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....When they get WiFi in the next 2-years-- I can modify this system to accomodate as long at the bandwidth can sustain the requirements of whatever system I choose......
I think you're wise to explore cell networks. Most marina wifi with either have passwords or will auto expire connections, without activity. Both can be beat, but its more complicated than a cell network you essentially control yourself.

I hear you on the trust issues. I prefer raisin, by the way. However, you should be able to get local references and a computer can't actually stop by to take care of whatever your monitoring system may tell you is wrong. You may need to trust someone anyway. Further, after you buy all this stuff and pay the monthly cell network fee, a human may not be more expensive either.
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Re: Remote Monitoring System for my sailboat

I went with this:
Have had it 4 years with no problems. Note this company McDermott Light and Signal makes equipment used by Commercial Cargo companies- equipment is heavy duty.

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The McDermott Boatsense
Remote Monitoring System™ sends a message to up to 3 cell phones if you have a problem.

Why do you need a remote monitoring system on your boat?

According to the United States Coast Guard 80% of boats that sink or swamp, do so while unattended at the dock or on the mooring. With few exceptions these losses are due to pumps not moving water fast enough or scuppers that have become blocked. Until now boat owners have had to rely on other people or even their own eyes from a distance to monitor the condition of their boat. It is almost impossible to tell if a boat is taking on water before it becomes a problem without physically looking into the bilge and it is absolutely impossible to know if the batteries are getting drained without being there.

What is a remote vessel monitoring system?

A remote vessel monitoring system is any system that will notify a boat owner of problems on their boat while they are not present. These range from friends and neighbors to high end integrated monitoring and control systems.

Monitoring CPU and cell phone transmitter with antenna (included)


What are your remote monitoring options?

There are many extremely complex systems available that will notify you or a central location of many different conditions on your boat. These systems are very expensive to purchase and install and require a high monthly subscription fee.

Why purchase the McDermott Boatsense™ Remote Monitoring System?

The McDermott Boatsense ™ Remote Monitoring System is simple to install, use and is available at a fraction of the cost of more expensive systems. We are able to offer this extremely reliable low cost solution for two reasons. We monitor the most critical conditions, bilge level and battery condition, and we utilize the cell phone that you already have for controlling our system. Additionally we provide inputs for up to three other systems with an audible or visual alarm that you can connect and monitor remotely.

We have eliminated complex local control systems like keypads and screens that fail easily in the harsh conditions experienced in the marine environment. The McDermott Boatsense™ Remote Monitoring System will send a message to up to three cell phones to let you know when you have a problem so that you can take care of it before it becomes a time consuming and costly loss.

We have recently simplified the pricing for Boatsense. The unit includes a one-year subscription for the SMS/GSM network (AT&T / Cingular) cell phone monitoring and requires a three week pre-order.

The unit includes a 4" detachable external antenna and an internal battery monitor. Most customers find it farily straightforward to tie it into their secondary bilge pump system as a way of monitoring their boat water level and pump operations. If you need a bilge water level switch, we recommend the Rule 35A float switch and we would be happy to add one to your order. Please call for pricing.

What does it cost?

Retail: $735.00
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Part Number BSENSEMCD

You can also special order up to 3 other alerts with your Boatsense™ system, including:

Bilge and water level
Tank levels
Temperature (high and low)

Smoke and fire

Intrusion, security and motion

Power and battery level

Gas leaks

Humidity

Location and movement (GPS)

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Call us at 877-621-2628 for more information.

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Re: Remote Monitoring System for my sailboat

Good point on monitoring the possible flooding of the bilge. A lower tech way of dealing with that is to have a flood alarm switch in the bilge and a loud alarm outside in the cockpit. If you are in a marina with any activity at all, someone will get pretty tired of hearing it and call someone.
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Good point on monitoring the possible flooding of the bilge. A lower tech way of dealing with that is to have a flood alarm switch in the bilge and a loud alarm outside in the cockpit. If you are in a marina with any activity at all, someone will get pretty tired of hearing it and call someone.
The above McDermott can be configured to monitor whatever you like, not just bilge water.
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Re: Remote Monitoring System for my sailboat

This company makes a system...

Boat Security, Boat and Yacht Security from Yacht Sentinel | the ultimate security system

Looks like exactly what you want, but its a UK based company I think.
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Update for anyone still looking for this. I went for simple, and matching my priorities: water intrusion, freezing temperatures and power loss (which can cause the other two).

All from Amazon: HomeSitter ($80), Xlink Bluetooth gateway ($40), old cellphone ($0), plus a battery-backed power source for the Xlink (UPS or 12v to 9v adapter). I also pay $10/month for "monitoring", which is the cost of the extra cell phone line for the boat.

If power is out for more than an hour, or there is water in the bilge or if the temperature drops below 45, or the batteries are weak, I get a phone call on my cell phone, home and work until I fix it or disable the callback.

Not perfect, but good.
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Re: Remote Monitoring System for my sailboat

Wireless Boat Monitoring - Yacht Watchman

This does if all and wirelessly.
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