Mailport: May 2013
I just purchased a product that is intended for home use but works perfectly as a boat leak sensor. Sky Link offers a remote-sensing water-leak detector for use with water heaters, washing machines, and the like. A waterproof sender is activated if water makes contact, and the sender is wired to a small transmitter that sends a signal up to 300 feet to a receiver that is connected via 12 volt to an AC-DC adapter plugged into a wall outlet.
This is an ideal system for those of us who have our boats docked at home. My sloop is docked about 200 feet from the house, and the Sky Link receiver is located in the house near a window. The sensor is mounted in the bilge with the transmitter located on a bulkhead. In tests, the unit performed perfectly.
The Sky Link Water Alert System (WA-318) costs $18.49 online—certainly cheap boat leak insurance.
Gary A. Gerber
Morgan 33 and Beneteau 41