Do you recommend some software (free or paid) that would allow me to set anchor alarm, but inform me remotely (e.g. on a mobile)?
No matter how thoroughly I check my anchor, I'm always worried when I go ashore and leave the boat unattended. I'm looking for some software that would notify me on my mobile phone when I start dragging anchor.
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I really like the idea or integration. That's one of the reasons I went for the Vesper Cortex. (I have no financial interest in their product apart from my investment in purchasing
Essentially its a wireless hub with a built in cellular connection to their proprietary cloud, that will network with all the existing sensors and network on your boat that use NEMA 0183 and/or NMEA 2000
. As such it combines several functions. It's a VHF
, an AIS
with remote Monitoring functions which are (if I'm not mistaken) in a constant state of development. So things like, Bilge Pump
Activation, Anchor Watch, High Water
state, Intruder and other sensor functions are available to be viewed from your cellphone while both you and the boat are within the local cellular network.
From memory the first 6 months of Monitoring function is free and after that a subscription is charged for the more sophisticated forms of monitoring while the features that are built in such as monitoring the Battery
state, the boats GPS position and one or two other features are maintained gratis.
I've recently installed this system and am really happy with it, though I had the inevitable one or two hiccups. I have yet to explore all the monitoring features, but I did do a temporary stitch up so that I can for example monitor
the Bilge pump
remotely. The monitoring App "Cortex Monitor" is found on Playstore, and I believe is available for Iphones.
The photos show the hub with the various networking and other connections, the portable battery powered handset in it's charging cradle
, and the other tethered handset at the helm
. I also have "Cortex Onboard" which is an app that mirrors the handset functions and display on your phone.
Currently I use Cortex to give AIS
info wirelessly on Open CPN
. The screenshot shows an AIS target query and I checked the position and range info using CPN functions against the AIS info.
Perhaps a bit of topic, but I've seen quite a few discussions re the use of separate VHF
antennae for AIS and VHF and the downside of Splitters employing just one antenna
for both functions on this forum. And I have to say that the splitter on the Cortex is doing an exceptional job. I didn't change my aerial or any adjustments. I get both VHF transmissions and receive without issue, and as you can see from the screen
shot I'm getting AIS from over 30 miles away over headlands that are higher than my mast