Review of Crash Test Boat App
The Crash Test Boat app, published by Yachting Monthly, takes a rather ingenious series right from the pages of their print publication and with the addition of great graphics & video and put together a terrific (and a little scary) app for the iPad.
Reminiscent of TV’s ‘Top Gear’ but with a yachting slant, the purpose of the app is to show you how to avoid and troubleshoot disaster at sea. The Magazine first ran an 8-part series over a period of about a year, detailing their tortuous destruction of a perfectly good Jeanneau Sun Fizz ketch. Then YM Editor Paul Gelder, together with a plethora of experts like Mike Golding, one of the world’s top sailors (consultant on Capsize), Paul Lees, Founder of Crusader Sails (consultant on Dismasting and Jury rig), and YachtingTV’s own Steve Adams–put together a truly fantastic experience that could only be enjoyed on an iPad.
An app that truly does
justice to the medium
What’s in it for you?
Ask yourself this: “What’s your worst sailing nightmare?” Perhaps a dismasting or a fire below deck or maybe a complete rollover before your poor vessel strikes a rock and runs aground! Oh my!
The app highlights these and other potential disasters you may encounter at sea and looks at a range of different techniques and tools that can be used to survive them, with some surprising results. Eight potential disasters are covered, including dismasting, fire, leaks and running aground. I won’t give away the ending, but suffice to say, there’s not much of the boat left by the end!
The app isn’t all about destruction. In fact, there’s plenty of useful information with stories and advice from those who have experienced disaster for real. There are contributions from top yachtsmen.
“The lessons learned from these serial disasters have been well received globally by thankful yachtsmen who are now much better armed against potential peril.” – Yachting Monthly
What I love about this app is its interactive design. Besides the 360 panoramas, the great video and galleries, you can also capsize a boat through a full 360 degrees just by sliding your finger across the screen. Stop midway and go backwards! You’re in control of every grisly detail.
If you’re not used to the newest navigation available on other media like magazines on the iPad, it might be useful to check out the instructions and help pages at the beginning. Overall, the app is user friendly, making use of those handy swipes and clicks to navigate.
At $4.99 the app represents good value for money. It may just give you the tip you need to get out of a tight spot one day, thereby avoiding the need to call for SOS.
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They holed it, rolled it, burnt it and drowned it! But at least they didn’t SINK it!
Yachting Monthly’s crash test boat on show at the London Boat Show.