Wanted to share a product and install I did.
We own a catamaran
. Each hull
has 3 water-tight compartments. One for the transom and engine
room, one in the middle, and one at the bow.
Ideally, we install 6 automatic bilge
pumps in our boat. Not wanting to put 4 more holes in the boat however, I did want to install a water alarm
in the 2 front bilges, and the 2 engine
rooms so if we had any water
I would know about. The two bigger bilge
areas in the midsections have auto bilge pumps.
I looked at all the normal "marine" systems, like water witch, etc. All very nice, but expensive for 4 alarms, and also a pain to install. Wires to 4 corners of the boat, and an alarm
somewhere to notify me. Ideally something with 4-zones so I know which bilge has the water when the alarm goes off.
To make a long story short, found this product:
GE Choice Alert - Jasco Products Company
It is a "home" alarm system. A central monitoring unit, and then various "sensors" you can install, one of which being a water alarm.
I have only installed water alarms, but it could easily be expanded to include a motion sensor, door/hatch sensors, etc. And can install an external speaker I believe, a remote
key FOB, and a panic button.
solution, very easy to install. Only the central unit needs DC power, and it runs on 12V. The sensors are all wireless with batteries that last about 2 years. It alerts when the batteries are low.
Product can be found about 40% cheaper at Wal-mart, and eBay. No need to purchase
direct. I purchased the control unit by itself, and then the water sensors separately.
I have no affiliation with GE, just think its a cheap
and decent product for an otherwise expensive solution.