > 7.99..... the fact that this is free already deserves 5 stars. Is it slower than paid apps? yes. does it download maps flawlessly? No. BUT IT'S FREE

by C####:

Rendering is super slow. For some crazy reason, all the charts are displayed on a tilted perspective. The anti-aliasing is terrible and the slant perspective makes it worse.

by E####:

Working great so far

by N####:

Just what I wanted free charts

by H####:

Could you please add a legend. Would held some D A's like me

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