That ringing you’re hearing isn’t just in your ears.
Having a smoke detector on your boat does more than let you know when dinner is ready. A centralized system can alert you to problems in areas that tend to be out of sight (and out of mind). The sooner the problem is announced, the sooner you can find a solution. Fireboy sells networked alarm and extinguishing systems that first alert you to a problem and then, if it’s a fire in your engine room (or other enclosed space up to 3,000 cubic feet), put it out quickly. The extinguishing systems use gas as opposed to dry chemicals, which can leave a messy residue. And by squelching the fire quickly, you’ll have less damage and a much easier clean-up job. The company also offers monitoring systems for as many as six zones.
The C-Pod security and monitoring system from Cobra alerts you to the presence of an intruder or other onboard disturbances via your choice of e-mail or text message. Combining motion and magnetic sensors with a global reach, you’ll never have to wonder what’s happening on your boat.
Though fire may seem to be the biggest threat onboard your vessel due to the extensive damage it can cause, there are other threats you need to consider. Sea-Fire’s FireStop system addresses them by offering smoke- and fire-alarm systems that can be expanded to also detect heat and
carbon monoxide. The potentially
life-saving devices can monitor as many as four zones, each of which is marked on the system’s control panel and activates individually.
This article originally appeared in the December 2011 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.