okay i know what the spot does. i know what says it can do.
what i want to know is several ?'s
how well does it work from inside the boat?
i know the battery life in track mode is not great but do they make or could some one make an adapter to run it from ships power?
how accurate is it in the track mode... 50, 100, 200 feet?
what i want to do is to put a spot on my boat while its on anchor in track mode. then be able to check the web track to see if its dragging. currently when the boat is anchored i check it 2 or 3 times daily to see if its moving. if i could drop that to once a day it would be nice.
gtob i am about 3/4 miles from the boat when i am home. i am surrounded on 3 sides by marinas so a drag normally means i get tied up. i dont have a problem with dragging but i am over careful.
even better would be a screw mooring but i cant find them local for a good price ( diy ones ). and shipping is a killer on something 8 feet long. i can set a mooring where i anchor, so that would be the best. and its what i plan on doing as soon as i can
Scotty, the SPOT is designed as a one-shot device, essentially the batteries will last maybe one week and you've got to manually press the button at least once a day. In order to do what you want to do, you'll have to go out to the boat every day, rain and shine especially rain, and change the batteries at least once a week. And IIRC it prefers Lithium AA's, which may be something like $10 for a four-pack. Or, you can hack into it, totally voiding the warrranty, to apply an external power source and a daily trigger to push the "track" button. Easy enough to do--if you're into electronics.
OTOH devices likethe zoombak already are built for vehicle use and constant use and the geofencing is including in their firmware load. (Geofencing being the standard term for "anchor watch" and similar.)
100 yards is tighter than you think. You've got a normal swing on your anchor or mooring, that might exceed fifty feet. Then there's a normal fluctuation in GPS, even with WAAS GPS, which I don't know if either unit uses. If you want to pin the locaiton down tighter than 100 yards, expect false alarms. Or, a SEAL team laser-targeting a Predator drone on it.
and yes i know about 1 anchor, i use 2, and have been on the hook for most of the last 14 months when not sailing. the whole reason that i have gotten away with it is due diligence of checking it alot.
but thats not the reason for this thread.
i was wondering if the spot could do what i want and it cant so i wont get it for this purpose
used for 2-1/2 weeks on a Nova Scotia sail, one set lithium batteries still good. I doubt accurate enough. Yes view of sky necessary.
On a different topic, I have found the SPOT Adventures website setup lacking. You can only post your trip after it is complete.