Originally Posted by neilda
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.
I think it would. The "cheap" trackers people are talking about are the size of a mobile phone, i.e. smaller than a fag packet. And can do most of that. I.e. trigger if moved, if above a certain speed etc. and can feedback position (to web or phone). So the only "difference" is the ability to turn off the engine or sound the horn etc. Thats very simple electronics although given that most boats/engines are nicked on land its not essential (and the risk of it accidentaly leaving you stranded somewhere may be worse).
I'm sure I could hide a tracker somewhere on my engine and its only small - but not sure if it would still be able to see the sky (1) during normal use (2) if on its side in the back of a van - which is presumably necessary for the GPS functions to work. At the moment I would guess that only a tiny fraction of boats, and an even smaller number of engines are tracked so thieves aren't even going to be looking for a tracker. That may change of course.