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Old 04 April 2010, 10:08   #31
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Originally Posted by neilda View Post
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.
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Old 04 April 2010, 12:51   #32
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how's de goin der bosses ar yis well?

tell us dis dem space blankits an aunty statik sheets how wud dem tings effekit a gypsy receever i means a GPS receever ift it wuz rappit in wun

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Old 04 April 2010, 17:48   #33
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Originally Posted by Polwart View Post
- 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.
Some tracking units use radio frequency (RF) transmitters which will transmit through walls, garages, or buildings - in addition to GPS.
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Old 05 April 2010, 03:09   #34
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The "cheap" traxcker unit that I got from Xexsun is currently located in my console, I then have the boat stored in a roofed barn. The tracker recieves GPS fine and if I enter the current coordinates into Google Earth it shows the signal is coming from the barn about 15 feet to the left of where the rib is actually located.

I have the "move" alert set so if the rib moves more than 500ft from its current location the tracker sends a TXT to my phone.

The only problem I have is that on my current phone (iPhone) is I can't set a contact specific text alert. On my old phone I set the alert to a siren that would wake the dead when any text from the Boat Tracker came in.

There are various other alerts that you can set such as overspeed, geo fence (same as move really), battery level dropping etc and also there is a slightly larger version that has some other options such as water level, engine cut off etc.

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