Chandlery August 2008 Issue

Boatsense Simplifies Remote Monitoring

Unit uses cell signals to relay status reports.

From the weekend sailor whose boat is stored a few miles away to the full-time cruiser heading inland for a few days of exploring, we all wonder just what our boat is up to while we’re away. Is it sinking at the dock? Has some wiring MacGyver-ism started a fire? Did the mooring bridle fail, or is some miscreant breaking in to steal that new radio? There are a number of boat monitoring systems available to help soothe the worried mind of a nervous boat owner. However, high initial costs and monthly service fees combine to make many of them too expensive for the average sailor to swallow. Maine Maritime Academy graduates David Jacques and Russel Sirois aim to change that with their remote vessel-monitoring service, "Boatsense." "Boatsense has eliminated the complex network of satellites, technicians, keypads, and screens that fail in the harsh marine environment," Jacques explained. "All you need with Boatsense is the cell phone you already own."

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