Garmin BlueChart® Mobile

Garmin BlueChart® Mobile

By Garmin

  • Category: Navigation
  • Release Date: 2012-11-07
  • Current Version: 2.1.4
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 257.44 MB
  • Developer: Garmin
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.4 or later.
Score: 3
From 318 Ratings


Plan & view routes on your iPad® or iPhone® with BlueChart® Mobile. Easily and wirelessly transfer those routes to your compatible Garmin networked chartplotter. Once onboard, wirelessly stream weather data overlaid onto your chartplotter screen.¹ What's New in Version 2.0 - Wirelessly stream weather data to compatible networked Garmin chartplotter² - Acquire weather through cellular-based Apple® devices and stream the weather onto a compatible Garmin chartplotter - Free weather data includes weather observations including buoy reports, marine zone forecast, land zone forecast, surface wind forecast grids, sea surface temperatures, surface pressure forecast and wave forecast - Premium Weather Data² available as an in-app purchase; includes infrared cloud imagery, radar imagery, lightning, StormWatch Land and Marine bulletins Get Your iPad on Board Get the same feature-rich and highly accurate BlueChart navigation available for your chartplotter right on your iPad. View shaded depth contours and inter-tidal zones with spot soundings from home. Plan your trips around marina points of interest and slipways. Overlay with Weather Data Acquire weather through cellular-based Apple devices and see weather conditions, temperatures, dew points, wind direction/speeds, radar and cloud cover overlaid on the chart. Easy-to-use BlueChart Mobile gives you the same object-oriented data and seamless chart presentation you’ve come to expect from your networked chartplotter. Interact with the map on your iPad or iPhone by using the radial menu to mark waypoints, establish a destination for your route or learn more about the features on the map. Search through BlueChart services and ActiveCaptain™ marinas for a marine service point and find the phone number, hours of operation, and amenities and services available. With the touch of a finger, view tide station and current prediction information. When on board, wirelessly connect your Apple device to your networked chartplotter and transfer your routes, waypoints and tracks between your iPad or iPhone and chartplotter. Once underway, “follow the boat” along its route on your iPad by wirelessly sharing the GPS location from the marine network. This is the most accurate way for passengers to see the boat’s progress and position from anywhere on the boat when the Apple device’s assisted-GPS is unavailable. ActiveCaptain Real-time Content Use BlueChart Mobile with ActiveCaptain, a web community that provides real-time content generated by mariners. Read and write reviews about marinas, shared local boating knowledge, anchorages and hazards. More than 200,000 boaters write reviews and update the information on ActiveCaptain, with more users joining all the time. *Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. ¹Weather data can stream wirelessly to GPSMAP® 8xxx/7400/7600/8x0/10x0/7x1/5x7 series. All other BlueChart Mobile features are also compatible with GPSMAP 4/5/6/7xxx series through the optional Garmin Wi-Fi® Adapter Kit. ²Weather features vary by region. The GPSMAP 8000 series requires the Wi-Fi Adapter Kit



  • Limited lake access

    By Explorer1428
    I purchased the map pack because it showed it covered most of the us.... 30 dollars later I still don't have any of my states freshwater lakes but instead charts of the small rivers leading in and out of them.
  • Weather issue resolved this week — back to 4 stars

    By RandalRombeiro
    Weather display/broadcasting issue resolved but without an app update which suggests it was a 3rd party data feed/connectivity issue
  • No weather! I think it’s time for an update as well, it’s been over a year!

    By Griffshawn
    The weather function has not worked for the past three days! What’s going on??
  • Great for Bahamas

    By Lynnatsea
    Used with Active Captain through the Bahamas, as back up to Furuno system. Fantastic value , accurate, easy to use and the Active Captain interface give great info for cruisers.
  • Crossed five major bodies of water with it!

    By YowutupG
    I am sold, and a full time believer. I crossed from Scotland through the Irish Sea, The Bay of Biscay, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico, using only this app with purchased maps and my Garmin Montana. Of course I had paper charts on board, but this was all I needed. It was amazing and outstanding and I will continue to use it no matter where I end up going boating.
  • Passage planning

    By Dinomontana
    Learning to use this app took awhile, not too easy but not too difficult either. Names of major land elements lacking so for example the city of Savannah I had to find it in the small print after finding it on an online map then I added my own icon with a proper label. I would hate to do this when traveling distances. Interface with my Garmin chart plotter (newer version) is okay as far as I can tell so far, but when sending a passage from this app to the chart plotter the waypoints are diminutive and harder to find = not the same as planning on the chart plotter in the first place. LOVE Active Captain!
  • DO NOT BUY for lakes!

    By Mrdanahy
    I purchased the North American maps for $45. Lake of the Ozarks were not included. App is completely useless to me for the next 20 years, at said time when I buy an ocean yacht. Navionics has better coverage for $10.
  • Check you map coverage BEFORE you buy.

    By Buckshot_00
    Map coverage is deceiving. Rivers are mapped, MOST LAKES ARE NOT. But some "key" lakes are. Cumberland river is mapped, Cumberland Lake (which is just the dammed up part of Cumberland river) is not. That's a lot of $ to spend on no coverage.... especially when other garmin products have it mapped. Come on Garmin, expand your maps. The app looks better (and the premium weather radar overlay option is awesome!!!) but with no chart coverage for any of the lakes I use, it is worthless. And sadly, there is no coverage preview or web lookup so you have to call Garmin support and wait on the phone for 30 minutes to ask about coverage... Going back to Navionics.
  • Helpful application

    By Zephyr 3.14
    This application is a great resource. I use it mostly to locate places we will stop at during our long voyages. Do find the location-labeling lacking and would love to post to Active Captain, but can't figure out how. Now that Garmin owns Active Captain, I hope the interface becomes more intuitive.
  • Very Difficult To Use

    By EdB10*
    The only good thing about this app is that it works with Active Captain, but so do others that are easier to use. The major problem is the presentation of place names as you zoom in and out. At large scale, it will show the manes of creeks and small islands, but not the name of the island containing the creek or the inlet in which the island is located. For example, try finding Barkley Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island. It is virtually impossible. The names of cities and towns are another example. The app will show, often in all caps, the name of an inlet or creek in the town, but not the name of the city or town.