Jan 25, 2018

BRNKL BoothHere’s a solution for people who suffer from “Boater’s Anxiety” who need to know the health and status of their boat while they’re away. BRNKL is a remote boat monitoring product that provides peace of mind to boaters whether they’re on-board or halfway around the world. BRNKL allows you to monitor your boat’s critical components from your smartphone, tablet or computer ensuring you spend less time worrying and more time preparing for your next boating adventure.

Brandon Wright had this to say about how the product came to be “Our story began in January 2017 when our sailboat broke moorage and floated to shore during a below-freezing winter storm.”

BRNKL Installation


“First, there was the jarring 3am phone call from my panic-stricken father, who heard crashing on the shore. Then, there was a 45-minute drive over fallen debris and icy roads. And finally, the worst part was seeing our beloved 27′ Catalina, SV Inconceivable, beaten up on the beach with waves crashing on its hull.”

BRNKL Installed“Inconceivable had likely been on the beach for several hours at this point, given the state of the tides. By the time I arrived, my father Ken was already on the scene and getting into his dry suit, ready to tackle the incoming waves. Without hesitation, I slipped into my wetsuit and together we worked to winch the boat off of the beach.”
“After hours of arduous work, the vessel was dragged from the beach by using a secure mooring buoy and the boat’s manual winch. By sunrise, Inconceivable was successfully placed on a temporary mooring buoy, much to our happiness – and exhaustion.”

After saving SV Inconceivable, Brandon started looking for a product that could alert him if his boat ever broke moorage again.

One of the requirements he looked for was a hardware product that could send alerts upon the vessel floating outside of a set ‘geofence’. His findings were scarce – none of the available solutions employed innovative technology, let alone the prevalent connected touch Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
With his deep understanding of IIoT, remote surveillance and electrical engineering, Brandon knew he could build a better solution. Several months later, after endless nights and even longer days, a prototype was born, with an accompanying app. In his hands, Brandon held the first iteration of BRNKL by Barnacle Systems.

Features of the BRNKL System:

Built In Monitoring:

• GPS tracking with geo-fence alerts
• Camera
• Motion sensor
• Impact sensor
• Temperature, humidity and barometric pressure sensor

External Wired Monitoring:

• Monitor up to 4 Batteries
• Bilge activity monitoring
• Shore power monitoring
• Monitor up to 4 digital inputs such as doors/windows and high water switches
• Trigger 2 outputs to turn on sirens, lights, or other devices

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