About Boat Monitor Why do I need Boat Monitor?
How does Boat Monitor actually work?
That’s an easy one, because there are plenty of great features you will receive from your Boat Monitor!
It provides the information about your boat’s position at any moment. Why should you worry about this? For example, if your boat is being rented, is in a charter management or if moored in a place with no additional security.
Install the magnetic contact sensor and other additional sensors, and Boat Monitor will provide you with a much higher level of security (door alert, bilge alert …).
Boat Monitor provides you with the exact information about your batteries voltage and sends you alerts in case it drops below nominal. So no worries about that either!
Additionally, if connected to NMEA2000 network, you will be able to analyze your navigation data (speed, average speed, wind and current data, etc).
With your Boat Monitor, you can share your routes with friends and family.
What is included in Boat Monitor?
With buying our Boat Monitor you will get a small, 10 x 10 cm device, a wired magnetic sensor and one year subscription plan. The installation is easy. The few simple steps are well described in the manual and you can do it yourself.
After being properly installed, Boat Monitor device can provide data from 1 main battery, 3 extra batteries and from the bilge pump. The device itself provides current, as well as historical data about the routes and the geofence alerts. Boat Monitor comes with a magnetic (contact) sensor, that works as an intrusion detector, providing alerts in case of an unauthorized access to your boat.
If you want more security, there are plenty of add-on sensors available, wired and wireless: bilge water-level sensors, shore power detection, infrared motion sensors, shunt sensor and others. After installing the device, there is one quick final step - the activation: download the Sentinel app from the appstore, scan the QR code on the device, create an account and your device is ready to go. When the device activates, the subscription plan activates automatically, and no additional costs apply.
Which sensors are included with Boat Monitor?
Sentinel Boat Monitor device, one wired magnetic sensor and one year subscription. The device can provide data from 1+3 batteries and the bilge pump, current as well as historical data about the routes (GPS journey log), and geofence alerts. The magnetic sensor can be installed on the windows/doors as an intruder detection sensor.
What can be added to Boat Monitor?
One wired magnetic sensor is already included in Boat Monitor.
Which sensor would you recommend?
There are plenty of sensors that can be added to Boat Monitor: additional magnetic (contact) sensor (door, windows…), infrared motion sensor, bilge water-level sensor, shore power detection, shunt sensor and others.
Where can I buy the additional sensors?
We recommend you the installation of the magnetic (contact) sensor, that works as an intrusion detector, providing alerts in case of an unauthorized access to your boat. This is why this sensor already comes with Boat Monitor.
How precise is the GPS tracking?
Please contact our resellers which you can find on the website.
What is the difference between Boat and Fleet Monitor?
GPS Tracking frequency is dynamic - it depends on whether the boat is turning, going straight or not moving at all. The resulting tracks are very detailed as can be seen in this image:
For performance reasons the points may be slightly sparser when displaying the routes on your computer, phone or tablet. You can download the full track using the "Download GPX" button on any route in the web app.
The following table highlights the main differences between Boat and Fleet Monitor
|Fleet Monitor ||Boat Monitor |
|- Tailored for charter businesses and rental boats |
- Must buy at least 3
- Supports measuring 2 batteries and wired sensors
- Supports report: "Gas station visit"
- Supports 12 V and 24 V batteries
|- Very flexible/module design to fit a broader range of users |
- Supports up to 4 batteries, and sensors, allowing users to upgrade it anytime with new sensors.
- Supports NMEA 2000 network, allowing users to capture data from your boat instruments.
- Supports 12 V, 24 and 48V batteries
Usage and Features How to get started with your new Monitor?
Will Sentinel Boat Monitor use the power from my battery?
- Make sure that you phone or table is connected to Internet
- Dowload the Sentinel app from the App Store or Google Play
- Open the Sentinel application and click on "Scan QR Code"
- Scan the QR code on your new Monitor device
- Follow the steps to Register or Login
- Follow the instuctions in the application to register the device
- The registration should now be complete. After a few minutes (sometimes up to 15mins) the device will start sending data which will be shown in you application.
Will Sentinel Boat Monitor still work if I switch off the battery when leaving the boat?
Yes, but very little. With a 100 Ah battery the Boat Monitor will work more than 6 months (this is without charging it).
How much current does Boat Monitor actually use?
Yes, up to one day. But with Boat Monitor there is no need to switch off the batteries any more, since it will provide you the exact information about the battery voltage and alert you in case the voltage is low.
How many batteries can Boat Monitor measure at the same time?
Boat Monitor consumes 1 Ah during a day of sailing and only 24 mAh while your boat is moored. The impact of Boat Monitor on your boat batteries should not be noticeable.
How will I be alerted in case something happens to my boat?
One main battery and 3 extra batteries, 4 all together.
Where can I get the Sentinel app?
In that case you will receive a mobile push notification. You should be logged-in to the Sentinel app and have access to WiFi or 3G/4G.
× How can I connect the app with the device?
Is it possible to share my routes on social media?
Use the smartphone or tablet to scan the QR code on the Boat Monitor, and follow the instruction on screen. The process should only take you a moment.
Sure, you can easily share your past or current routes with your friends and family via e-mail or on your social media.
Support Who will install my Boat Monitor and sensors?
Is there customer support available in case I’ll have any additional questions regarding my Boat Monitor or the installation?
It’s very easy to install the Boat Monitor yourself following the steps in the Installation guide. For installing optional wired sensors we recommend that you seek professional assistance.
Of course, we have a 24/7 support service. Please, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call +385 91 33 55 66 7. We aim to reply within a few hours.
Pricing Is the subscription mandatory to start using my Boat Monitor?
Which countries are covered by the subscription?
Yes. By activation the device you automatically activate the subscription plan (included subscription covers the first year of usage).
What does the subscription cover?
Depending on the subscription plan you chose your device will work in different areas, as shown in the map below.
Worldwide coverage (including EU)
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom
- Congo (Dem. Rep.)
- France Caraibe
- Hong Kong
- Korea Rep.
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- United Arab Emirates
- United States
Can I switch the subscription plans?
The entire service, you have zero additional costs. What about the next year? You will easily renew the subscription in the online shop.
Yes. For the first year you are already covered, and for the future we are working on offering you monthly plans as well.
About Sentinel Wifi Does Boat Monitor offer me Internet access?
What do I get from Sentinel WiFi?
No, but you can buy our Sentinel WiFi.
How much will Internet browsing via Sentinel WiFi cost me?
A WiFi router and Internet access.
Depends on your region. Please, contact us.