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Old 31 October 2009, 09:13   #1
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Anyone supply trackers for engines/ribs

Does anyone know if companies offer a chip that can be put in an engine, then if or when stolen, they just locate through gps signal and kill the scrotum that stole it???

My iphone has the techno to find itself, surely it cant be expensive to supply a chip then a central location like with car trackers. It would put off some of the thieves as they won't be expecting it.
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Old 31 October 2009, 11:21   #2
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Have a search on here, this has been asked before and I think it can be done.
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Old 31 October 2009, 12:29   #3
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Paul,

I have a couple of GPS trackers one of which is mounted in Time Bandit. The other I have sitting around, it is from eBay and is actually a chinese copy of the one I have in the boat (also chinese) the reason I bought the original was becuase I was getting some false alarms from the copy when I set up the "Move" option which basically texts you when the boat moves 200metres from its set location. However I have since found that this was actualy due to where I had it mounted as it was getting interfernce from the metal casing of the VHF.

If you want my spare you can have it for 25, you will need to fit a pay as you go Simcard in then follow the instructions. It has a battery life of about 36 hours I have 1 battery as I am using the other one in mine however you can buy a 12volt converter from ebay herewhich powers the unit from the boat battery this was about 10 it is small enough to fit under the cowl of an outboard or anywhere on the boat. (smaller than a packet of fags).

Let me know if you want to give it a whirl.

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Paul,

I have a couple of GPS trackers one of which is mounted in Time Bandit. The other I have sitting around, it is from eBay and is actually a chinese copy of the one I have in the boat (also chinese) the reason I bought the original was becuase I was getting some false alarms from the copy when I set up the "Move" option which basically texts you when the boat moves 200metres from its set location. However I have since found that this was actualy due to where I had it mounted as it was getting interfernce from the metal casing of the VHF.

If you want my spare you can have it for 25, you will need to fit a pay as you go Simcard in then follow the instructions. It has a battery life of about 36 hours I have 1 battery as I am using the other one in mine however you can buy a 12volt converter from ebay herewhich powers the unit from the boat battery this was about 10 it is small enough to fit under the cowl of an outboard or anywhere on the boat. (smaller than a packet of fags).

Let me know if you want to give it a whirl.

Chris
Sorry forgot I already offered this to someone else who has just politely remided me of the fact.
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Thanks anyway

Will look in to a chip I think.
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Will look in to a chip I think.
Paul - from the discussions here in the past there seemed to be two main styles.

(1) something about the size of a mobile phone, which tracks / alerts to movement etc - but not a lot else but for less that 100
(2) something a wee bit bigger - but with alarm circuit loops - which would send you a message if someone opened a locker etc. Given that theft of small items is part of your problem this might be more attractive. If they take the whole boat it will still track the location etc too. Cost was about 200ish IIRC. Not sure how close you are to the boat (and you may not want to post that publicly) so whether you would be able to respond quick enough to catch somone read handed.
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(2) something a wee bit bigger - but with alarm circuit loops - which would send you a message if someone opened a locker etc. Given that theft of small items is part of your problem this might be more attractive. If they take the whole boat it will still track the location etc too. Cost was about 200ish IIRC.
That sounds like the Yacht Sentinel, 299.00.

The designer (UK product) came on here and got some good feedback about his product.

Not sure if it would cope with the environment under the cowel, but it is certainly worth looking at as an engine specific tracker does not exist yet.
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Saw an add yesterday for one made for motorbikes
http://www.superbike.co.uk/news/road...ws_290555.html

Think it was 299 plus monthly subscription.
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Still can't help feeling there's a lot of way over-priced product out there...60 bought me a match box sized device that can tell you where it is and/or tells you if it's stepped out of an area and/or tells you if it's on the move etc etc...

It doesn't link in to an alarm but for 60 and no monthly fee...
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Still can't help feeling there's a lot of way over-priced product out there...60 bought me a match box sized device that can tell you where it is and/or tells you if it's stepped out of an area and/or tells you if it's on the move etc etc...

It doesn't link in to an alarm but for 60 and no monthly fee...
That sounds good mate. Where to buy?
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