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Ditch Approaches Navigation Differently
by incorporating Local Knowledge.
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Competent local boaters are better at navigating
tricky passages than traditional chart plotters.
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Boaters value the increased confidence they get from
technology because the alternatives are expensive and dangerous.
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Ditch mines historical vessel positioning data
to provide automated route guidance.
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Ditch uses data to take the guesswork out
of navigation. We help boaters minimize risk and maximize fun.
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Finding a safe route through unfamiliar waters is challenging,
especially close to shore, in poorly charted waters.
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Ditch Approaches Navigation Differently
by incorporating Local Knowledge.

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Competent local boaters are better at navigating
tricky passages than traditional chart plotters.

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Boaters value the increased confidence they get from technology because the alternatives are expensive and dangerous.

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Ditch mines historical vessel positioning data to provide automated route guidance.

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Ditch uses data to take the guesswork out of navigation. We help boaters minimize risk and maximize fun.

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Finding a safe route through unfamiliar waters is challenging, especially close to shore, in poorly charted waters.

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AS FEATURED IN

Ditch featured in Feb 2024 issue of Power & Motoryacht. Navigation App
Ditch featured in Feb 2024 issue of Power  & Motoryacht. Navigation App
Join Trip Smith, content creator and BoatTEST Captain, navigating with Ditch.
Trip Smith, content creator and BoatTEST Captain, navigating with Ditch Boating App

Why Ditch?

DITCH | Navigate With Confidence: Your Smart Path™ Boating App

Make the most out of every trip

Use the Ditch to take the guesswork out of navigation and find the best way to go: the shortcuts the locals take, the routes that experienced captains follow. It’s like having your own expert pilot onboard, helping you steer safely through unfamiliar waters. Our easy-to-use platform helps boaters make better decisions on the water with confidence.

Ditch Features

Local Knowledge

Traditional plotters and apps all work the same way: they create a route based on the depth soundings in the charts. Ditch approaches navigation differently, by identifying the routes taken by captains with Local Knowledge.

Smart Route

Ditch is the only boat application to use statistical models to analyze historical route data and generate an optimal route based on travel data patterns. This technology is Patent Pending.

View Only What You Need

Routes created in Ditch can be filtered based on boat size, age, and other factors that matter to you. Routes made by captains that you like to follow can be quickly identified by color.

Make Your Mark

Quickly mark important places on the map, and search for landmarks. All devices running Ditch, and the Ditch web site, are all automatically updated with your data.

The Benefits of Using Ditch

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Increased Safety

The Ditch app uses actual paths created by boats, not potentially outdated depth soundings. It is designed to keep you safe on the water.

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Enjoyable Experience

Our intuitive interface works on any mobile device, and is available for free on the web, making route planning more enjoyable than ever before.

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Peace of Mind

Ditch is an open platform. Use GPS from your device or from your boat. Import GPX routes from other sources, or export Ditch routes to your plotter.

How It Works

Ditch: minimizing risk, maximizing fun. 

Ditch uses historical AIS data to find the most frequently traveled areas for similar vessels.  You can chose to view all paths or ask Ditch to create a custom route between waypoints. Multiple waypoints can be combined to create longer routes.

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Effortlessly plan your trip

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Intuitive interface for creating and modifying routes

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Ditch is not a substitute for experience or awareness. Always use caution when navigating especially in unfamiliar waters.

Let’s get started

Download Ditch from the App Store or Google Play. You can also use Ditch right from the web for free.

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Annual Subscription

The mobile version of Ditch is free to you for a 30 day trial period. After that, you will be able to unlock all of Ditch’s features for $30/year. The web version of Ditch is free to use.

Documentation and Support

Comprehensive Documentation

Our comprehensive online documentation can answer many of your questions about using Ditch. Training videos are also in the works.

Dedicated Community

Connect with other boaters, discover expert routing tips, and share your experiences in our interactive forum.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Ditch is available on both mobile and web platforms, so you can use it on any Android or Apple phone or tablet, and use it free on the web.

Probably not. While boaters increasingly rely on phones and tablets for wind, weather, dockage, music, navigation and other features there are still proprietary protocols for sonar and radar. However, Ditch routes can be uploaded to a chart plotter in GPX format (and vice versa: routes created by other systems can be imported into Ditch).

These depth areas represent U.S. Army Corps of Engineers survey data going back to 2020. You can view a key of depths by toggling ‘Show Legend’ under settings.

Ditch is designed for segments that have been frequented by boaters with AIS transmitters. If you're not getting results try creating a shorter route and then select one of the red waypoint targets and select 'Extend Route' to build a longer path

Captains navigating inland in the US may have heard references to The Ditch on VHF - a term of endearment for the intercostal waterways.

Once you have created a route click a red waypoint and select 'Edit Route.' There you will see sliders that allow you to restrict the vessel length and data age.