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Old 02 May 2002, 16:59   #11
Country: UK - England
Town: Portishead, Bristol
Boat name: "
Make: Ribcraft, Cowes Mari
Length: 5m +
Engine: Mercury 90hp 4-strok
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I saw at a recent caravan & boat show a device that basicly contained a GPS and phone module - you concealed it somewhere in you car/boat/caravan and you communicated to it via SMS over your mobile

To find out the location simply SMS your boat a code and it would SMS back its Lat and Long (Why isn't this fitted to SoC!)

Here's the important bit...
When you leave your car/boat you SMS it another code - it then sets up an "electronic fence" say .5 mile around the vehicle. If it is moved outside this area without being deactivated (by SMS) it will SMS you with an alarm and its current Lat and Long

Ring the police - tell them where it is and hey presto - you get your boat back!

This system only notifies you - it does not contact a control centre

Cost was in the 700 range - but with no annual fee


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Old 02 May 2002, 17:03   #12
Country: UK - Wales
Town: Aberystwyth
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Or if you can't afford a tracker, sit under whatever covers the RIB whilst holding a shotgun, that should act as a nice deterrent.

But the tracker idea sounds good. So yeah, it's gonna drain the battery, but if you can easily get to the place once a week or so, you can charge the battery up regularly. Or perhaps getting it painted white and blue, and stencil the word "Police" onto the tubes might make them think twice, but you never know.

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Old 03 May 2002, 08:14   #13
Country: Denmark
Town: Copenhagen
Boat name: Nemesis
Make: CAPE 79
Length: 8m +
Engine: Suzuki 250 4 stroke
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Do you know what the name of this davice was, or where there is more info on it.

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Old 03 May 2002, 11:33   #14
Country: UK - Scotland
Town: Highlands
Boat name: Quicksilver
Make: Quicksilver
Length: 3m +
Engine: Mariner 15hp
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Hi folks

Check out the 'Ribs Reported Stolen section. There are two stolen ribs there and they have not had many 'views' yet!

Do your bit and keep your eyes open.

Keith (keep 'em peeled) Hart

With appologies to Shaw Taylor

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