Long gone are the days when you had to make an educated guess about how some onboard systems were performing and whether that cranky bilge pump was heading for a total meltdown. Today’s vessel monitoring systems report on just about everything that involves mechanical, electrical, electronic and safety equipment. Some of those systems allow you to control equipment as well or create geofences for security purposes. Below are some of the best that monitor multiple functions. We’ll tell you about more next week.
This is part of an exercise Marine Electronics Journal does every year in our Buyers’ Guide. It works like this: We ask the top manufacturers to identify the one model they produce in a particular category (17 in all) that they consider to be their Best & Brightest—not necessarily the most technically advanced or newest but rather the one they rate highest in the product line for one reason or another. Could be the functions and features it offers, or maybe it breaks new ground in maximizing effectiveness or utility, or maybe it’s the most popular as measured by sales to boaters. Over the past couple of weeks, we rolled out several satellite compasses that manufacturers told us about.
Track, monitor and control switches on your boat from anywhere with the Garmin OnDeck system, a fully integrated remote connectivity solution. The OnDeck hub allows you to monitor your boat’s battery status, bilge activity, security sensors, GPS location and more. Set up alarm notifications in the ActiveCaptain app to get updates of any changes that may threaten your boat. When you’re ready for a day on the water, OnDeck allows you to turn on selected switches remotely. The ActiveCaptain app keeps you connected to your vessel as the GTB 10 hub collects and stores data. The system consists of the GTB 10 OnDeck Hub, door sensor, temperature sensor, shore power sensor and relay switch. A subscription is required.
Compatible with analogue, IP and HD cameras, CMAC combines all of the main elements of a full-featured security and control system into a stylish enclosure, complete with high-end waterproof connectors and wood-effect end caps. The system features digital video recording, alarm management, network and serial data management, and a removable, shockproof hard-drive caddy. The built-in recorder is fully configurable to maximize storage time, allowing users to adjust resolution, frame rate, motion detection parameters and more. CMAC’s HDMI output delivers live, high-definition footage to chartplotters, TVs and dedicated monitors, as well as standard definition devices that are connected via an HDMI to a composite convertor. It can be connected to a boat’s Wi-Fi router enabling all on-board cameras to be viewed on smart phones, tablets or computers.
N2KTracker displays your boat’s position and recent track as well as selected vessel operating parameters on your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet. Create, enable/disable a geofence around your boat so that you or others can be alerted if your boat leaves a specified area (enable/disable notifications via e-mail or SMS text message). N2KTracker’s dashboard function displays stored data from the cloud such as engine hours for maintenance tracking, fuel levels for cost management, engine parameters to ensure proper operational procedures are being followed, or bilge pump runtime to ensure your boat will remain safely afloat. Ideal for single boat or fleet management. Requires onboard internet connection and Maretron’s N2KView and Telemetric Cloud Service subscription.
Siren Marine Siren Fleet
Siren Fleet is a cloud-based fleet management software that allows operators to manage multiple marine assets from one clean, intuitive dashboard. They can monitor precise GPS location, set multiple geofences and receive instant alerts when critical events occur. Detailed event histories give managers the information they need to keep operations running smoothly and efficiently. Siren Fleet provides managers with actionable data through enhanced NMEA 2000
connectivity. On the Siren Fleet dashboard, operators can now monitor each vessel’s engine performance and fuel consumption over any number of hours or days. Users can also synchronize alert thresholds between the Siren Marine mobile app and Siren Fleet portal and manage these alert thresholds for a group of boats or an entire fleet.
Simrad’s BoatConnect gives boat owners peace of mind at an excellent value, keeping users informed of their boat’s location, battery level, trip history and more, anywhere in the world at any time. Delivering important updates on a boat’s status to a compatible smartphone, BoatConnect consists of an easy-to-install hub and an easy-to-use app. Once installed, the solution provides at-a-glance information to enhance the boating experience. Ensuring system reliability, the BoatConnect hub is hard-wired to a vessel’s battery, and in the event of power loss will continue to provide updates for up to five days on internal backup power.