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Old 03 April 2010, 05:22   #21
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Are trackers any good for the outboard?
i realise they wont stop it getting nicked but might aid recovery

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Old 03 April 2010, 05:56   #22
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Are trackers any good for the outboard?
i realise they wont stop it getting nicked but might aid recovery

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Unfortunately tracker systems rely on a constant trickle of power - so it would work for an entire boat, but I can't see it being used to track an engine once removed from a boat. Space looks moderately tight within most outboards too, so if a tracker could be fitted it would be seen very quickly.
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Old 03 April 2010, 06:06   #23
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The way I look at things like this is that you'll never be able to stop the thieving B$6terds from nicking your pride and joy, if they want it they'll have it! So this makes having right insurance extremely important. It's a pain in the ass when you have to claim but if it means that I can sleep at night and not have to worry 24/7 then it's gotta be a good thing.....Yes?
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Unfortunately tracker systems rely on a constant trickle of power - so it would work for an entire boat, but I can't see it being used to track an engine once removed from a boat. Space looks moderately tight within most outboards too, so if a tracker could be fitted it would be seen very quickly.
The cheap phone based ones do have an internal battery that gets charged from the boat. How long that lasts whilst trying to get a GPS signal in the back of a van / lockup and SMSing back the data is a matter that has been discussed here in the past. But got to be better than nothing - perhaps someone with a tracker could test it? does mean you'll need a live feed from the battery to te engine when in storage though.
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The cheap phone based ones do have an internal battery that gets charged from the boat. How long that lasts whilst trying to get a GPS signal in the back of a van / lockup and SMSing back the data is a matter that has been discussed here in the past. But got to be better than nothing - perhaps someone with a tracker could test it? does mean you'll need a live feed from the battery to te engine when in storage though.
24 hours and you would get the first text about 500 meters from where the engine was nicked from.

Some of the more advanced ones would even text you to tell you that the power had been cut. I think they can also be set up to "Fry" the EMM if you really want to piss on their bonfire however lets be honest its doing you any favours either.
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New solutions may be arriving

I spoke to some guys at a recnt show with tracker options and we spoke about an engine/outboard facility which I believe they are about to release so may be worth keeping an eye on them. One of their directors has a RIB at Southampton Dry stack so know what we are looking for.
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I have not seen the kit or know what it does but certainly a new solution may be on the way
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How much of a discount do you get from insurance companies by fitting a tracking system?
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How much of a discount do you get from insurance companies by fitting a tracking system?
None if its not approved by them.
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Old 04 April 2010, 08:47   #30
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I have a tracker on one of my cars, the insurance company insisted on it and there was no discount (either fit it or don't take our insurance). It does have a small back-up battery, however it needs constant power and is always on a trickle charge in the garage.

It will email, text and phone if the car is tampered with, moved, driven over a certain speed limit etc. I can also disable the car through the web interface (turn the engine off, sound the horn, flash the lights). There is a also a live mapping facility showing where the car is 24/7.

I doubt any of this would be available from a device that would fit on an outboard in addition there is the problem of putting it somewhere that wouldn't be spotted.

The manufacturers ought to be trying to find a solution to this - it would not be beyond their wit to fit a tracker deep in the engine somewhere (encased in the leg somewhere perhaps) and being recharged when the engine is run and supplied with voltage through the engines electrical circuit. I guess a power pack could be left on the boat to supply power.....

I can imagine how deeply irritating it would be to have an engine stolen and the boat vandalised to remove it.
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