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Fitting GPS Tracker

Has anyone experience fitting a GPS tracker to their boat. Can you fit one to the Vodia diagnostic connector on a Volvo Penta engine or is there a better place to fit one so that it can be powered?
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Re: Fitting GPS Tracker

A little more detail about what you are considering would help. A car or dog tracker or a Spot type device?
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Re: Fitting GPS Tracker

I was thinking about a car type tracker. I wonder if one can be fitted to the Vodia connection on my Volvo Penta Engine?
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Re: Fitting GPS Tracker

I'm not familiar with the vodia connection, but I wouldn't think it would be that hard to find a hot terminal somewhere and run a small wire with a fuse to power the tracker. Your bilge pump power supply should be hot when the boat is unattended. How 'bout that wire?
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Re: Fitting GPS Tracker

A "tracker" just needs power, and proprietary engine connectors are totally irrelevant.

Unless you're trying to do something special, forget everything except connecting the power leads from the tracker to the battery.
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Re: Fitting GPS Tracker

Thanks for the input. Looks like it will be simpler to avoid the engine connection and simply attach the power lead directly to the battery via a fused switch or alternatively use the bilge pump switch on the power consule?
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