Cheapest AIS - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance > Electronics
 Not a Member? 
  #1  
Old 08-12-2009
marigrace's Avatar
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
marigrace is on a distinguished road
Thumbs up Cheapest AIS

Hi All,
I am interested in AIS, but the cheapest way possible.
(AIS is Automatic identification system. For those of you who are not aware of this yet; It is an ANTI COLLISION SYSTEM FOR COMMERCIAL SHIPPING USED WORLDWIDE.)
We don't need a transponder, just a receiver that outputs to a laptop so I can find ships' GPS positions, heading and speed, who enter my security circle, which is set on a 20NM radius.
Yep, you guessed right, I am the navigator on our boat.
AIS data is transmitted on Ch 87 & 88 VHF and seeing we have 2 VHF radios and 3 laptops o/b; I thought that there must be a way to utilize our equipment, without buying more electronic boxes.
I've been looking around for months, on the internet for something.
When we were on the hard in New Zealand and talking to some locals, who put us in contact with a company here in Tauranga.
These guys put an audio filter in the radio.
The filter distinguishes between AIS data and interference.
It ouputs to the laptop and presto, we've got a pretty cheap AIS receiver. I'm not sure how it actually works, but it does.
We had this installed a month ago.
Included came heaps of usefull software on a dvd They even installed the software on all our laptops. We paid $130US.
And best of all, the software overlays on our MaxSea v10 charts and puts ships superimposed on the screen on the charts.
It beats radar hands down as it can 'look' around corners (islands) and without the usual radar 'clutter'.
This guy Adrian says that they send these filters, connector cable and software and all over the world for self installation.
Their website is Cheapest AIS SYSTEM for Yachts
I am sorry if this sounds like a commercial, but we are so happy with it, I just thought I share our experience. Marigrace
__________________
Finally we're sailing again.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 08-12-2009
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 864
Thanks: 1
Thanked 19 Times in 19 Posts
Rep Power: 9
aa3jy is on a distinguished road
There's one cheaper....

Cover your Area on the Live Navigation Map

Regards,

Clay AA3JY
s/v 'Tango'
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 08-12-2009
bitman's Avatar
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
bitman is on a distinguished road
i use a £40 scanner with a Discriminator Output connected to my laptop...
__________________
Beneteau Oceanis Clipper 343

Last edited by bitman; 08-12-2009 at 11:37 AM. Reason: typo
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 08-21-2009
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Benfleet
Posts: 58
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 7
wookie is on a distinguished road
I wish to install AIS on my ketch i intend to have a dedicated ariel on the Mizzen mast what type is recomended?
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 08-25-2009
2nd mate
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Belgium
Posts: 42
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
bartvdv is on a distinguished road
fyi: AIS is NOT better than a radar, it is different.
Fishermen and other yachts might not have a transponder.
And ships with an AIS are not obliged to switch it on.
AIS is only supplementairy info and a nice add-on.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 11-07-2009
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 75
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 5
mintcakekeith is on a distinguished road
I bought a NASA ais unit and find it ideal for my needs. it does not output to computer etc which is a shame but being oldfashioned I prefer stand alone units.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 11-07-2009
night0wl's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Fort Lauderdale
Posts: 1,402
Thanks: 0
Thanked 17 Times in 17 Posts
Rep Power: 9
night0wl is on a distinguished road
West Marine recently lowered the price on their Clas B unit. Send and recieve box...$499. I think its the best price for a Class B unit. You can use discount codes and free shipping and west rewards to get it down another 10-20%.

West Marine: AIS-1000 Class B “Send and Receive” AIS Transponder Product Display
__________________
S/V Jendai
Beneteau 343
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 11-09-2009
rikhall's Avatar
old guy :)
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Fredericton, NB, Canada
Posts: 1,028
Thanks: 12
Thanked 13 Times in 11 Posts
Rep Power: 7
rikhall will become famous soon enough
Quote:
Originally Posted by wookie View Post
I wish to install AIS on my ketch i intend to have a dedicated ariel on the Mizzen mast what type is recomended?
Because AIS transmits in the VHF range, I bought a new VHF mast top antenna and moved the old one to the radar pole. The old one works perfect for receiving AIS and the new one give me an even better signal on VHF.

Cheers

Rik
__________________
Irwin Citation 34
Mystery
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 11-09-2009
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
barnakiel is on a distinguished road
NASA.

If you have a laptop then their black box unit, if not then the one with screen. I think in the US Sitex sold them, but NASA is still in the UK.

b.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #10  
Old 11-17-2009
October Moon B43
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: SE Pennsylvania
Posts: 400
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 6
MJBrown is on a distinguished road
Just paid $435 for an ICOM5000 receiver only from Defender. I believe it was a boat show special.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


LinkBacks (?)
LinkBack to this Thread: http://www.sailnet.com/forums/electronics/57015-cheapest-ais.html
Posted By For Type Date
Cheapest AIS - SailNet Community This thread Refback 08-12-2009 09:04 AM
Sailing - WebPartner Channel This thread Refback 08-12-2009 08:40 AM

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Opinion wanted: Is RADAR mandatory for Cruising, or just get AIS? jgsteven Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 58 11-10-2010 05:08 PM
AIS interface with Raymarine C70 sirromcd Electronics 3 08-23-2009 07:26 AM
New AIS link artbyjody General Discussion (sailing related) 6 10-27-2008 01:43 AM
Raymarine AIS: Don't Buy It! bobwebster Gear & Maintenance 11 02-13-2008 10:25 AM
TV32 AIS software arghhh Gear & Maintenance 0 09-18-2007 02:29 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:52 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.