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Reed's Digital Almanac : The Bible of anglophile yachtmen

For those who navigates in the English Channel and along British shores, an elementary English language practice is a great help. Except know order a “Pint of Guinness” or a plate of “Fishes and Chips” at the first pub landed, nautical books in English reading, with help of a French-English Navy terms lexicon is a valuable asset. English navigation guides are among the best in the world, to the extent that many of them have been translated into French, as Imray Guides.

But if there is one absolutely essential, It is the Reed's Nautical Almanac, “The” English Bible for boaters. A pad of several hundred pages, fortunately available today in digital version on iOS.

For 60 € enjoy much impressive of nautical information about West coasts of Europe. From Shetland Islands to Gibraltar Strait and the Azores, hundreds of harbours descriptions, sorted into 26 regions, give you access to all the information : plans of the ports and port information, lights and navaids, Sailing Directions, tidal tables, local weather, and many other necessities.

Most of the information is downloaded and stored on the device after validation of the subscription (in-app purchase). An internet connection is required then to update data, weather predictions and alert bulletins. The annual subscription, that can be done by region or all regions (much more interesting), to maintain these updates beyond one year.

Port information

All information regarding ports are provided in a very detailed manner : access and communications, plans, tides, services and facilities.

Information port and port plans

Sailing Directions

For each region of the sailing directions describe routes and hazards, lights, marks and beacons, currents.

Sailing Directions, lights and navaids, tidal streams

Marine weather

Local and regional marine weather bulletins are supplemented by weather charts predictions from the MetOffice up to 72 hours, the all updated via internet connection.

Weather reports and graphical forecast maps

Routes Planning

A tool to create routes with ports or waypoints for planning navigation. Useful in addition to a navigation software to present concisely route : Tides at start and arrival, mean time to go, etc..


Full documentation is provided, downloaded with the application, such as the catalog of symbols and abbreviations of nautical charts “Reference Data”, equivalent of SH1D by SHOM.

In brief, a valuable resource for the safety of navigation, can usefully complement navigation applications (¹) and French nautical guides already mentioned on this blog (²).

(¹) See the menu “Tutorials” in present blog.
(²) Nautical documents on electronic media


Author : Francis

Since 2009 independent IT trainer and consultant for boating. Translator of many navigation applications on iOS and MacOS. Professional in boating for over 25 years, I provide training for applications and consulting and assistance for the integration of mobile devices (tablets, smartphones) on pleasure boats.


  1. Hello Francis, I hardly a bit to find the application, It seems absent from the french and Belgian store > where did you found it?


  2. OK, seen in the iPad store (but absent from the iPhone store).

    Thank you

    • Hello,

      We’re the publisher of the Reeds Almanac, and develop the app too. At the moment the Almanac app is only compatible with the iPad. We continue to look at ways to develop an iPhone version too, but we couldn’t say if and when this would be available.


      Reeds Nautical