Re: Lowrance AIS Confusion....
I'm confused as Lowrance don't make an MFD, as far as I know. I take it you mean a chartplotter. I have a HDS-5M chartplotter and use it to display AIS data that come from the Standard Horizon VHF. So I can testify that it works, but the implementation is not as good as Garmin's.
Based on my experience I'd go with another manufacturer, based on :
Ease of use, implementation of NMEA 2000 devices (poor), customer support (not great), implementation of DSC and AIS on the chartplotters (non-existent and poor, respectively)
Lowrance's speciality is the fishfinder market and that's where they excel, but for sailboat use I'd stay away.
The only thing stopping me selling it and getting a Garmin is the 2 months I spent getting the thing to display AIS targets with no help from the manual and customer support.
1984 Bristol 31.1
Alameda, California, USA
Last edited by MarkSF; 12-13-2012 at 11:54 PM.