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, 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.
How to keep your logbook with Logbook Lite
1 – Keep your Logbook – minimal version
2 – Logbook enhancement 1: diary, photos and track
3 – Logbook enhancement 2: recording times, …
… places …
… and weather observations
Your ship — all data in one place
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
Total evaluation of all trips
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.