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February 13, 2012   

GOST, the serious boat security guys (Panbo.com)
Panbo article

It doesn't matter that the Paradox Marine I've enjoyed visiting at past shows has changed its name to GOST (for Global Ocean Security Technology); I bet they'll still be showing off some interesting new tech in Miami this week. And probably more important is how knowledgeable and sophisticated GOST has become about the nuances of marine security over the years.

Experience is a great teacher, and GOST's has been accelerated because its home turf of South Florida has endured a plague of boat bandits who are pretty knowledgeable themselves.

Can you spot the telltale professionalism being exhibited on the Contender above as it blasts toward Cuba, probably for a load of drugs, or with a load of cash, or both?...

As I understand it, the camera that took that top photo was right next to, or attached to, a high-power sniper rifle on a USCG helicopter. And while the Coasties knew very well that the boat was stolen -- and had even found it thanks to the GOST tracking system carefully hidden on board -- they're still not allowed to shoot the bad guys. But what they can do sometimes is to shoot the outboards and thus disable the boat until a cutter makes the scene. That's why there's a guy -- probably the newest bandito -- back there uncomfortably close to the big twin Yamahas. The theory he's banking on is that the sniper won't blow holes in the outboards for fear of blowing a hole in him.

GOST Cloak Panbo article

In fact, that fine ocean-going center console may have successfully completed a round trip and then been abandoned in the Bahamas or Keys like many others. It might have even been recovered, but will it ever be the same? That's why GOST has focused on theft prevention lately.

Thus they've developed the Immobilizer that I tested with success on my 14-foot power catamaran (now dubbed L'il Gizmo and still in the fleet, though underutilized).

When activated by wireless fob, It simply prevents high current from starting an engine -- while passing through enough power to run stuff like stereos -- and it sets off a loud alarm if someone tries.

The Immobilizer usually sells for about $350 but right now is on Amazon for a surprising $121...

As I understand it, the camera that took that top photo was right next to, or attached to, a high-power sniper rifle on a USCG helicopter. And while the Coasties knew very well that the boat was stolen -- and had even found it thanks to the GOST tracking system carefully hidden on board -- they're still not allowed to shoot the bad guys. But what they can do sometimes is to shoot the outboards and thus disable the boat until a cutter makes the scene. That's why there's a guy -- probably the newest bandito -- back there uncomfortably close to the big twin Yamahas. The theory he's banking on is that the sniper won't blow holes in the outboards for fear of blowing a hole in him.

But we made it a double demo by getting a FLIR guy to bring along a First Mate handheld thermal camera, and sure enough that saw right through the Cloak. I don't know if any boat burglars are yet equipped with thermal, but I'll bet GOST has new ways to thwart them.  I'm headed to Miami later today with all sorts of demos lined up, even a tour of the USCG's SAR center, and stay tuned for some major new product releases starting tomorrow. Plus one never knows when something as impromptu as this tropical fog out might happen. 

 

GOST Cloak Panbo article
GOST Cloak Panbo article

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