Posted by: SpaceCadet on Apr-01-14 10:13 AM (EST) Category: Other Gear
I am an intern at a nature center and have been tasked with creating a watercraft program for our canoes and kayaks.
In the past, we have had issues with our equipment being stolen. We are a small organization and we don't always have staff on the property to watch the canoes and kayaks. While they are locked down, crafty thieves have found one way or another to get to them.
My question is, is there any sort of GPS tracking hardware that can be used in canoes and kayaks? Something fairly small that could be put under the stern seat. It would be preferable if each unit was $100 or less.
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Posted by: OptiMystic on Apr-01-14 12:10 PM (EST)
Posted by: danwolfgang on Apr-01-14 3:00 PM (EST)
These kind of phone tracking device things are becoming more popular. Several options: http://postscapes.com/wireless-key-locators
none that I know of|
Posted by: Peter-CA on Apr-01-14 12:14 PM (EST)
There aren't any that I know of. You not only need as GPS, but you need something that communicates (by cell phone or similar) where it is. And need a way to keep it charged.
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Posted by: SpaceCadet on Apr-01-14 12:59 PM (EST)
Yeah we actually put stickers on our boats, though it was after the thefts and the end of the paddle season last year and we haven't had a chance to see if it dissuades theft. I guess I'm just pessimistic and think that this isn't going to stop an enterprising criminal. If you say that this is pretty typical policy and seems to work, then perhaps I will just have to wait and see.
not GPS tracking, but|
Posted by: andy on Apr-01-14 1:26 PM (EST)
how about giving the boats a unique paint job or just stenciling your organization's name and phone number in large characters with strong color contrast to hull? Also in smaller, hidden location. Have pictures on file for each so if one does go astray you can share with local cops and community. Might help on insurance claim if not recovered.
Posted by: SpaceCadet on Apr-01-14 3:04 PM (EST)
Good point about the insurance claim.
Was it on this site in the past year|
Posted by: Shirlann on Apr-01-14 4:58 PM (EST)
that told of a vendor (?) who had began placing gps chips in/on their boats? It seems I read about that somewhere.
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Posted by: shiraz627 on Apr-02-14 5:48 AM (EST)