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Old 10-04-2019, 04:52   #1
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Boat Monitoring Systems - SMS, Video, Theft?

Have any of you tried a boat monitoring system - the kind that check for things like high water, low battery, anchor drag, motion sensing, temps, and the like - and would send you an SMS alert or allow you to see a camera image while you are away from the boat?

I have an older system (Boat Nanny, OK but out of production), and I'm looking for something more up with the times. I read an interesting intro article recently in Practical Sailor that talked about Brnkl, Siren Marine and Yacht Sentinel. Ofcourse they all look great on their websites, but if you have an experience with these solutions and could share your experiences, costs, cell coverage, and anything else, I would greatly appreciate it!
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Re: Boat Monitoring Systems - SMS, Video, Theft?

I have a brnkl sitting on a test bench right now. played with it a little bit the other day.

notifications seemed a little hit and miss. but I was setting stuff off a lot. like a bilge pump or shore power loss every couple mins. probably work better with less things happening.

I don't really like the connector on it. the camera has to sit out in the open. with all the control wires hanging visable below it. I figure if you unplug it you just defeated the whole system? it's not something you could hide.

but it has a voltage history tracking of multiple battery banks, history of bilge running. boat air temp, shore cable disconnects, door opens, etc. for up to 7 days looks neat
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Have any of you tried a boat monitoring system - the kind that check for things like high water, low battery, anchor drag, motion sensing, temps, and the like - and would send you an SMS alert or allow you to see a camera image while you are away from the boat?

I have an older system (Boat Nanny, OK but out of production), and I'm looking for something more up with the times. I read an interesting intro article recently in Practical Sailor that talked about Brnkl, Siren Marine and Yacht Sentinel. Ofcourse they all look great on their websites, but if you have an experience with these solutions and could share your experiences, costs, cell coverage, and anything else, I would greatly appreciate it!
I have a product installed, Trek transponder, an Aussie product that works well and does many things with the ability to request a status report at any time via sms.
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