NOAA has announced a new mobile app called MyNOAACharts that allows users to download NOAA nautical charts and editions of the U.S. Coast Pilot. The first release of the app will only work on Android-based tablets. The beta test for MyNOAACharts will end on Labor Day, September 2, 2013. NOAA's Coast Survey will then evaluate usage and user feedback, which will be pivotal in any decision to move forward.
MyNOAAChart, which can be used on land and on the water, lets users find their positions on a NOAA nautical chart. They can zoom in any specific location with a touch of the finger, or zoom out for the big picture to plan their day of sailing. The Coast Pilot has geo-tagged some of the major references and provides links to appropriate federal regulations.