The marine version of the Paradox Magellan wireless security and monitoring system is earning a good reputation with boaters and insurance writers. Now the original developer, Edgewater Technologies, has further focused itself by becoming Paradox Marine and improving the system’s shore connection. While WiFi and cellular may work fine for a cruiser’s online needs, the range and reliability of even a limited satellite connection is better for safety and security messages. Thus instead of an automated GSM cellular modem, the new Magellan Platinum package comes with a compact Nav-Tracker combination GPS and satellite communicator. I tested this same basic hardware/service package as the stand-alone Satamatics Sat-101, and I can attest to how efficiently and reliably this nearly worldwide Inmarsat D transceiver works. With the Nav-Tracker integrated into the $4,000 Platinum package—which includes easy-to-install door, motion, bilge, battery, and other sensors—a boater (and his/her predefined surrogates) will be called not only about security breaches, low voltage, high water, etc., but also if his/her yacht leaves a predetermined area. You’ll also get a comforting daily e-mail report and be able to let friends track your cruising via your private Marine Magellan Web site.
This article originally appeared in the July 2007 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.