Based on a few threads of missing vessels and vessels having to be abandoned, neither of which has to my knowledge ever been heard from again, had me a little worried.
I initially believed AIS
would be the salvation if my boat
went walkabout, or if we ever had to leave her, however AIS
has turned out to not be as useful as I had hoped. So I started thinking about a tracker, trucks and containers are tracked world wide, so why can't a boat
Being that Garmin
had just bought out Delorme, I waited until the Garmin
product was available. Initial thought was to put it in a waterproof box in the cockpit
but plugged into a 12 VDC source to keep it charged, that way it is out in the open, protected and continually charged.
However, it seems to work fine on my chart table down below, it sends and receives messages via satellite
, receives GPS
and transmits successfully track data.
Interestingly by comparison, the phone
I used to carry a Motorola 9500, would never have worked below deck
Also it is too early to say it will always work below deck
, nor can we say because it works under my deck, that it will work under all decks. There is no wood in my deck for example.