Vesper Marine’s free deckWatch app sends collision avoidance and other alerts to Android Wear 2 smart watches. Any boat that has a Vesper WatchMate Vision ($1,249) or XB-8000 ($799) smartAIS transponder can use the app to send alerts to an Android Wear 2 device. An anchor watch feature lets users tap the smart watch to mark the location of the deployed anchor, and deckWatch sends an alert to the watch if the anchor drags. If a crewmember falls overboard and activates an MOB device from any manufacturer, an audible alarm sounds on the smartAIS transponder and is displayed on the watch with continuously updated bearing and range to the swimmer. Download the app at https://www2.vespermarine.com/.
This article originally appeared in the January 2017 issue.