Boat alarm with cellphone warning

BartW

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Looking to fit a new alarm system in the boat,
to detect:
- water in the bilges
- smoke
- burgler
-...
and a warning on my cellphone, so that I can call the marina to check what's going on...

5 floating switches and a smoke detector and cabling are in place, but its an old system, just some leds and a siren, no cellphone connection

anybody advice on usefull unit ?
thanks
 

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Looking to fit a new alarm system in the boat,
to detect:
- water in the bilges
- smoke
- burgler
-...
and a warning on my cellphone, so that I can call the marina to check what's going on...

5 floating switches and a smoke detector and cabling are in place, but its an old system, just some leds and a siren, no cellphone connection

anybody advice on usefull unit ?
thanks

I'd add extinguisher going off to the list.

Guess which one of these I would have valued most :rolleyes:
 

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I've fitted a standard Thatcham rated car alarm that has a numbr of negative and positive 2v inputs that can be used to set off the alarm.. I've then fitted a GPS/SMS Tracker to one of the output triggers which work really well, also allowing me to dial in to the boat and monitor sounds levels if I get an alert... The GPS tracker is setup to monitor movement outside a GPS 'fence' too... Can't fault the setup thus far other than I've had one false alarm but that was sue to leaving the fridge on and the Thatcham alarm detected a supply voltage change... I guess in that sense, it wasn't a false alarm as it alerted me to being a muppet on leaving the boat:D Has an audible 'system armed' notification when leaving the boat and can sensitivity can be set so you'd get an alarm in the marina if someone hits your boat but wont get set off by the normal rolling of the boat against the pontoon.
 

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I use a device that's about the size of a fag packet and holds a sim card (not supplied). It runs on 12VDC and has two pairs of wires that when a pair is shorted sends an SMS to a mobile number of your choice. Each pair sends it's own message. It also has two positive wires that can be made live by sending a specific SMS to the unit. One positive wire will switch on permanently (until a turn off SMS is received) and the other positive will go live momentarily when it receives it's SMS. IIRC it cost about £100 and is intended for use will a car alarm but is ideal for a boat, connected to a float switch or any other sort of trigger you fancy. I haven't got the name with me but If you're interested I'll let you know.
 

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Bart I think there are several of these on the market and the technology is not rocket science so they are all probably similar and good. I use a secret thing that I wouldn't mention on the 'net, plus a www.yacht-sentinel.com as jimmy says. You can set this to text you the boat's position and general status, plus geofence, and an external alarm trigger like a door opening or an alarm activating. But it will not support several different alarm triggers with a unique message for each one. It only supports one or two iirc. Maybe that does not worry you? Support from the (small) firm that makes it is excellent. It will text (up to) 3 mobiles each time there is an alert. That is useful if you are on planes a lot during the week and if you have a local person taking care of the boat

By the way, these things are a good idea. A sq78 was stolen from SoF last year and lost. Believed taken to Black Sea and identity changed. It was taken from La Rague/La Napoule, refueled at San Remo then was not traced again. No GPS tracker or other security devices fitted afaik. Hence, I have a lot of security on my boat, not just GPS tracker!
 
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