I had an idea that it would be cool to be able to monitor
the position of my boat
, through www.marinetraffic.com
and the free Marine
Traffic app on my phone
. My boat
sits in Island Harbour, Anguilla
, on a good mooring
and by chance I have an AIS
station for Marinetraffic.com installed at my house, although any station will function for this. If I didn't have that station this would not work
for me as there is no other AIS station within range.
At first I had the boat on anchor
until the mooring installation
was completed. I worried about it, so I would leave the AIS on transmit and that allowed me to check on the boat's position. I suggested to Marinetraffic.com it would be a useful feature for cruisers to be able to define a notification if the boat was to move, and they sent me instructions how to do it, as the feature already exists.
By creating a Custom Area in My Account, you can define a circle around the boat's location. You can then define a notification if it leaves the area. It's easy to edit the location if you are using it to monitor
I think this may be potentially very useful in a number of situations, such as monitoring a boat at anchor
when you leave, or preventing boat theft. I wouldn't advocate it for boats in marinas
, it would create too much noise
for little gain, but for boats at anchor or out on moorings, it would be an easy to set up a monitor using only the equipment
you already have. As long as you have data on your phone
or periodic WiFi
, the marinetraffic.com app will push notifications at you.
I hope this is useful to someone and I'll pass on any comments to marinetraffic.com if anyone has suggestions.