Stéphane Azzoni, French domiciled near Barcelona, sailing instructor and conveyor, owner of a Mini Transat, practicing hard regattas and offshore races in the Mediterranean, has developed the application MOBA (*) with the assistance of Swiss studio Hortis from Geneva.
Noting that no application on iPhone proposed function "Man Overboard" as found on GPS marine, he wanted to fill this gap. Excellent initiative !
The principle is simple : once the application is launched, you can just keep on standby while using other applications. With the multi-tasking iOS5, can rapidly activate and then press the red button-shaped. MOBA displays a compass and continuously calculates the distance and bearing to follow back to where we started the application. Heading is magnetic, the instantaneous distance in nautical miles.
This is such small application that can go completely unnoticed, until the day you really need. To 3 EUR, why deprive ? It may also serve other purposes as the man overboard. For example in the mountains to return to a checkpoint in fog, as forest or desert.
In these cases, it would be useful for application settings offer additional distance units than nautical mile : meters, yards and miles, in example.