SPOT Gen3 Launched
SPOT provides the world's first portable assistance service that operates solely on satellite technology offering tracking service coverage and SOS emergency contact from remote locations without the inherent limitations of traditional cellular-services.
Works Where Cell Phones Don't
Boaters can enjoy the suite of features SPOT offers, including:
Help: Alert your personal contacts that you need help in non-life-threatening situations.
Let family and friends know you're ok when you're out of cell phone range. Send a pre-programmed text message with GPS coordinates or an email with a link to Google Maps™ to your contacts with your location. With a push of a button, a message is sent via email or SMS to up to 10 pre-determined contacts and your waypoint is stored in your SPOT account for later reference. Your stored waypoints can be easily integrated into a SPOT Shared Page or SPOT Adventure account.
Allow friends and family to follow your progress online in near real-time and save waypoints so you can review your entire route at a later date.
Stay in touch while off the grid by sending your custom message. Set up a message before leaving to send to contacts with your GPS location. Use this feature as a secondary OK message or transfer your personal help alert to this message function if you are using a SPOT Assist service on your Help button.
With the push of a button, GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center provides your GPS coordinates and information to local response teams — for example contacting 9-1-1 responders in North America and 1-1-2 responders in Europe The S.O.S. button is for emergencies only.
SPOT units for sale at West Marine start at $149.99, with a $99.99 annual basic satellite service plan.
A BoatUS Membership and "Unlimited" towing plan for freshwater lakes and rivers, is only $72 a year. An Unlimited BoatUS saltwater towing plan is only $158.
For more information and to purchase SPOT Gen3, visit www.findmespot.com/assist.
*SPOT Gen3 service is available throughout inland waters and coastal North America, however not available in Hawaii. BoatUS considers SPOT units a valuable communication, tracking and locating tool, but encourages equipping your boat with a 406 Mhz EPIRB, 406 Mhz PLB and VHF/DSC Marine Radio for worldwide emergency on the water communication scenarios.