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Logbook Lite

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Our new logbook for the small trip

Easy to use but still a full featured logbook

Logbook Lite is a dig­i­tal logbook for the iPhone, aimed at all sailors and power­boaters who tend to make small trips and cruises, rather than going on big trips.

With Logbook Lite you can keep a sim­ple logbook with lit­tle effort, which still meets the offi­cial require­ments for log­books. It even works on the small screen of the iPhone, for which the user inter­face of ver­sion 1.0 is opti­mized (opti­mized screen dis­plays for the iPad are planned for later versions).

What Logbook Lite offers you

The input areas of Logbook Lite are clearly divided and you decide which areas to use accord­ing to your pref­er­ence. In the sim­plest case, only data about the start and end of the trip is recorded. If you want to enter more infor­ma­tion in your logbook, you can, for exam­ple, enter when the engine was switched on and off again or when you set sail. You can also enter inter­me­di­ate posi­tions (as a GPS posi­tion or as a free loca­tion) and con­tin­u­ously enter cur­rent weather data or have it entered from the onboard instru­ments in Logbook Lite.

In the jour­nal you can keep a diary and record tech­ni­cal infor­ma­tion. You can also insert pho­tos into the logbook. With acti­vated track­ing func­tion Logbook Lite records your route as Google­Track and dis­plays it in the logbook.

Of course, the logbook cre­ated with Logbook Lite can be saved as a PDF or printed. For this pur­pose Logbook Lite offers opti­mized and clearly arranged lay­outs.
Log­books cre­ated with Logbook Lite can also eas­ily be imported into the Logbook Suite mod­ule Biography Logbook Lite is thus inte­grated into the Logbook Suite system.

As lan­guage for the user inter­face of Logbook Lite can be selected Ger­man, Eng­lish, French, Dutch or Swedish. The man­ual is avail­able in Eng­lish and German.

Logbook Lite is avail­able as a stand­alone app and as a mod­ule of Logbook Suite Phone­Tools.

Logbook Lite as a stand­alone app: The start win­dow offers prac­ti­cal func­tions for open­ing, load­ing, sav­ing and delet­ing the Logbook Lite files.
Logbook Lite as a mod­ule of Logbook Suite Phone­Tools: In addi­tion to the func­tions for open­ing, load­ing, sav­ing and delet­ing the Logbook Lite files, you can also use some of the proven mod­ules of Logbook Suite with this app.

How to keep your logbook with Logbook Lite

1 – Keep your Logbook – minimal version

The card 📆 is used to record the cen­tral data of the logbook day. If you want to keep your entries to a min­i­mum, the fields on this card are sufficient. 

2 – Logbook enhancement 1: diary, photos and track

On the card 📓 Logbook Lite offers some func­tions that turn your logbook into a ship’s diary. Via the GPS of your iPhone, Logbook Lite can reg­u­larly record your posi­tion and cre­ate a track of your jour­ney and dis­play it on a Google Map. 

3 – Logbook enhancement 2: recording times, …

On the card ⏱ you can record times for engine oper­a­tion, sail­ing and pauses. Logbook Lite cal­cu­lates the engine oper­at­ing hours, the sail­ing time and the total dura­tion of all pauses from the times entered here.

… places …

On the card 📍 you can record at which place or at which GPS posi­tion you were at a cer­tain time. 

… and weather observations

Weather obser­va­tions can be entered on the card 🌦. If avail­able in the NMEA on-board net­work, some weather data is taken from the instru­ments. For the air pres­sure the mea­sured value of the iPhone baro­menter can be used.

Your ship — all data in one place

In the view Ship you can col­lect a whole range of impor­tant infor­ma­tion about the ship. This way you always have every­thing at hand. If you have already kept a logbook for your ship with Logbook Suite, you do not need to enter the ship data. You can import them from the logbook file. 

Logbook Lite can retrieve data from NMEA data sources con­nected to the iPhone via WiFi or Blue­tooth. The con­nec­tion between Logbook Lite and the data source is estab­lished via our app LogbookNMEA con­nect, which can be down­loaded free of charge from the Apple App Store. On our Sup­port site we pro­vide a list of the hard­ware for which there are ready-made set­ting sets (get there by click­ing on the bot­tom but­ton in the right col­umn or on Smart­phone at the bot­tom of this page). Please con­tact our sup­port if you want to use hard­ware that is not listed here.

Summary of trips per type

Via the freely selec­table type your trips can be sum­ma­rized and eval­u­ated accord­ing to topics.

Total evaluation of all trips

The view Sum­mary shows a list with the eval­u­a­tions of all types as well as an over­all eval­u­a­tion over all entries.

Your logbook kept with Logbook Lite as evidence

We hope that this case will never hap­pen, but unfor­tu­nately there might be a sit­u­a­tion where you have to use your logbook as evi­dence.
In some forums you can read about this topic: “Throw your logbook over­board if you are involved in an acci­dent. Then no one can prove any­thing against you.” But that is the worst thing you can do. Because that dis­qual­i­fies you as a skip­per and puts you on a worse foot­ing from the start. 

A well-kept logbook is con­sid­ered proof of good sea­man­ship – and this is one of the basic require­ments for a skip­per. The more you have noted in your logbook dur­ing the voy­age, the bet­ter. That’s why we also rec­om­mend using the addi­tional entry options on the cards ⏱, 📍, 🌦 and 📓. 

In the Inter­na­tional Reg­u­la­tions for Pre­vent­ing Col­li­sions at Sea there are only vague state­ments about how exactly a logbook for recre­ational boat­ing has to look like and what has to be recorded in it. There is still no men­tion of dig­i­tal log­books, although these are declared as allowed in other places. 

The key require­ments are that it must be a bound book­let or book. Loose sheets are not per­mis­si­ble. Pages may not be torn out. Fur­ther­more, it must be rec­og­niz­able if entries have been changed sub­se­quently. The logbook must not be writ­ten with erasable pens.

Logbook Lite has inte­grated numer­ous func­tions that trans­fer these require­ments to the dig­i­tal world, ensur­ing that your logbook is evi­den­tial: Dele­tion of already cre­ated entries is not pos­si­ble, sev­eral inde­pen­dent time stamps show where entries have been changed later and with his sig­na­ture the skip­per con­firms the cor­rect­ness of the entries

Your free trial of Logbook Lite

Con­vince your­self of Logbook Lite with our free trial ver­sion. The trial ver­sion offers all fea­tures of the full ver­sion, but is lim­ited to 5 days.
The but­tons in the right col­umn of this page (on smart­phones at the bot­tom of this page) lead to the down­load of Logbook Lite from the Apple App Store. You can either down­load the app Logbook Lite or the app Logbook Suite Phone­Tools, which offers other tools help­ful for the skip­per besides the logbook. On our down­load page (go here) you can also down­load detailed manuals.

If we could con­vince you of Logbook Lite, you can pur­chase a licenses in our online shop and con­vert your trial ver­sion directly into a full version.

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LogbookNMEA connect

List of devices supported by
NMEA function for iPad