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MattsCraft
10-31-2008, 01:43 PM
I had the unfortunate experience of a break in on my boat!:mad: Right out from underneath my nose in my driveway a couple weeks back. Took one power amp, did not take the second:confused: or any boards, which are worth a lot more $$$. The worst part is they just cut the wires, hopefully I will have enough length to install the replacement amp. I have since put in two motion sensing security cameras with audible warnings, $100 each at SAM's. http://www.smart-guard.net/

I still don't feel comfortable, searched a long time for a system, and decided on this alarm:

http://www.boatalarm.com/skiboatalarms.html

I talked with Ken Murray (Rep), great guy, fantastic customer service, he even gave me his cell and hm phone number in case I have any problems with the installation.:D You just don't find that kind of service much anymore. I will post some pics after I get it installed and update how well the systems works when completed.

Matt

P.S. - I have only been an MC owner since June, this forum is just the best:cool:

wakeX2wake
10-31-2008, 02:13 PM
great news... i know Skeeler was looking into possibly rigging up his own system like the one you mentioned... good call and thanks for the heads-up on this product... we have a LOT of money invested in the sound systems and other toys in out boats... what about the afford-ability factor?

vision
10-31-2008, 07:26 PM
http://www.boatalarm.com/skiboatalarms.html

I have this system. Easy install instructions. Take you time on the install and plan your wires. I run the power straight off the power and ground to my amps. Works great. Can be customized. Not expensive ($300-$400) and it is loud and will get your attention when it goes off. Ken is quite helpful.

I used one floor sensor and two hatch sensors, one for the front stereo access area and one where for the hatch (seat) over the batteries.

Just need to make sure your battery does not run out of charge.

MattsCraft
11-01-2008, 10:09 AM
??? Vision, will the battery hold enough charge through the winter months?

bigmac
11-01-2008, 10:19 AM
??? Vision, will the battery hold enough charge through the winter months?I'll bet not, and once that battery gets below about 75% charge, sulfation of the plates begins and the battery's lifespan is shortened. Drain it more than that and you will toast it completely, not to mention the fact that it can freeze if not charged.

If you have power nearby, keep a float charger/maintainer on it and all those problems are solved.

vision
11-01-2008, 11:43 AM
??? Vision, will the battery hold enough charge through the winter months?

I agree with Bigmac that keeping your battery on a battery maintainer is important. The alarm system draws minimal current. A normal battery would keep the system armed for at least 2 months (I have gone 2 months and the alarm was still working and boat fired up). But, it is of course temperature dependent and the more the alarm goes off the more current it uses.

If you do not need to worry about your battery freezing, then I would simply use two batteries and simply switch them monthly.

MattsCraft
11-02-2008, 11:42 AM
Thanks guys - I removed the batteries for winter, will re-instal when I get the alarm next week. I have power due to installing the security cameras, so I guess I will put the battery connected to the alarm on a maintanier. I am in Southern OH, it can get pretty cold, esp. in February.

Any issue with running the maintainer in cold weather? Any suggestions on maintainers?

I looked at these on the web:

http://www.autosportcatalog.com/index.cfm/fa/p/pid/4105/sc/15219
http://www.pacificbattery.com/schauer.html
http://www.pacificbattery.com/batterytender0165.html

Many Thanks:D

88 PS190
11-02-2008, 09:03 PM
We have some neighborhood kids tooling around and messing w/ our cars, I've been wanting to wire an audible alarm by my bed to a motion sensor out by the driveway. Scare the crap out of the kids and hope they don't come back...

Bodyshots
11-02-2008, 09:42 PM
I have had my cans taken before,this was camping.
Now i sleep in my boat every time we go camping.

bigmac
11-03-2008, 12:21 AM
Thanks guys - I removed the batteries for winter, will re-instal when I get the alarm next week. I have power due to installing the security cameras, so I guess I will put the battery connected to the alarm on a maintanier. I am in Southern OH, it can get pretty cold, esp. in February.

Any issue with running the maintainer in cold weather? Any suggestions on maintainers?

I looked at these on the web:

http://www.autosportcatalog.com/index.cfm/fa/p/pid/4105/sc/15219
http://www.pacificbattery.com/schauer.html
http://www.pacificbattery.com/batterytender0165.html

Many Thanks:D

Battery Tender is kind of the prototype, and it's a good unit. There are several others on the market. None of them will have a problem in cold weather if they're under cover.

A battery that's fully charged has a freezing point of about -95 F. There is no point to disconnecting it anyway.

MattsCraft
11-07-2008, 01:56 AM
Vision - Where did you mount your floor sensor? I would like to put it near the stern, however can't find a place to get under the decking there. I think I will have to place it forward of the center drain hatch. This is really the only place I can get under the decking and run the wires on an X2.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

VOLFAN
01-09-2009, 11:23 AM
I hope your alarm works. I had the same problem http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=23293&highlight=boat+alarm
I ended up making up my own alarm with a siren and three switches. I am guessing it is similar to waht you are purchasing only a fraction of the price. It has worked well. I had another attempted break in, but nothing was stolen. Last time they coverd my boat back up, but this time they didn't so i am guessing the closed the compartmet and got the heck out of dodge. I am going to purchase one of the motion light/camera you posted to go along with it. If you want instructions on how I did mine shoot me a PM. I hate thiefing low life Aholes! I hope for the day that I run across these people on the dock where my boat is located so i can throw some lead in their direction and then I do not think myself or any of the other slip owners will have a problem again.

VOLFAN
01-09-2009, 12:16 PM
How good or how bad is the video res. on the camera?

MattsCraft
01-09-2009, 02:30 PM
How good or how bad is the video res. on the camera?

I hope your alarm works. I had the same problem http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=23293&highlight=boat+alarm
I ended up making up my own alarm with a siren and three switches. I am guessing it is similar to waht you are purchasing only a fraction of the price. It has worked well. I had another attempted break in, but nothing was stolen. Last time they coverd my boat back up, but this time they didn't so i am guessing the closed the compartmet and got the heck out of dodge. I am going to purchase one of the motion light/camera you posted to go along with it. If you want instructions on how I did mine shoot me a PM. I hate thiefing low life Aholes! I hope for the day that I run across these people on the dock where my boat is located so i can throw some lead in their direction and then I do not think myself or any of the other slip owners will have a problem again.

Resolution is fair, not sure it is good enough to hold up in court??? For 100 bucks, you get a 300W motion light and the audio warning, which for me is killer. The motion sensor is as good as I have seen, far better than the crap sold at Home Depot and Lowes. I have tried to stealth past it both day and night and it always catchs me. I tried to upload a video, system only accepts .mov - The base format from the camera is .avi, I made a .mepg4, still won't accept it. Can't make a .mov, don't know that format, Mac??? Drop a pm with your email and I will shoot you over a movie. I guess the biggest draw back is you have to remove the SD card to look at the movies, but again for 100 bucks not bad. I will eventually be putting in a full DVR system.

I already have the alarm installed, wish I would have seen your response sooner, works great, only thing I would like is a louder horn, probably will switch out a 15 watt for a 30. Any info you have on system components would be great, also any info on wireless cameras and DVR would be great too.

VOLFAN
01-09-2009, 03:31 PM
I got my siren at a electronics store here in my town. It is just a basic fire siren with different siren sounds/alarms sounds. I know you can get car alarm type horn/siren at radio shack that would probably be better, but what I have is working right now. I have around 20 bucks in everything plus 1 hour labor and 6 pack of miller lite.

send the vid to mattn@charter.net I will have the light/camera setup above and behind my boat approx. 10 ft away. Just out of reach of anyone knocking it down.