The Vigil Geo is a compact GPS tracking and monitoring device that sends text messages to your mobile phone if your boat moves outside a geo-fence radius, is tampered with, water enters the bilge or the batteries get low.
It plots the boat’s position on Google Earth and includes a kill-switch function. It has no external antenna and can run off the boat’s battery,
shore power or a solar panel, as well as its standby rechargeable lithium ion battery. It sells for $349. Vigil Marine, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., (954) 302-3222. www.vigilmarineco.com
This article originally appeared in the August 2011 issue.