SeaKey v2, a field report

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

4 Responses

  1. Drew Clark says:

    Ben, SeaKey looks impressive indeed, but this is kinda what I was hoping to do with my new SPOT: an inexpensive way to know where my boat is and what it’s doing when I am not there. I know, SPOT is “transmit” only and does seem to lack an essential feature which I am hopeful will be added soon – the ability to set up an event or trigger that could send a “I am here” position without having to be physically co-resident with the device. If I had this, plus a way to connect into ship’s power and maybe an external antenna, I’d be almost there.
    Any idea if the SPOT folks are looking at moving this way, or am I going to have to hope that the hacker community will find this an interesting challenge?

  2. ysnw says:

    Paradox Marine has a marine alarm and monitoring system called Magellan that has many of the same monitoring features as well as a geofence feature. It uses a small inmarsat antenna so the cell problems shouldn’t be an issue. It is an easy to install boat monitoring solution. I have no affiliation but it is definitely a product that deserves a review.

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Does anyone know if Seakey is still in business? A Panbo reader sent this in:
    “I had to send my unit back for second time. Three weeks later have not heard anything. Last website update 2006. The website still shows my unit boat sensor monitors are active !?! But it is supposedly on a workbench at sea key tech support. Are they still in business? Calling gets you an answering service with promise of a callback. Have not seen any news items since your fine article some years back. Am I the only subscriber left? Thank you.”

  4. Anonymous says:

    Update, I called seakey at least once a week since July. Always get an answering service who states:is this an emergency, I answer no, I am checking on the status of my seakey unit you. Have had for nearly three months. Their answer; you are on our operators list to call back, result is that i never get a call back.

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