Before mounting the water level module and the mounting bracket, please locate an appropriate position in the boat. SmartBoat One is usually placed in the middle or back of the boat. For the best GPS and 4G radio communication, the unit should be placed as high as possible, and on a surface with the fewest possible metal components or materials obstructing radio signals. For steel and aluminium boats, the main unit must be mounted on an outer surface.
The water level module should be placed on a vertical surface near the bilge pump. The bulkhead will often be a good mounting surface. For motor boats, the bulkhead in front of the motor and batteries should be a suitable placement. For sailboats, a good placement would be in the middle of the boat, close to the SmartBoat One device and boat batteries. Mount the unit as high as possible.If the distance between the main unit and the water level module is more than 1,5m, or if the distance to the batteries is more than 2m, we recommend an extension cable. These are available at sensarmarine.com or your local dealer.
When you have found a suitable position in the boat, you can start the installation.
Mounting with screws: When using screws to connect the water level module, be careful not to penetrate the hull. Using screws in fiberglass requires pre-drilled holes. The included screws are Phillips Pan Head No.6 (stainless steel) 3,5mm x 13mm. Recommended size for the pre-drilled hole is 2.946mm
Mounting with tape: The included tape has great adhesion. It will be hard to remove when attached to a surface. Clean the surface with the included cleaning wipes, or use another alcohol based cleaner. The tape can withstand down to 5°C when mounting. It will obtain full adhesion after 24 hours.When using tape, press and hold for 30 seconds.
Mounting with screws is the strongest way to fasten the components. If you want to avoid using screws, but want a stronger adhesive than tape, Tec7 or equivalent is a good option.
Make sure the boat is moored securely, the engine turned off and the boat is not connected to electricity while you are installing SmartBoat One. Working near a lead battery can be dangerous, as lead batteries can generate explosive gasses. Avoid sparks or flames near a battery, and make sure you have sufficient ventilation surrounding the battery.
Use eye protective gear, and avoid eye contact while working near batteries. Wash hands when finished. If skin or clothes come into contact with battery acid, wash immediately with soap and water. If you get acid in your eyes, wash with cold water for at least 15 minutes, and contact medical assistance immediately. Be careful when using metal tools around batteries.
Dropping metal tools on a battery can create a short circuit, and possibly explosion or fire. Remove any personal elements like rings, bracelets, necklaces, watches or similar accessories when working with batteries. Batteries can generate a short circuit current strong enough to melt rings etc, thereby causing severe burns. Please mount cables to avoid wear and tear, to prevent short circuits or sparks on broken cables. Make sure the battery terminals are clean and the contacts are tightly fastened.
The SmartBoat One unit should only be opened by authorized personnel. The opening of the unit by unauthorized personnel will void the warranty. In the unlikely event of a fire in the SmartBoat One unit, toxic gasses can be emitted. Should this occur, ventilate the area properly. A fire inside the unit will not spread further.
Water level module
(ID and connection code)
Double sided tape
1. Mounting the water level module
- Place the water level module near the bilge pump, as close to the bottom as possible.
- Find a surface as straight and even as possible to mount the module.
- The water level module mounts vertically with the cable on top.
- The water level module can be mounted with screws, tape or glue. Do not attach anything around the module itself.
- Because of the water module’s sensor technology, it should not be mounted nearby metal compnents, fluid-carrying hoses, or wet surfaces. This can contribute to false readings of higher water levels than actually present.
2. Connect the batteries
Installation for 1 battery
- Connect the red wire, labeled “Consumption/house battery” to the positive (+) pin on the battery.
- Connect the black wire labeled “Ground” to the negative (-) pin on the battery.
- The purple wire labeled “Starter battery” is not used. To make sure the wire is not loose, it can be attached to the positive pin, together with the red wire labeled “Consumption/house battery”. Remove the fuse from the purple wire. Alternately, the battery cable lug on the purple wire can be isolated, and the wire attached to a suitable place with a strip.
- Make sure the negative pin on the battery is connected to common ground
Installation for 2 batteries
- Connect the red wire labeled “Consumption/house battery” to the positive pin (+) on the consumption battery.
- Connect the purple wire labeled “Starter battery” to the positive pin (+) on the starter battery.
- Connect the black wire labeled “Ground” to the negative pin (-) on the consumption battery.
- Make sure the negative pin (-) on both batteries is connected to common ground.
3. Connect the bilge pump
For bilge pumps with automatic or internal level switch and bilge pumps with external level switch.
- To be able to connect SmartBoat One to the bilge pump we first need to mount the T-splice wire on the correct bilge pump wires. This is done with a Tap Connector.
- Bilge pump with automatic or internal level switch. This type of pump usually has three wires, labelled: Black (-), brown/white (+) and brown (+).
- Bilge pump where an external level switch is necessary. This type of pump usually has two wires, labelled: Black (-), brown (+) or red (+).
How to mount the T-splice wire:
See the sections below, to decide where the T-splice wire shall be installed.
- Open “hinged side wall” on the Tap Connector.
- Place the Tap Connector on the wire from the bilge pump, so that the wire is positioned in the “run channel”. Close “hinged side wall”.
- Insert T-Splice wire end into the tap port. The wire shall be inserted until it stops in the Tap Connector end wall.
- Use a set of pliers, hold the pliers perpendicular to the wire, and make the connection by crimping the u-contact down flush with the top of the Tap Connector.
- Close Tap Connector top-lid, and make sure the locking mechanism clicks into place.
Bilge pump with automatic or internal level switch:
The T-splice cable mounts to the manual cable. This is usually brown/white or just brown, and typically the same cable that connects to the instrument dashboard for manual operation of the Bilge pump and indicator light.
The brown/white cable from the I/O cable labelled “Bilge Pump” is then attached to the T-splice cable. The illustration suggests proper placement.See installation video
Bilge pump with external level switch.
The T-splice cable mounts to the brown (+) or red (+) wire between the bilge pump and level switch. Then the brown/white wire from the IO cable labelled “Bilge pump” is connected to the T-splice cable. The illustration suggests proper placement.
If the cable labelled “Bilge Pump” is too short, use an extension cable.See installation video
4. Mounting the main unit
Mounting the bracket
- Do not attach the main unit to the bracket before mounting. Make sure that you have at least 8cm space below the bracket, so there's space to connect the cables underneath the main unit.
- Mount the bracket on a solid surface in the rear or middle of the boat, as high as possible.
- For best GPS and 4G radio communication, the unit should be placed on a surface with the fewest possible metal components and materials obstructing radio signals. For steel and aluminium boats, the main unit must be mounted on an outer surface.
- Screw, tape or glue the bracket into place.
Connecting cables to the main unit
- Connect the water module to the 5 pinned contact.
- Connect the I/O cable to the 4 pinned contact. When the cables are connected to the main unit, the LED lights on the SmartBoat One will light for a few seconds. If they don't, please check the battery connection.
Mounting SmartBoat One to the mounting bracket:Mounting SmartBoat One to the mounting bracket:
- Mount the unit with the bottom down (blue part down) and insert into the rails.
- The main unit is mounted correctly when you hear a click in the mounting bracket.
5. Download the Sensar Marine app
Download and install the Sensar Marine app from the Google Play store or Apple App Store, search for Sensar Marine. Follow the instructions in the app for user registration. Enter your email address to register a user account.
Connect to the unit with a unique pairing code. The pairing code is found on the card in the box, or the unit itself.
The battery is charged when necessary. SmartBoat One can run an estimated 40 days without charging, potentially up to 6 months, depending on factors such as sensor configurations, data speed and whether it is receiving 4G signals. SmartBoat One will charge the internal battery when the boat is in use, or when the consumption battery is charging. If the internal battery runs empty, SmartBoat One will automatically start an emergency mode, charging the internal battery from the consumption battery to maintain continuous monitoring and alerts. A full charging cycle of the internal battery will use approximately 15Wh from the consumption battery. A standard 80Ah (1016Wh) boat battery has 67 times that capacity.
Sensar Marine´s app is available for free download from the Google Play store or the Apple App store.
The subscription includes:
Operations and maintenance of the system
Data traffic from the boat to the owner's app
SMS alert when an alarm is triggered
Tracking and location of boat
Physical Dimension97mm width, 112.5mm height, 35.5mm depth
Status LED lightsRGB (Red, Green, Blue)
SensorsWater level, temperature, accelerometer, battery level
Position techmulti-GNSS receiver
Analog inputs3 (Battery 1, Battery 2, Bilge pump) + GND
Operational voltage10-30 V direct current
Temperature-20°C < T < 60°C
Mounting bracket28mm depth, 90mm width, 83mm height
Mobile connectivity4G / LTE built in modem
Built in radio868 mHz
SmartBoat One is an advanced monitoring system that gives you a complete overview of the boat’s condition at all times. The system aims to reduce the loss of life in the event of accidents and reduce costly damages to the boat.
It is designed to withstand the harsh maritime environment we have in Norway and can be installed in everything from open center consoles to larger cabin cruisers.
Monitors important factors that can damage the boat, such as water level, battery level, movement, impact, temperature, and theft.
- Mobile app with full overview and history
- Alarm on your cell phone when something is wrong
- Easy do-it-yourself installation in 30 minutes
- Waterproof (IPX7) and designed for rough conditions
- Maintenance-free and updates itself
- Runs on its own battery which recharges when using the boat
- Possible reduction in insurance premium and deductible
- Keeps you updated on the boat’s position at all times and logs all trips
- Share access to the app with more people for added security