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Old 01 September 2003, 15:21   #1
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Earlier in the year Garygee offered us a tracker system for a few hundred quid. Every one, except me, backed off after the initial interest and this made the system financially unviable. Well, there are now 5 people this season who, I bet, wished they had one fitted. Just dial an SMS text and the GPS onboard would tell you exactly where you boat is. Perhaps some folk would now like to reconsider. Seems good value for not too much money. If Garygee is still able to supply, of course.
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Old 01 September 2003, 16:29   #2
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It's a god point you are making, and Although I wasn't originally involved I did think it was a good idea, and I would be interested in a couple,

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Old 01 September 2003, 17:17   #3
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Good. If a few folk post interest and Garygee doesn't read this, I attempt to contact him.
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I see he's been online this evening, so it probably won't be necessary.
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A very good point, I also had nothing to do with that but since having one pinched think they are great and am investing in them myself.

If anyone is interested I am buying all the tracking gear so can supply the units.

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Interesting. Tell us exactly what you are planning.
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Jwalker, I run a small business and part of it is hiring out a couple of ribs and other machinery for commercial work.

I looked at a tracker system, and thought at 600 - 800 the price was a bit hefty as I would need more than one system and the gear isnt on hire all the time.

I am still interested, but I have found a company (followus.co.uk) that offer a service that tracks your mobile online.

Whilst the accuracy isnt as good as GPS / GSM setups, it can still get the position down to a few hundred metres, it can be done online and very cheaply (about a pound a go or less). Also with repetitive hits you can triangulate the position down further.

I am giving this system a go, really more for interests sake before I commit myself but I think that the accuracy may be good enough to locate a rib in a marina or in someones driveway etc.

It would be interesting to see if anyone else has any experience with this.
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I have just been sent an outline of a product and service that is provided by my marina (MDL).
It is called Harbormaster MK11 and mentions a company called Beacon Marine. Unfortunately a product brochure was not enclosed. However it will be demanstrated on Stand E74 at the S'ton boat Show and appears to provide all that is mentioned above plus more. As you might expect it is piggin expensive. 995 plus plus plus for various addon bits.
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I came across this system some while ago which may be of interest:

http://mytrakm8.com/products/trakm8/
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Neville, keep us up to date on your findings.
Where abouts are you?
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Fair to say this is a good idea.
Be careful tho I looked into this a while back and most were either Radio Controlled Landbased systems - no good offshore, or satelite based ones which are useless in a container or building. More to the point where on a boat can you hide the unit?
I know some construction plant hire companies fit a modified hybrid system from a UK supplier.

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Try http://www.tracker-network.co.uk/plant_svrs_set.htm
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