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Welcome! (toc)

This manual describes the Sailor Logbook App for iPhone and iPad with iOS version 10.3 or newer. Tap or click the button below to download it, or - on a PC/Mac - to get an App Store Preview:

The manual covers App version 2.5 - the actual version is shown at Start of App.

The Sailor Logbook App is for sailors wanting:

Connecting to the optional Sailor Logbook Website gives options for:

The Sailor Logbook Homepage has a link to a separate manual for the Website.

To give a quick impression of the App, and to encourage you to spend some time to study this rather lengthy manual, a few examples on how the App was used now follows as appetizers:

Appetizer 1: daytrip in the Sound (toc)

June 2017, at sea in the Sound between Denmark and Sweden, a daytrip was captured:

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The screenshot above is from an iPhone SE device, for which the App is optimized. The map settings are:

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Appetizer 2: roundtrip through Sweden (toc)

A roundtrip (june-july 2018) through Sweden was tracked;

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Here the map settings are:

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A report gives another picture - below a snippet of the report on the third day of the roundtrip:

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On a small screen both horizontal and vertical scrolling is needed to see all the details. Maybe a print would be opportune.

Alternatively, the report view can - like most other views and all maps - be pinched: it zooms out when pinching inwards:

Pinched report

- and it zooms in when pinching outwards:

Pinched report

A single track (day 19 of the roundtrip) can be shown via a tracklist:

Single day map

Pinching the map zooms in for greater details:

Single day map

The settings for the two screenshots above were:

The contents of the logbook for a given time range can be assembled in a Bread text page, and from there copied to the clipboard:


Appetizer 3: Crossing Biscaya (toc)

Crossing Biscay (sept 2018, on board Costa Pacifica) was an offshore rite of passage like no other. Luckily it was calm weather!

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There must have been a very strong with-going ocean current in the English Channel!

A report summary gives some figures:

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Basics (toc)

While tracking, whenever a movement of approximately 200 meter has happened, the App makes and saves a plot with location and a timestamp. Plots are used for drawing track sections, but are in themselves hidden.

During tracking, the App itself makes automatic events on certain conditions, and you yourself make manual events with miscellaneous registrations.

Manual events are also called user events many places.

Events are attached to plots. When a manual event is made, the App forces the GPS to make a plot to attach to. Events are represented in maps as colored pins, and in lists and report as colored cells. They can be accessed from both maps and lists for inspection, editing and (with exceptions) deletion.

Though plots and events are different concepts, they are often considered equivalent.

Track title and free-text comments may be entered and edited at any time. All text fields are optional, i.e. they need not be filled in.

The current track is the track that's being tracked. It can be shown in a live map, and edited.

When tracking is ended, the current track is moved to a collection of historic tracks, from where it can be listed, searched, shown on map and lists or report, and edited almost without limitation - like a current track. Historic tracks are kept in the App as long as you wish and have memory on your device.

Historic tracks can be uploaded to the Sailor Logbook Website, after which they are kept in a frozen state in the App - i.e. they cannot be edited any longer, only shown and deleted. At the Sailor Logbook Website, they can still be edited - and deleted if you want.

At the Website, tracks are transformed into cruises which can be edited. If an uploaded track is deleted from the App, it may be recreated by a download, whereby such edits are included.

Hardware (toc)

Tracking is only feasible on devices with built in GPS hardware, i.e. on all iPhones and iPads with the cellular option.

iPads without GPS (without cellular option) can't do any tracking, though they may still download tracks from the Website to display these on map and lists.

The App is designed to work on devices from small screens (4" on iPhone SE and iPhone 5) and up. Larger screens - like the iPad - of course have benefits, especially when showing maps. However, the App functions identically on all devices.

Restrictions (toc)

The only way to backup, restore and replicate your tracks to other devices is via the Sailor Logbook Website. The current App version has no connection to Apple's iCloud services.

Whenever the designation map occurs, the reference is to land map - i.e. sea maps are not supported. The Sailor Logbook App uses Apple maps, and the Sailor Logbook Website uses Google maps.

There is no support of taking photos inside the App. However, photos taken with the camera App - or other - can be uploaded to the Website, using functions there.

Though the App works on both small and large screens, this manual is best read on a large screen.

Precautions (toc)

When tracking, the GPS does consume a considerable amount of battery power. Therefore it's recommended that your device is connected to a power source when doing prolonged tracking.

For upload to and download from the Website to work - as well as showing maps - network connection is needed. This may be through wifi (all iOS devices) or mobile network (all iPhones and iPads with the cellular option).

Any number of your devices can use the App. If you have a Sailor Logbook Website account, they can all be connected to that. However, you shouldn't simultaneously track on more than one attached device, as this will result in conflicts.


The simulator (toc)

As basis for this manual, a simulator rather than a real device was used often. Simulated tracks are determined by Apple developers. None of these tracks are at sea, so you must abstract from that.

Dynamic Type (toc)

From version 2.1 iOS Dynamic Type is supported. This means you can change the text size in popups, dialogs and many views. Text size can be changed in the general setting:

Settings -> General -> Accessiblity -> Larger Text

The general setting phrase relates to the device setting, i.e. the iPhone / iPad setting App. The word setting in isolation relates to settings internal in the Sailor Logbook App.

All screenshots in this manual are taken with text size set to a medium size:

>Dynamic Type

Facebook (toc)

Here you'll find a closed group for questions and discussions on Sailor Logbook (both App and Website), with same name as the Website homepage:


On Facebook, please ask for membership, if you want to join the group!

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