Logbook in Detail

For iPad as well as for the Mac Logbook is the only digital logbook on the market which meets the official requirements of a logbook. But Logbook is very popular with Windows users too.

Logbook is just perfect for skippers who have used printed logbooks so far, but want to make use of the advantages of a digital logbook. This is, apart from the optional automatic recording of navigation data, the automatic analysis of the nautical data, for example. Using the trips and the overview Logbook automatically calculates totals for relevant data as well as average values—both for each day, for a whole trip and for all entries in the logbook. Of course your Logbook can be printed. This is a nice gift for every crew member to keep the trip in good memory.

During the journey you can enter the nautical data into Logbook just like in the traditional logbook on paper. It is up to you how often and how detailed you type in your information. Logbook provides for each day a page with several tabs for the nautical information, weather information, technical notes and for your personal diary with photos. Besides, Logbook offers a special view where you can put in detailed information on your yacht. This makes it easier to find all important information when needed.
To easily enter the navigation data even under very bad conditions Logbook provides a special view with large fields for data entry while crusing.
With the new version Logbook 4.0 you can also Logbook let make the entries automatically.


Using Logbook with NMEA connection

Logbook offers functions to capture navigation data from GPS/NMEA data sources and enter them in your logbook.
Whenever you want to make an entry in your logbook, you can capture the current GPS/NMEA data and have it entered in the logbook. All information that is not provided by your GPS/NMEA data source can to be entered manually.
Or you activate the Auto-NMEA function and let Logbook make your entries automatically. Possible are hourly entries (at the full hour), entries at a course change larger than the set angle or at under- or overrun of preset speeds.

On the PC Logbook supports NMEA0183 data sources connected via USB, Bluetooth or WiFi. Pure NMEA2000 data sources are not yet supported, but most multiplexers provide NMEA0183 data anyway.
On the iPad, Logbook supports both NMEA0183 and NMEA2000 data sources connected to the iPad via WiFi, Bluetooth or cable adapters. The connection between Logbook and the data source is established via our iPad app LogbookNMEA connect, which can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple App Store. On our Support/Q&A 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). Please contact our support if you want to use hardware that is not listed here.

Depending on the type of data source, the following data can be entered automatically into your logbook from data source (NMEA0183 or NMEA2000):

  • board time and time in UTC
  • position
  • course over ground (COG )
  • speed over ground ( SOG)
  • wind direction and wind speed
  • LOG or TRIP
  • air pressure, temperature and humidity
  • on the tab Weather: water temperature

If your iPad is connected to a NMEA2000 network it can also read the engine operating hours (if available in the network).

Please note that GPS mice or the internal GPS of the iPad does not provide wind data.

On the iPad, the NMEA function can also read data from the integrated GPS. LogbookNMEA connect then calculates course and speed over ground from the iPad GPS data. So you get two additional values, which are automatically entered into Logbook.

In demo mode (if there are less than 5 days in the logbook) you can also test the NMEA function and the automatic data entry in you logbook. As soon as more than 5 days have been created, the NMEA function is only available if a serial number for the appropriate NMEA license (PC or iPad) has been entered.


Screenshots and Printouts

The screenshots and examples for printouts will give you a taste of Logbook—but convince yourself and load your free trial version!


The decorative cover sheet


The tab Navigation shows an overview with the navigation data of the whole day.


For entering the navigation data while travelling Logbook provides a clear input dialog with large fields. The number of entries in not limited.


On the tab Engine you can record for up to 2 engines the operating times and distances traveled.


The sheet Batteriesis useful for monitoring your batteries.


The enhanced Fuel Calculator now calculates the consumption per hour and per unit of distance.


The tab Journal is for your personal diary and up to 4 photos per day.


The slide show provides a lager displaying of your photos stored in Logbook.


Creation of a Google track from the positions recorded using the Auto-NMEA function, which is new in Logbook 4.0.


The view Trips shows a summary for each day.


Graphic showing the total distances as well as the distances under sail or engine during a trip.


Printed page with the navigation data of one day


Printed page showing one trip


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