SeaKey v2.0 is major upgrade from the original, adding an LCD interface and two-way Orbcomm satellite communications. However, the goals remains the same: to connect boaters underway with a call center able to both handle emergencies and deliver concierge service, plus provide geo-fence security and simple monitoring of bilge level and main battery bank when you’re ashore. You can even send e-mails (though short and hard to key in), and SeaKey subscribers get a personal Web site where friends and family can follow your cruises. Stolen boats have been recovered using the same tracking technology, which is one reason why some insurers offer a SeaKey discount. The service costs $30 a month, and the $2,667 hardware package includes a GPS, battery backup, and SOS button. When comparing SeaKey v2.0 to the Marine Magellan package below, note SeaKey’s dedicated call center versus Magellan’s more extensive, and wireless, sensor network.
This article originally appeared in the June 2007 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.