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Check On Your Boat From Anywhere


Garmin enters the remote monitoring and control market with OnDeck.

Wish you could check the bilge water levels of your boat from afar? Or maybe you want the ability to flip on the boat’s air-conditioning system an hour before you set off? Perhaps you’d rest better at night knowing that your boat was sitting exactly where you left it. Remote monitoring and control systems deliver peace of mind by bringing your boat into the Internet of Things to keep you connected with it remotely. The newest product of this type is Garmin’s recently introduced OnDeck system.

OnDeck consists of a cellular/Wi-Fi base station, which can integrate seamlessly with the Garmin Marine Network and NMEA2000 systems; sensors that can detect thigs like pump activity, cabin or hatch entry, and battery charge levels; and up to five relay switches that allow you to trigger a switch remotely. Take a look:

Garmin OnDeck: Be There From Virtually Anywhere

The user interface takes place on your phone via the ActiveCaptain app, which can be set to automatically alert you via text message if the boat leaves its geofenced location, bilge pumps show unusual activity, or if other parameters you set up are broken. NMEA2000-compatible sensors ranging from engine data to water depth can interface with the system, and vessel data is stored in the cloud for up to 30 days.

$849.99 for the hardware, plus a subscription plan starting at $12.99/month | Click here to learn more, or visit

Lenny Rudow

New Boats, Fishing & Electronics Editor, BoatUS Magazine