Zulu – free, interactive, boating and cruising guide

Zulu – free, interactive, boating and cruising guide

It’s here, it’s available now and it’s free! The perfect tool for boaters to find shared information from contributions from other boaters, all in a single click.

It’s Zulu Waterways, an interactive app and boating guide for finding boating information worldwide. What’s more It is simple, easy to use and fun!

Based on a Google interactive map, it has a nice familiar feel. Information available on the app ranges from anchorages, marinas, swimming spots, fuel docks, navigation advice and even the location of bins and taps—whatever information people feel will be useful to other boaters. There are multiple map views such as Satellite, Google Maps, Navionics Charts and Navionics Sonar Charts which are all free.

Think of all those times you’ve had to google a problem: When does the bridge open? What’s the best way to cross this bar? Where is the nearest place to fill up with water? etc. and then needed to sift through multiple websites and sailing forums to try to find a useful (and recent) answer, or those times when you’re thinking, say, while navigating a tricky shallow channel, ”Um, this doesn’t look like the chart/cruising guide, I wonder if the channel has shifted?

On Zulu, information like this is posted by the community (other boaters) and is updated in real time. It’s all in one place and a single tap away. You just go to the map, find the relevant icon and all the information put in by other boaters is right there.

Now, 3 years since it’s original launch Zulu Waterways is fairly comprehensive in Australia, especially on the East-Coast. So if you have local knowledge to share, get onboard! You might just save a few visiting cruisers the fate of past boats –   running aground, dragging their anchors, etc.)

Any user can contribute by adding new icons or editing and commenting on existing information. And as we said earlier, the best thing about Zulu—it’s free! And the developers, Lauren and Niki, a young cruising couple with their first baby, are committed to keeping it that way. Next is the offline version which is coming soon.

The app is available in app stores on iOS and Android or visit www.ZuluWaterways.com.