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A member of our club has one of these. GPS GPRS Tracker | eBay with a Pay-As-You-Go SIM. He says it's brilliant, no running costs other than a very small battery drain.

Info he posted on our club site.
"You can set it to alert you by sms if the unit moves 200yds from where you left it - handy, but remember to switch that feature off before you take the boat out, or you end up getting alerted you are out and about (this is switched off and on by txt message command).

You can even wire in to the engine and send a command to open a relay to stop a fuel pump of similar and remotely disable the engine - i think that is a bit much of a risk to go wrong on a boat!

When you txt it - it advises you of location coordinates, speed, direction etc and you get a link to a Google map showing the position!

You can also ask it about battery voltage, gps and cellular signal strength. Ask me tonight and I'll show you the communications on my phone.

As it uses any pay as you go sim, it costs up to 10p per text - depending on tariff and you must use it every 180 days or you can loose any credit on the account and \or sim is disabled. Ensure you get the right PAYG package - not a top up monthly one!"
 
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Thanks for that, it seems to good to be true, these things were costing a few hundred quid a few years ago. Surely if they can put one into my iphone they could fit them to every new car/ bike/boat as standard.
 

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I had one of these GPRS/GPS trackers. It died in short time...I reckon vibration killed it!

After that I fitted a Garmin GTU 10. Fine little unit. Approx €40 a year for the service.

My little engine was stolen. I was not notified when the unit left its Geofence - no email (I thought I was set for text too, but not...another story).

Garmin had nothing to say other than that they could not tell why the unit did not notify me unless they had the unit to test! (Nice one Sherlock....the unit was stolen with my engine)
All fine and well but I am down one engine.
I would not hold much faith in these units yet.
 
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