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Old 02-08-2014
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Re: Radar and AIS

If you are never going to go boating after dark, if you are never going to go boating in the fog, if you are never going to go boating in a storm whether snow or rain, if you are never going to go boating in the third or second world, then all you need may be AIS. With good visibility in broad daylight you will be able to determine your location and see the rocks, the cliffs, the islands, the breakwaters, the boats in the mooring field with no lights showing, the bridges, the boats drifting with no electrical power, the anchored barges that should but don't display lights, and all the other stuff that doesn't transmit AIS. That said, for me AIS is a handy thing to have to augment my radar. Radar is like the new improved Mark XIV eyeball, AIS is like having a hearing aid when you are only sorta deaf......

Ian
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