Siren Marine and SPOT offer security systems for tracking and monitoring that come with additional subscription-based support. Siren’s Pixie ($499) and Sprite ($599) monitor voltage, bilge-water levels, entry points and ambient temperature, and come with a tamper sensor. They also create a virtual geo-fence around the vessel. Subscriptions cost $180 a year or $17.97 a month, and a variety of accessories are available.
SPOT, which has popularized personal satellite messaging, also offers its Hug product, which monitors and tracks your vessel, and can alert a third-party professional for on-water assistance. SPOT’s service also notifies local authorities, and allows users to send OK and SOS messages.
The system costs $449.99. Monitoring costs $149.99 a year; add $49.99 a year for tracking.
Whether fishing takes you to remote locations or you just want protection from ordinary dangers or onboard breakdowns, an immobilizer or monitoring system might save you angst, time and money.
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