Affordable Solutions for Boat Monitoring and Security

If you own a boat, you know that there’s a lot that can go wrong at any time, from leaks to break-ins to unexpected power outages.  The good news is that there are many easy-to-use remote monitoring solutions that allow you to protect your boat from anywhere via your smartphone.  All you need is the the monitoring device; a cellular, WiFi or GPS connection; and a smartphone or computer.  Although some remote monitoring devices are made specifically for marine use, there are many similar products designed for other applications that can be “repurposed” for use on a boat.  Oftentimes, they cost less too.  Here are a few of our favorites:

 

IP Camera for Exterior Surveillance 

Pool WatchDog Safety CamBreak-ins and theft are a big problem for boat owners, even when docked in a so-called “protected marina.”  With the wireless, weatherproof Pool Watchdog IP Surveillance Camera, you can monitor your boat 24/7 and get instant email or text message alerts if an intruder steps into the cockpit of your boat.  It also lets you observe activity on your boat via streaming live video to your smartphone, tablet or computer so you can see who is trespassing and determine the best course of action.

  • Wi-Fi enabled — works with your existing router and your marina’s Internet service
  • Easy “plug and play” setup
  • No monthly service fees
  • Night vision
  • Cost:  Less than $200

 

Cellular Alarm for Water Sensing and More

Metropolitan Industries Ion Gateway Monitoring and Alarm SystemIf you want to be alerted if your boat is taking on water because the bilge pump has failed or there’s a leak somewhere in the hull, the cellular-based Metropolitan Industries Ion Gateway Monitoring and Alarm System is the perfect solution for boats without an Internet connection.  The Ion Cellular Gateway accepts two wireless sensors so it can also be used to monitor for motion, temperature, open/closed doors and windows, power outages and more with optional sensors.

  • Sends text message or email alerts
  • Operates on theT-Mobile cellular network
  • Low cost service plan: $6.00 – $8.00/month thru manufacturer
  • Cost:  About $375 plus sensors

 

Self-Powered Cellular Alarm for Bilges

xProxy LinkHere’s a unique cellular alarm you can use to monitor your critically important bilge pump.  Because the xProxy Link is self-powered by a long-life non-rechargeable lithium chloride battery battery, it’s ideal for boats on moorings that aren’t plugged into an AC power supply and don’t have an Internet connection.  The xProxy Link has one input and when triggered, it sends text, email, voice, and/or push notifications to up to 10 recipients with your personalized alert message.

  • Add a sumpbobber float switch to monitor your bilge pump
  • Alarm is completely self-powered by 5 to 7 year non-rechargeable battery
  • No monthly service costs — Verizon Wireless connectivity included in cost of unit
  • Cost:  $550 includes cellular service for life of unit

 

GPS Location Tracker to Find Stolen Vessels

Land Air Sea SilverCloud Real-Time GPS TrackerFor peace of mind, hide the SilverCloud Real-Time GPS Tracker somewhere on your boat and you’ll be able to find it anywhere in the world if someone takes it from its dock or mooring.  Use the tracker’s geo-fencing capability to set a virtual boundary for your boat.  If there’s unauthorized movement, the SilverCloud GPS Tracker will send a text message alert to your smartphone or computer.  It uses 100% GPS satellite technology and allows easy live viewing of your boat’s location on the SilverCloud mapping interface powered by Google Maps.™

  • Small and easy to install
  • Sends text message alerts for speed, movement and low-battery
  • Powered by rechargeable lithium ion battery
  • Cost:  Under $300 (plus activation fee and data plan)

 

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