An electronic security system will monitor, safeguard and track your boat.
Electronic onboard security systems from companies such as GOST and Siren Marine can go well beyond alerting if your boat is moved. They can be customized to inform you about the status of the batteries, bilge water, bilge pumps, shore power and more. They can also be tied into motion and vibration sensors to tell you if someone is tampering with your boat while you are away from it. Additional sensors/relays let you control elements such as lights and the bilge pump. If your boat is stolen, the same systems can track the vessel’s location.
A security product such as the Siren Marine MTC monitoring and tracking system with a built-in
GPS and global cellular service will work on a boat of any size, type or age, regardless of whether it is kept in the water, on a trailer or in dry storage. Here’s how to install one on a 21-foot-6-inch fiberglass center console boat. —Jim Hendricks