Can You Track a Vessel's Location Using Its GPS?


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As of 2015, it is possible to track a vessel's location using its GPS provided that the GPS is installed and registered with an appropriate network. For professional vessels, GPS tracking can be done through either a paid hardware service or a subscription service on a dedicated vessel tracking website.

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On personal sea vessels, such as a sailing boat or a jet ski, GPS equipment needs to be installed and registered with a service provider. This kind of service includes benefits such as live location tracking, geo-fencing and alerts that can be sent to a phone or email address should a vessel travel outside of a designated area.

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