Whereas in the 1980s and 1990s, boat theft was a very limited phenomenon (in Italy, one or two boats were reported every year), the last decade has seen a proliferation of the phenomenon. Whereas in the past it was mainly tenders and outboard motors that were stolen, now boats are also stolen.
Anti-theft systems to defeat specialised thieves
In addition to the many ‘accidental’ boat thieves, i.e. those who take possession of a boat for a few days (in some cases, even just a few hours) and use it for illegal transports, such as drugs, illegal immigrants and weapons, in recent years a very specific figure has emerged, that of the specialised and organised boat thief.
One way to make life difficult for boat thieves is to equip your boat with an alarm system (preferably a satellite one, perhaps using a company that can offer boat tracking via the Internet).
And if you really want to do more and keep your boat under control at all times, you should know that a growing market in recent years is that of systems that allow you to monitor your boat remotely or otherwise.
What does that mean? It means not only knowing that you are safe in port by checking your GPS position, but also that everything is in order on board and that there are no anomalies of any kind (suspicious temperatures, water leaks in the bilge).
We present 6 market novelties among anti-theft and remote monitoring systems for your boat.
While “home automation” used to be the business of large yachts, it is now possible to create a reliable system that can be used on a smaller boat.
Nauticoncept / Nauticsafe
Thanks to the Nauticsafe smart sensor system, the owner constantly monitors the condition of his boat. Notifications are sent to his phone to allow him to be informed of everything that happens on his boat and, therefore, to be able to react immediately accordingly. The owner is informed of any maintenance carried out on the boat. Thanks to Nauticoncept you can be in direct contact with your boat and check: engine battery; engine hours; water presence probe on 2 levels; temperature probe on board; engine theft alarm; impacts and heeling on deck; geolocation.
San Giorgio SEIN / UNS10191 e UNS10193
The first is a compact monitoring and control system designed to measure the main engine parameters. It offers a 4.3″ touch screen display. A selection of analogue inputs and digital outputs allows direct acquisition of measurement sensors without additional converters.
The UNS10193 is specially designed for marine, professional and leisure applications. It offers a 7″ touchscreen display with integrated ambient light sensor and software designed for visibility in all conditions. A selection of analogue inputs and digital outputs allows direct acquisition of measurement sensors without additional signal converters. Two CANBus J1939 ports, (one NMEA2000 compatible), can be used to interface with multifunctional navigation systems.
Siren Marine / Siren 3 Pro
With Siren 3 Pro, through an easy-to-use app and a range of sensors, you can control and manage your boat’s functions anytime, anywhere, 24/24, thanks to optional global cellular and satellite connectivity: lights, electrics, bilges, temperature and more!
IoT Marine as well as acting as a security system supporting various sensors such as smoke, temperature, intrusion, it can also provide monitoring of battery voltages, bilges and AC power. You will receive SMS notifications in case of anomalies.
Sentinel Marine / Sentinel
Sentinel has focused on simplicity: once the control unit and sensors are placed on board, the system automatically recognises sensors and voltages. Again, you can monitor intrusions, movements, water in the bilge, battery and engine status, etc.
Garmin / EmpirBus
Today, with Garmin and EmpirBus, home automation systems for boats (digital switching) are no longer the preserve of yachts and boatyards. Thanks to a low-cost, customisable plug-and-play kit, you can install a digital switching system on any type of boat: from sailing to motor boats, from bass fishing to deep-sea fishing. In addition, simplifying the electrical system with a digital switching system can significantly reduce costs.