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Old 05 March 2010, 07:13   #1
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Enough is enough, which trade member has a decent tracker?

With our friend losing a big four stroke off the mooring in october, another member losing an outboard from Anglesey this last month.

Rather than having a go with some gps chip that needs setting up with a mobile as per my last thread...all too much hassle and unreliable. Anyone know of a good tested tracker for a moored rib? dont mind paying a monthly fee etc like we do on a classic sports car we have.

With so much money at stake and crappy insurance companies, Im willing to pay the premium.
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Old 05 March 2010, 07:27   #2
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Won't the trackers used on cars work?
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Old 05 March 2010, 07:56   #3
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Won't the trackers used on cars work?
They should do, I've had a few of my cars fitted with tracker devices at the insistence of the insurance companies. However the tracker system does take a constant voltage from the battery and my cars had to be left on a trickle charge if not regularly driven....
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Old 05 March 2010, 08:05   #4
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you could run a solar panel, i could show you how to encase in resin to make it water and tamper proof, providing you don't have to get inside it from time to time
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Old 05 March 2010, 09:02   #5
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cheers for the pm. contact made.
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Old 07 March 2010, 20:43   #6
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Ummmmm……. I have often seen a very nice looking yellow Humber Rib on a mooring outside a pub in very well known north wales waters…… Now I wonder if it has a tracker fitted!

Remember, It’s not only honest Ribnet members who read ribnet!!
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Old 08 March 2010, 12:05   #7
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Paul, I hope you have found what your looking for. I bought the unit direct from China as other tracker post detailed http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=32981 and now I have it set up it seems to do what it says on the unit. Leapy and Knot Yet also have the same unit which is hard wired into boat. Seeing three engines reported stolen today on Forum I wonder what unit can monitor the engine or be tracked if taken?
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Old 08 March 2010, 12:29   #8
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Seeing three engines reported stolen today on Forum I wonder what unit can monitor the engine or be tracked if taken?
I think rather than a dedicated engine tracker which will die shortly after being detached from the boat and therefore battery, it would be better to have a wire in the loom that sets off the boat alarm if disconnected.

You will not be able to track the engine, but you will know the moment it is detached.
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Old 08 March 2010, 13:40   #9
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I think rather than a dedicated engine tracker which will die shortly after being detached from the boat and therefore battery, it would be better to have a wire in the loom that sets off the boat alarm if disconnected.

You will not be able to track the engine, but you will know the moment it is detached.
Although the "mobile phone" style trackers have an integral battery which is kept charged by the main boat battery. So I would expect it to last several hours (I think one of them claims >24 hrs)? after disconnect. Surely you only need to be able to track for about 2 hours after the engine leaves its designated geofence for you to have time to (1) verify its on the move/stolen (2) tell the police and give them the tracking information.
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Old 08 March 2010, 13:59   #10
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Shouldn't we be concentrating on how to make the engines harder to remove.
If you do track the engine what sort of state will it be in when you get it back and who pays for the engine to be reinstated, do you get money back from your insurer if the engine isn't cosmetically perfect?
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