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Old 02-05-2010
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Do it, I perspmally think it is worthwhile.

I have the AIS500 transponder and am happy with. I don't think that a big ship is going to call me, but as I am transmitting AIS signals it is going to set off all sorts of alarms in the bridge (at quite a distance) if a collision is likely, so most likely they'll just change course by a degree or three - particularly as they can see from my AIS data that I'm a sailing boat and probably am the stand-on vessel. Those extra Mw of electricity are a small price to pay for a bit of additional security.

You can always turn off the transmit feature on AIS if you have the transponder.
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