River Canal Rescue launches WaterNav

River Canal Rescue (RCR) has taken over Eureauwebs inland waterway navigation products the water-way software system and e-canalmapp apps and rebranded them as WaterNav.

Compatible with all Windows desktops, laptops and netbooks, iphones, ipads and android smartphones, WaterNav apps cover eight regions;  the Midlands, South of England, North West England, North East England, East of England, the Norfolk Broads, Wales and Scotland. The WaterNav PC product covers the whole of Great Britain in one application and includes a route planning function.

Once downloaded, access to the maps is not dependent on a permanent internet connection, enabling users to plan and track routes and using GPS, pinpoint their exact locations and distance from over 60,000 points of interest.

These include; mooring locations, navigation points, potential hazards (e.g. weirs), bridges and locks, pump-outs, diesel and gas supplies, boatyards, Internet access points, pubs, restaurants, places to eat and drink, doctors, dentists, vets, shops, launderettes, bus stops and train stations, B & Bs, hotels, campsites and tourist attractions.

All can be filtered by waterway, town, place name or postcode and points of interest; the latter contain visitor information and contact details which are regularly updated.

A trip-tracking function on the apps allows boaters to record distance and travel times, a log-book facility automatically enters the date, time and location and users can then add their own narrative and photos.

RCR has been using a customized version of the water-way software to locate and respond to stricken boaters for eight years, and the team was so impressed with its functionality and future possibilities, they negotiated with Eureauweb to buy the software and app part of the business.

Managing director, Stephanie Horton, comments: The software and apps have the largest waterway-focused database in the UK, but this is only the start we are planning to modify the existing notification functions so people can feedback any changes, report their own boat problems and notify RCR and the Canal & River Trust of any damage such as canal breaches or accidents.

Other enhancements include installing features to simplify claims and accident assessments, and adding a panic button, so RCR engineers can respond immediately to an emergency.

Stephanie concludes; I can see WaterNav becoming a vital tool for all waterway users and believe they will come to consider it an essential piece of onboard equipment.

WaterNav is available from RCRs website www.rivercanalrescue.co.uk
Windows Desktop, laptop and netbook UK-wide software is £49 and the apps are £5.99 per region.