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VMS for Less and Much Much More.

The SkyMate Vessel Monitoring System is designed for commercial fishermen with NOAA tracking requirements. Of all the VMS providers, SkyMate offers the most affordable VMS system that also includes sea surface temperatures, weather forecasts, fish prices, email, and other value-added services that can help you run your fishing business.




VMS Approved by NOAA for MTU-based vessel monitoring across the continental U.S. Vessel position is secure and is automatically sent to fishing authorities per regulations.

Position Specify

Position Specify Sends automated position reports to NOAA and anyone else you specify when you specify. The reports are sent by email and include easy to read full color charts.


Weather Get real time forecasts with color NEXRAD radar images or 24 hour NOAA charts when you want. Plus, receive text forecasts and 7 day projections with wave height, wind speed and direction, and buoy reports.

Fish Prices

Fish Prices Fish prices from the Fulton Fish Market in NY or the New England Auction in Boston can be obtained daily.

Sea Surface Temperatures

NEW! sea surface temperatures SkyMate's SST services provides the most up-to-date sea surface temperature charts to your vessel, and you can choose to have charts sent to you in a number of ways:

* upon request

* scheduled for delivery at a specified time

* have updates sent automatically whenever new source data is generated


Email Keep in touch with family and friends while at sea. Send and receive info important to your business such as current fish prices or catch reports.

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SkyMate VMS Package

Designed for commercial fishermen with NMFS tracking requirements. Includes a SkyMate satellite communicator with an internal 12 channel GPS receiver with NEMA input capabilities, the SkyMate approved premium commercial grade 48 fiberglass VHF band antenna, a marine grade GPS antenna with 30 of LMR coax cable for the VHF and GPS antennas, a GPS data cable, and a 8V 3.2 A-hr. sealed reserve battery. The package also includes the VMS user guide, power cables, a serial-to-USB adapter, a message indicator light, a serial data cable, and SkyMate PC software. This Package is not currently type approved for the Reefish Program(Amendment 18A).

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Frequency band VHF
Transmit frequency 148-150 Mhz
Receive frequency 137-138 Mhz
Antenna impedance 50 Ohms
Input voltage 12-24 V DC
Transmit current 2.5 A (1% duty cycle)
Receive current 170 milliamps
Data interface DB9 Female RS232 level
Satellite network ORBCOMM
Operating conditions 40-185 degree F
Humidity 95%
Length 7.08 in (180 mm)
Width 4.06 in (104 mm)
Height 1.42 in (30 mm)
Weight 24.9 oz (800 grams)
GPS 12 channel

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Service Plans

SkyMate offers you the flexibility to change your service plan month-to-month based on your fishing activity. *

Platinum Plan

Send or receive 50,000 characters per month for just $73.99. Additional data costs only $1.40 per 1000 characters.

Gold Plan

Send or receive 20,000 characters per month for just $38.99. Additional data costs only $1.90 per 1000 characters.

Silver Plan

Send or receive 8,000 characters per month for just $21.99. Additional data costs only $2.25 per 1000 characters.

SkyMate suggests the following plans based on your reporting requirements. Each position report equals 20 characters.

Reporting Interval Reports Per Day Characters/Month Lowest Cost Plan Lowest Plan with Messaging
Hourly 24 14,400 Silver Gold
Every 30 Minutes 48 28,800 Gold Platinum

*$149 one time fee charged upon activation.

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