Fort Lauderdale, Florida (USA) – A 34-foot Contender equipped with the Nav-Tracker 2.0 wireless boat location and GPS tracking system from GOST, stolen from Marsh Harbor in the Bahamas around midnight last Wednesday (September 17) local time, was located by the system and recovered in the vicinity by the US Coast Guard about 12 hours later.
When a Nav-Tracker 2.0 transmitter is mounted discreetly on a boat, a wireless ‘fence’ with a 500-meter range is created. If a boat is moved outside of this fence, Nav-Tracker 2.0 uses Inmarsat based GPS satellite technology to monitor a boat’s location and notify up to four people by email and/or text message every 15 minutes with the latitude/longitude, speed, heading and distance to the closest city.
As many as 27,000 boats are stolen annually and the odds of recovery are only about 1 in 10, according to the International Association of Marine Investigators. “Alarms and other deterrents are not enough. However, with a Nav-Tracker on board, if your boat is stolen, you’ll have a much better chance of getting it back,” said Jay Keenan, GOST Vice President of Marketing.
The message transmitted from Nav-Tracker 2.0
on board the Contender when it was stolen would have been similar to this:
Message From Nav-Tracker 2.0
Asset: M/Y Island Time
Date/Time: 2006-07-25 15:06:28 (EDT)
Event: Geo-fence breached;
Location: 26.05767,-80.1303.3 (0.75 mi NE of Hollywood, FL 33019)
Speed/heading: 9.2 Knots, 144 deg
Google Earth Map: [KML]
Some insurance companies now require GPS tracking devices to be installed on certain types of boats, including high performance boats and boats with triple high-horsepower outboards.
For more information about Nav-Tracker 2.0 and other GOST boat security, monitoring and tracking products, visit www.gostglobal.com or call 1+(954) 565-9898.
GOST – 3403 NW 9th Avenue – Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309
Product News release prepared by Home Port Marine Marketing.